Bridges on his way?

Last updated : 25 April 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The former Mackem forward is currently recovering from a snapped Achilles tendon but is expected to be fully-fit in time for pre-season training.

But the Yorkshire Post, the paper which correctly predicted the circumstances and fee involved in the Jonathan Woodgate deal, claim that he may have played his last game for Leeds and could join us for £1.5million in the summer.

Friday’s edition alleges: "Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson has been monitoring Bridges' progress with a view to a possible move in the summer.

"Bridges, who cost £4.5m four years ago, would be allowed to leave for a fee in the region of £1.5m as Leeds continue to seek ways of reducing their wage bill.

"Although interim manager Peter Reid is a huge admirer of the player he groomed for stardom at Sunderland, Leeds would not be able to resist any seven-figure offer for a player who has been unavailable for too many games due to injury."

If Bridges does arrive and recapture the form of his early days at Leeds he would prove to be one of Sir Bobby’s shrewdest signings.

Of course he may prove to be the new Duncan Ferguson / Carl Cort.