Why Harry Redknapp Can Keep His Hands Off Newcastle United's Mike Williamson

Paul ReeceContributor IINovember 12, 2010

Williamson an Colo - solid at the back
Williamson an Colo - solid at the backMike Hewitt/Getty Images

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be considering an audacious £4 million bid for Mike Williamson.

The Newcastle defender has formed a solid partnership with Argentine Fabriccio Coloccini at the heart of United defense.

And The Sun claims Redknapp is considering a move for the defender as a long term replacement for injury plagued former Newcastle man Jonathan Woodgate.

Williamson has proved popular among the United fans and after describing the 5-1 victory over Sunderland as the highlight of his career is obviously enjoying his time at United.

After six torrid months at Portsmouth, where he failed to make an appearance, United's move for Williamson reignited his career.

Personally, I would love to see him stay at United, and £4 million is long way from his valuation—should he be temped by Champions League football, however, he may want to remember not all moves from United work out for the best.

Look at Habib Beye at Aston Villa, leaving United for stay in the Premiership and barely featuring for them in the two years at Villa Park.

The former Watford man appears settled on tyneside and with the likes of Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Sebastian Bassong and Younes Kaboul at Spurs its difficult to see where exactly he would fit into the Spurs side.

He has been solid for United, and its easy to see why the 'big" clubs are sniffing around him, but I hope Williamson chooses to stay at United rather then jump ship.

His form has left it difficult to see where Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor will fit into the Current United side.

With Coloccini a firm fan favorite, it may Williamson, Campbell and Taylor fighting for one position when all three are full fit.

For me, I would like to see Taylor given a chance at right-back, but whilst he won't commit to the club he is struggling to gain any sympathy from United's fans over his contract renewal.

Many fans feel until he commits he should be forced to sit out the year in the reserves—a valid point but I would prefer to see us get the best from him or sell him for the best price we can get.