Wheats never considered Toon

Teessider stopper wouldn't become a Geordie

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David Wheater insists he never considered signing for Newcastle United.

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The former Middlesbrough star joined Bolton in January, but at one stage he was strongly tipped with a move to Boro's North East rivals.

However, he insists it was never a realistic proposition as Bolton prepare to tackle Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday.

"I would have been ­slaughtered if I had signed for Newcastle," he said.

Big rivalry

"There's big rivalry with Middlesbrough and Newcastle and I think of it as a local derby. The fans up there love their ­football, it's what they live for.

"I don't have any mates who support the Geordies - I wouldn't let them be!

"I'll get a bit of stick, but I like that, it's quite nice to get it sometimes."

Wheater has made a brilliant start to life with Bolton as he is yet to concede a goal whilst on the pitch.

"I thought I might be a bit homesick coming here, but it's been great. I love the area and the lads and staff have been superb," he said.

"I didn't expect to get into the team so quickly, but it is what I came here to do."