There are reports circulating again that Newcastle may be after Freddie Ljungberg the Arsenal mid-field player. No way to know right now if there is truth to this but Freddie would be a good addition to the squad and provide some experience as an attacking midfielder at Newcastle.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is apparently ready to let his Swedish star leave the club on a free transfer.
The fact that Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle are said to be the two clubs after Freddie suggests to us that Sam Allardyce was interested in Freddie when he was still at Bolton â€“ and therefore this rumor may have some truth to it.
With Samâ€™s reputation of bringing the best out of aging stars may attract Ljungberg to Newcastle. Not that Freddie is very old â€“ having just turned 30 in April.
The Swedish international made 26 appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring two goals and at Arsenal has made a total of 214 appearances scoring 46 goals.
He was signed by Wenger in 1998 from Swedish club Halmstads BK for Â£3M.
Ljungberg joined Halmstads in Sweden as a youth player at the age of five. He made his senior debut for them on 23 October 1994 in the Swedish First Division against AIK at the age of seventeen. He went on to make 139 appearances and score 16 goals for Halmstads and won both the Swedish Cup and League title with the club. Halmstads BK last won the Swedish league in 2004.
Freddie has played 63 times for Sweden scoring 13 goals.
To us there seems little risk in going after Freddie â€“ itâ€™s certainly a good price â€“ and Freddie can give us that extra bit of class as an attacking midfielder.
We will need a larger squad than last year to challenge for a higher position in the league â€“ even though we have not qualified for Europe. Players like Freddie would vastly improve our squad – and he still has a good few years left in top class football.
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