Newcastle in for Norwegian Brede Hangeland

The People is reporting today that Sam Allardyce is after Norwegian Brede Handeland, the 6’4” defender from FC Copenhagen who we have covered before on this site.

Brede certainly fits at least some of the profile for defenders Sam is looking to bring into the club. Hangeland is big and strong – but like Rozehnal has no experience of the Premiership.

As reported late last week we are also said to be after another defender who we have presumably bid £7M for – but we think that is for a left back.

A bid of £2.3M for Hangeland seems reasonable to us.


Brede Hangeland

Sam is said to be hoping to land the 6ft 4in defender in the next few days – and will pay FC Copenhagen in the region of £2.3M. Hangeland, 26, has been linked with a move away from Copenhagen for several weeks now – and Allardyce thinks he can be a major addition to the St James’ Park squad.

It is expected that the starting center-backs at Newcastle next season will be Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal – but Sam wants Brede to fight for his place at Newcastle – nothing wrong with that. We also believe Brazilian center-back Edmilson will be on his way to the club at the beginning of January from FC Barcelona – so we will eventually have a number of center-backs fighting it out for starting positions.

Hangeland, who was born in Houston, Texas in June, 1981, can also play as a defensive midfielder, but Newcastle want him as a solution to their central defensive problems. Brede is said to be under contract until September 2009, but Copenhagen are willing to let him move on and Newcastle are busy negotiating the fee.

Here is some information we have had in a previous transfer update on Hangeland.

Standing over 6’4” tall, Hangeland plays as a defender (center back) or defensive midfielder. He arrived at Viking from local club Vidar F.K. at the start of the 2001 season. He made his International debut in a 1-0 win against Austria in 2002, and has so far played more than 30 matches for Norway, mostly as a central defender.

In 2005, he was made captain of Viking, and has played a total of 187 games for the club.
On January 16, of last year he signed a contract with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen and has since played 45 times for them scoring one goal.

We think Hangeland will be a good addition to the Newcastle squad – but he looks at best to be a back-up who will need to fight for his place in the team or can come in when there are injuries. We think Hangeland can do well in the Premiership and he would be good value for money.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like a a player big Sam would go for and after seeing Carlisle’s goal ysterday we certainly need some height in defence and if he can play def mid at least if Butt got injured he could play there.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Howie – agreed – every one in the squad cannot be starters but Hangeland looks good – and cut out for the Premiership – a typical Sam player and as we say good value for money.

  • Dahl - Norway

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Brede Hangeland has suddenly grown to become a real class defender. Nothing wrong with Brede, when he played in Norway, but the dansih league is a better league and he has really growned as both a player and as a person.
    For the last couple of games for Norway, he has been the best player, and his apperance has been 10 times better than players like Riise, Carew and Gamst Pedersen.

    2,7 million for the best defender from Norway (at the time) is a small fee to pay. I`m 100% sure he allready is a better defender than for instance Henning Berg (manu-blackburn). He remindes me alot about young Steven Taylor. You can actually se he`s heart outside of the shirt, and he is the kind of guy you really want to have by you side when the is a battle to win….

  • chris

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    :O jsut found out that fanni has jsut signed a 4 year contract with rennes, another target gone out the window?

  • t-g-w

    Jul 22, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Apparently Allardyce wasn’t after Fanni so I wouldn’t worry too much. SA said he wanted players with Premiership experience first and foremost, but if he is going after another player from Europe, he should go after Barzagli – it seems too good an opportunity to turn down.

    1 last thing – apparently the 7 million was for Heinze (as reported yesterday).

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 22, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    we are also linked with baptista today, it also seems true because there are quotes from the player.

    He says we are a big club and would consider if he becomes surplus to requirements. it would be great if we signed him for 6m and played him in midfield whilst barton is out. Also we could get Gudjohnsen as an alternative and play him in midfield. Ed you should maybe do an article on this 😉

    So Sam needs to buy one of them and 3/4 defenders.

    Hopefully we match the luke young bid unless he has someone else lined up.
    Hangeland sounds good.
    Curtis Davies, worth a 6m bid
    Baines, don’t let him go to the mackems, he is class.

  • Big Sam Fan

    Jul 22, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    buy Hangeland, Baines (as a must, this guy will be Englands next left back) he will be class for next 10 years also Baptista does look a good player and as saha did loaned in for a season and look how he turned out at fulham, he was scoring for fun and Baptista looks alot better. we still should look at bids for Gonzalo Rodriguez (Villerreal) and Micah Richards (Man City)

  • MightyMilburn

    Jul 22, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I have watched Hangeland play several times (as I live in Copenhagen). He is strong in the air and fairly decent at commanding the line, but I still have my doubts whether or not he has the required qualities to be more than a back-up player at Newcastle. I would look elsewhere if I was BSA.. (depending on what you are looking for)


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