The People is reporting today that Sam Allardyce is after Norwegian Brede Handeland, the 6’4â€ 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 â€“ 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 Â£7M for – but we think that is for a left back.
A bid of Â£2.3M for Hangeland seems reasonable to us.
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 Â£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 â€“ 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 6’4â€ 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.