The Daily Telegraph has been reporting that Newcastle may be pursuing Greta Steinsson, the Iceland international, who signed a new deal with AZ AlkmaarÂ only this summer.
We caution that we don’t know how much truth there is in this story. However,Â Greta was one of the four full backs we profiled in our Four Foreign Full Backs For Newcastle story on Monday – so he is certainly available.
Let’s take a look at this story – we’re not sure if Steinsson fits the bill.
Middlesbrough were interested in Greta before they eventually signed Luke Young from Charlton Athletic recently.Â The best way to describe Steinsson is as a wing back since he can play either right-back or right-wing much like our own Charles N’Zogbia on the left hand side.
GrÃ©tar Rafn Steinsson was born on January 9, 1982 in SiglufjÃ¶rÃ°ur in Iceland. He currently plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland and also regularly for the Iceland national team. His position is right back but Greta can also play on the right wing as mentionedÂ above.
It was interesting that in July his club AZ Alkmaar announced they had accepted a Â£2.3M bid from Middlesbrough for Greta. But after it was accepted Alkmaar raised the price to Â£4M and that seems to be the price quoted by recent news reports onÂ Newcastle beingÂ interested.
We think the asking price of Â£4M is far too high for Steinsson and would be surprised if Big Sam would be willing to pay that amount. Sam has also indicated he is after full backs who are not converted wingers – but are more defensively minded.Â Â Steinsson doesn’t seem toÂ fit this description.Â
Our gut feeling on this one is that we’re not sure he would be a good signing for us – certainly not for the asking price – so we’d rather pass on Greta.
But we’ll see what transpires on this – he is certainly available and can play right full back.