Things are starting to heat up, in terms of who Newcastle may bring into the club in January. There is a good likelihood weâ€™ll bring in quite a number of youngsters, who look to have their best years ahead of them.
A more seasoned player we are linked with today is Andrei Arshavin, the captain of the Russian national side. The Daily Mirror suggests we could make an Â£8M move in January for the Russian playmaker.
One of the youngsters that seems to have got approval from our readers is young American Red Bullâ€™s striker Jozy Altidore. Weâ€™ve had quite a few notes since yesterday, from some of our American readers about the youngster. The overwhelming attitude is that the boy could be a great signing for the club, but donâ€™t be surprised if Newcastle have competition for the youngster’s signature in January.
The Russian captain Arshavin has skippered Russia to the brink of European 2008 qualification, to the possible exclusion of England, and Sam Allardyce is known to be a big fan of the 26-year-old Zenit St Petersburg attacking midfielder. It turns out that Russia’s domestic season ends this weekend, so a move in January would make sense and the Russian has said would be interested in a new challenge if Zenith win the Russian title.
Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad) and is a top player for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg. He can play both as a midfielder and as a striker and has played 26 times for Russia scoring 7 goals, since making his debut on May 17, 2002 in a match against Belarus. He has captained the Russian side in their quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink. Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 229 times and scored 55 goals since making his debut in 2000. Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is a tigerish player in midfield.
Andrei won the Russian Premier League Award for the player of the season largely because of his ability to play in various positions – as a winger, playmaker and striker. He is known for his superb pace, skill, vision, technique and passing and these attributes coupled with his hard working play have turned him into one of the most important players for both his club and country.
Looks like Andrei could be a good signing for Newcastle in January to add to our midfiled attacking options, which we are a little light on right now. Certainly it would be a good way to get Newcastle United on the map in Russia.
What do you think? Would Andrei be the type of signing you’d like to see at Newcastle in January?
Let us know – comments always welcome.