Are Newcastle Still After Russian Captain?

Russian captain Andrei Arshavin has been tracked by Sam Allardyce during the last couple of months, and there were even reports that Sam may have wanted to sign the Russian in January.


Andrei Arshavin
– Russian captain wants to play in England

We have no idea if Andrei will have Kevin Keegan’s interest, and certainly his name has not been mentioned much since Kevin took over the Tyneside club again last Wednesday. But Arshavin looks an excellent player well suited to the Premier League.

He has been linked with a move to quite a few leading European clubs in recent months, including Newcastle and Everton. The 26-year-old Zenit St Petersburg midfielder and striker has freely admitted a transfer to England would be an attractive proposition to him – as he said recently:

“Of course I want to play in England,”

Zenit St Petersburg Director of Sport Konstantin Sarsania claimed Newcastle United and Everton were two clubs after the attacking midfielder:

“Newcastle, Everton and Marseille were interested in Arshavin,”

“Also a few other European football agents asked us about terms of his transfer but we didn’t receive any official offer.”

“I know that Newcastle and Everton scouts visited our games to watch Andrei.”

However, Kevin has also stated he wants players who can immediately produce at the club, and don’t need any bedding-in period. That criteria may not apply to Andrei who we believe would cost around £7M.

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 32 times for Russia scoring 9 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 211 times and scored 45 goals since making his debut in 2000. Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is an attacking player in midfield or up front.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully – But i highly doubt it.


    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Good player but wouldnt see the best of him till at least next season if we got him!

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Hes a bit of a russian barton,but attacking wise he is one of the best in europe.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Why do people say that, he got sent of in Andorra for stamping someone, but he hasnt got a bad disciplinary record.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #5

    If anyone is watching Morrocco v Namibia, watch for Chamakh, possibly a good big striker for us.

  • zebra 2

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    how many discussion points today ed ???

    I have seen him a bit and like him, quite similar in style to milner jinking one way then the other. Definately a good option for us.

    It always puzzles me when a new manager takes over that we chase the same players as the old manager. Maybe that says something about the player.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Chamakh for Bordoux ??? he’s tit.

  • Srky

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Andrei is good. I would like him in NUFC!

  • t-g-w

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Burnley have been linked with a bid for Dundee’s Robson in the Times today. Is he really any good?!

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Ive heard some good things about Arshavin, attacking type player is whats needed ASAP. He is a more realisic target than others who weve all mentioned. He would be a good signing


    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I would love us to sign just youth with serious potential, especially english the Villa way

    curtis davies if we could take him from villa in the summer, be a future england partnership!
    then if this rumour of Richards is true, england back 3 for a decade, (although never going to happen)
    miguel veluso, great great player – depends whether he would want to come, tackles and passes.
    Bentley would be another – i dont believe that milner has the pace and more on top his delivery isnt enough to compensate still unilike becks

    think deco would be a mistake old, and i dont think good enough for the prem, would prefer diego by a long way

    As for strikers more of a question of offloading first for me
    Smith – so average always was and we will never get 6 for him
    Shola – anything, especially with norwich shouting
    then let carrol get his chance, the duke and martins and owen – we have too much quantity rather than quality – although would love to see the huntlaars and as one joke rumour david villa there!!

  • Oba Martins

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    GET HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • al

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    This guy is fantastic just the player we need.If you loved peter beardsley this guy is in the
    same mould. BUY BUY BUY !!!!!!!

  • Number 9

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Would be a good buy but wouldn’t sell many shirts with Arse shavin on.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Get rid of smith, he dosent score enuf goals, even when he plays up front

  • t-g-w

    Jan 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Wrong – when Smith first went to Manure and was being deployed as a striker his goal scoring record was phenomenal. He got dropped unfairly because Van Nistelrooy just walked back into the side. He then got converted into a DM and then got his shocking injury. He has the ability to be one of our best strikers I hope he gets given a chance. His record at Leeds was very good too.

  • Patrick

    Jan 21, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17
    he’s sick..completely the sort of player newcastle should be looking for…fast,tricky and scores goals..should be a no brainer.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18

    How many goals has he scored for the toon t-g-w? ‘one’ goal in a poxy friendly. Thats just not good enough mate. He has played nearly evry game. Not good enough

  • Leo*

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    i dont think he looks 5.8″ like, looks more like 5.11″ he would be good to get. but if he is 5.8″ then he would be too small we need big strong quick athletes

  • scott9

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    he would be an exellent signing i was looking forward to see if big sam would bring him in this jan but i cant see keegan going for him he probably dont even no who he is and plaus keegan wants premiership players.

  • neil09

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    i would be exteremly happy with getting in Simao or Bentley, Huntelaar, and one of either Arshavin or Elmander

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Arshavin is about 5’7


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