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 donâ€™t need any bedding-in period. That criteria may not apply to Andrei who we believe would cost around Â£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?