We may not be signing many first team players in January, but Newcastle United have moved quickly to snap up some great looking youngsters.
Chris Mort with our New Recruitment Team – more youngsters arriving
There was news today from Sweden that Newcastle have indeed signed Swedish 17 year-old goalkeeper Ole SÃ¶derberg â€“ according to news reports initiating from there. Ole is currently the 3rd choice goalkeeper at the BK Hacken club in Gothenburg, Sweden, and he’s obviously another player for the future.
Sky Sports is also reporting today that 18 year-old Slovakian defender Tomas Hanzel, has only just completed a three-day trial at Newcastle United.
The youngster already plays for Spartak Trnava in the town of Trnava, which is historically one of the most successful clubs in Slovakia. Tomas played a practice match for the Under-19s during his stay on , and from all reports looked an impressive youngster.
Hanzel’s agent, Juraj Venglos told Setanta Sports today:
“It was more of a test than anything. We knew he would not be moving to Newcastle in January.â€
“Tomas did his best, people at the club were very satisfied with his commitment and performances.â€
“He had a chance to have a closer look at a big club, which was very good for him. He met players like Owen, Emre and Viduka.”
Venglos also believes there is a possibility of Hanzel returning to Newcastle in the summer transfer window, although it’s certain nothing will happen now in January.
We believe Ole SÃ¶derberg has already signed for the club, and the Evening Chronicle also suggested today, that Newcastle may be bringing in an Italian youngster before midnight tomorrow. We understand he is 17 year-old Fabio Zamblera, who is an Italian Under-18 International from Atalanta. Fabio is a big strong striker, and has already passed his medical at the cliub, and turns 18 in April.
These are sensible acquisitions for the club, but we still wish we could have seen 3 good first teamers through the door in January. 😀