It turns out that Newcastle United signed two players yesterday, as they completed the signings of Italian striker Fabio Zamblera and Swedish goalkeeper Oli Soderberg.
Fabio Zamblera and Oli Soderberg – two 17 year-old captures
We had reported the signing of Soderberg a couple of days ago, but today is the first time Newcastle have acknowledged that signing so in fact we brought in 5 youngsters in January â€“ if only the Premier league was for 18 year olds and under. 😀
The pair, who are both 17 years old, have both signed four-and-a-half-year deals at Newcastle United, which keeps them at the club until the summer of 2012, and it looks like we have made a great start to our recruitment of young stars to Newcastle.
Sweden under-17 international Soderberg joins from BK Haken. Since Fabio is 6’3″ it looks like Oli is around 6’5″ from the photograph above, and probably still growing. Oli spoke to nufc.co.uk after completing his move.
“I am really looking forward to signing for Newcastle and the challenge that lies ahead.“
“There are lots of great players at this club and I hope that I can learn from the likes of Shay Given.”
Italian under-18 star Fabio Zamblera of course signed from Atalanta, as we reported last night, and he told nufc.co.uk today:
“Newcastle is a very big club and it has a very impressive stadium.â€
“There are lots of very good strikers at this club and I know there are famous names such as Michael Owen and Mark Viduka.”
“I can also remember Oba Martins and Emre from when they played in Italy.”
The 5 young players we have signed in January are Ben Tozer (England), Wesely Baheng (France), Tamas Kadar (Hungary), Fabio Zamblera (italy) and Oli Soderberg (Sweden).
A great start to our youth drive and from 5 different countries. We now need to at least replicate this in the summer for senior players – and we’ll be in great shape.