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Macedonia Striker Still Pursued by Newcastle

1:02 pm, Monday, February 18th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

There have been reports ever since the opening of the January transfer window, that Lazio striker Goran Pandev is a target for Newcastle United.

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Goran Pandev – see you in the summer

The Daily Star Sunday reported back in January that Kevin Keegan was interested in the striker, who has already attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Liverpool and Valencia this season.

Goran talked about Newcastle’s move in January:

“This morning the people from the club told me about the offer from Newcastle,”

“Keegan’s club want the negotiations to start soon, but I don’t know anything about the figures and a possible sum.”

“I am used to offers lately, but I don’t decide, so this time it’s not up to me again”

“Several days ago we agreed with Lazio for me to stay up to June, but anything is possible.”

But this may be one transfer that we are pursuing for the summer, since Keegan has already said he though it would have been a risk to bring in stars from Europe in the January window.

If Kevin signs them early in the summer, they will have a couple of months to acclimatize to England, and to how Keegan wants Newcastle to play.

Pandev has played 121 times for Lazio since joining them in 2004, and has scored 38 goals for the Rome club. He stands just over 6’0″ and his favored position is as a supporting striker.

Here is Goran’s full playing record to date:

Years 	  Club 		 App   Goals

2000–2001 FK Belasica     24     6
2001–2004 Internazionale   0     0
2002–2003 Spezia (loan)   22     4
2003–2004 Ancona (loan)   20     1
2004–     Lazio          131    38

2002– 	  Macedonia  	  36    12

Goran was born in Strumica, in the old SFR Yugoslavia in July, 1983, which is now the Republic of Macedonia.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GEORDIE69 // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Aye every day another name is linked Pandev again I see. We are being linked with Striker after Striker when we aint exactly short of them.

  • 2 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Not just that GEORDIE69 but how can we compete with the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Liverpool and Valencia for players unless they just see ££££ signs only.

  • 3 tafu // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    great player, but maybe rozehnal will tell him bad about us=/

  • 4 Punk Skunk // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Yawn…Yet more speculative tosh from the
    (de)press!..Is it just me, or, is the transfer window closed now?..

  • 5 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    His goal scoring record doesn’t make me jump with excitement and I wouldn’t cry if we lose out on him.

    PS. Ed- Nice Header for the Blog very artistic :)

  • 6 Gordon // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Urgh – that’s not the new site font is it Ed?!

  • 7 Leo* // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    pandev is also a pilot from what i assurtain from this picture, haha i am being a journo barstool

  • 8 GP // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Oh brilliant points guys, really. He’s not about scoring goals, he’s about linking up the midfield and attack. Who in our team can do that at the minute? You’re all going on about how we have enough strikers – but Smith, Viduka and Ameobi have to go in the summer. That’d leave us with Owen, Martins and the youngsters Carrol and Zamblera. None of those players are like Pandev.

    Not that it matters anyway because we’re too shit for him.

  • 9 stumpofthetoon // Feb 18, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    maybe it was part of a agrement that rozehnal. went on load till end of season then us first dabs n the transfer window. sonnds reasonable to me hope so enyway




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