There are continuing reports that Newcastle United and Middlesbrough are locked in a battle over Swedish center-back Jonas Olsson.
Jonas Olsson – 25 year old NEC center-back
Olsson, who turned 25 years old this month, is currently playing in the Dutch Eredivisie with club NEC Nijmegen, and there were reports back in January that Newcastle were interested in the defender.
The Swede has apparently been watched by scouts from the two North East clubs on numerous occasions, and is also being tracked by Champions’ League quarter-finalists Schalke of Germany.
NEC are understood to be willing to sell their man at the right price, and the player’s agent Martin Dahlin admitted that interest was growing.
The hard working central defender has made a good name for himself in Holland and Newcastle, Boro and Schalke have been tracking him for a while and are said to be ready to launch bids for the player in the summer.
Martin Dahlin said,
‘It’s no secret that there is interest from England and Germany.’
Newcastleâ€™s weakness again this season has again been their defense, and that will be the number one priority for new Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan in the summer.
Olsson stands 6’4″ in height and has played for NEC 66 times scoring 4 goals.
Before that he was at Landskrona BoIS where he played 56 times and scored one goal. He played 18 times for the Swedish Under-21 side but has yet to be capped by the full Sweden side.
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