Croatia star Ivica Olic could be moving to the Premier League this summer, and Newcastle are one of the clubs said to be interested.
Ivica Olic – 28 year old Croatia striker
The agent of Hamburg’s Croatian international striker Ivica Olic, has told Setanta Sports that the player has not been approached by Portsmouth, but a move to Newcastle in the summer has not been ruled out.
The Bundesliga star is a big talent, and certainly enhanced his reputation during the Euro qualifiers when Croatia beat England both home and away.
Portsmouth and Newcastle are both rumored to be interested in Olic.
The Croation’s agent, Gordon Stipic , was asked if he has had any contact with those two clubs:
“I have not spoken directly with Portsmouth, but Newcastleâ€¦â€
“I definitely think he will be leaving this summer.”
“We will wait for the end of Euro 2008 to take a decision. England is an option for him, obviously.â€
“We have contacts in England and in Spain as well, but I cannot say much at this stage.”
The 28-year-old has scored 21 goals for Hamburg in 48 appearances for the club and he has been a goal-scorer all his career, and scored in Croatia’s 3-2 win against England last November.
The transfer fee is said to be around Â£4M, and that looks a good deal to us, if it’s true.
Here is Ivica’s playing record so far.
Season Club Games Goals 1996â€“1998 Marsonia 42 17 1998â€“1999 Hertha Berlin 2 0 1999â€“2001 Marsonia 42 21 2001â€“2002 NK Zagreb 28 21 2002â€“2003 Dinamo Zagreb 27 16 2003â€“2007 CSKA Moscow 78 35 2007â€“ Hamburger SV 48 21 2002â€“ Croatia 52 9
In 267 first class club games Olic has scored 135 goals – not too bad, one goal every two games.
He looks a good player to us and would be a good acquisition, if we can get him.