Newcastle Interest In Croatian Ace Ivica Olic


Croatia star Ivica Olic could be moving to the Premier League this summer, and Newcastle are one of the clubs said to be interested.

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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 Newcastle…”

“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.”

“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 £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

1996–1998  Marsonia   	  42    17
1998–1999  Hertha Berlin   2     0
1999–2001  Marsonia  	  42    21
2001–2002  NK Zagreb 	  28    21
2002–2003  Dinamo Zagreb  27    16
2003–2007  CSKA Moscow    78    35
2007– 	   Hamburger SV   48    21

2002– 	   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.

Comments welcome.



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44 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    hope not, he looks like that new james bond fella in that pic

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  • Tim_Toon

    May 24, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Any new news on the Turan/Veloso/Gomez front?

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  • seetow

    May 24, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    hmm is he strong enough for this league? at this age, he’s not getting any younger. anyone remember shevchenko? one of the world’s best strikers but turned out to be a flop when he moved to premier league at 29..

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  • figsdad

    May 24, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    load of crap dont believe it..

    let him go to portmouth or had spurs been in for him as well..

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  • euanpolo

    May 24, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    He looks like he might be quite good, and £4m isn’t exaactly going to burn a massive whole in Mike Ashley’s pocket. Although I’d prefer Arda Turan/Gomez/Veloso/Moutinho. But overall I’d like a signing before Euro 08, so if we signed him now it would be okay. I think he is probably strong enough for the premier league, the bundesliga is slightly more physical than la liga and serie a. Anyway a signing is a signing.

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  • MarK

    May 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    not many player are going to sign for a team before the euros. their agents wont allow it..

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  • figsdad

    May 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    well he’s got to better than shola and smith or even viduka so in a way good cover for them all..

    Owen and Olic
    how tall is he….?

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  • Alex

    May 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Its not to be belived, he is the same age and in the same price class as Dunne and apparently Wise and co think he is too old .

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  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    not good enough. no better that what we have. rather stick carroll up top for a season than sign that. hell, id rather zamblera played first team ahead of him!
    borin rumour mill this summer so far, wouldnt mind seeing robinho in prem at chelsk next year tho!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    i think the king needs to have another radio talk in! where has hamas gone?

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  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Ennui

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  • The Entertainers

    May 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Hang on i thought 28 was too old for this Newcastle regime? If Dunne is too old then surely this fellow is. I firmly believe we need a presence up front and only Gomez or Gomis would done. Or even Crouch for that matter, did’nt he and Owen link up well for England a while back.

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  • Newcastle United.

    May 24, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    He’s just over 6 foot.

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  • Marat18

    May 24, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    although his goal scoring ratio is decent in his CSKA days, as far as I remember he was absolutely mediocre in Russia. Lots of goals were scored against shit opposition.

    Any news on Gomez?
    Hope Arda, Gomez and Veloso will have a crap Euro campaign, so we can get them.
    And as it usually is, EURO-stars are crap in club season and those who were stars in club fail in Euro or world cup campaigns.

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 24, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Too Old and there is better out there,

    No thanks

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  • MarK

    May 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    err how do you know 28 is too old? oh thats right newspaper stories..
    and how do you know carroll is better than him ? been watching all the reserve games + the german league?

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  • Leo

    May 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    another bull sh1t story the agent is trying to manufacture a move to a prem club where he will get good money for shifting his client, its so obvious when epople use newcastle for this purpose

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  • Leo

    May 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Bill F whats Ennui? u have been saying it quite frequently recently, once again im confused.com

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 24, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    would prefer oba any day

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  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    no i dont watch ressie games i have better things to do but this guy looks VERY average and isnt going to get any better at 28 and therefore i would rather give a young GEORDIE lad that we already have a chance cos he wont do any worse. plus we dont have to dole out 4-5million on carroll cos hes already ours MARK

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  • D B F

    May 24, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    WHY WUD U RATHER GIV CARROLL A CHANCE JUST COS HES A GEORDIE, LOOK WHER THTS GOT US IN THE PAST, SHOLA CHOPRA RING ANY BELLS,

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  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Leo, don’t you have a dikshunary in your house. 🙂

    It means boredom through lack of excitement.

    Until some thing interesting happens on the transfer front I will continue to use it on threads like this.

    It is pronounced On- we if you want to impress down the Bigg Market.

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  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    DBF how about that they are two different players, you cannot say one will be cr*p because the other was. Even if he does turn out to be.

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  • Owen_10

    May 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    he seems a decent player, but isn’t he more of a second striker or left winger than an out and out striker, so not really what we need

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  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #25

    just a quick point to Dick Brained F*ck (D B F) up there…

    “JUST COS HES A GEORDIE, LOOK WHER THTS GOT US IN THE PAST, SHOLA CHOPRA RING ANY BELLS”

    TWO WORDS PAL – ALAN SHEARER.

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • Martins

    May 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Arda’ya Ada’dan bir teklif daha

    Ada basını, Tottenham Hotspur’un milli oyuncuyu transfer edebilmek için 13 milyon pound’u gözden çıkardığını yazdı

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    Arda yarışı

    Ada basını, Tottenham Hotspur’un milli oyuncuyu transfer edebilmek için 13 milyon pound’u gözden çıkardığını yazdı.

    Bu sezon Galatasaray’ın şampiyonluğunda büyük rol oynayan Arda Turan, İngiliz kulüplerinin vazgeçilmezleri arasına girdi. Newcastle ve Middlesbrough’dan sonra Tottenham Hotspur’un da devrede olduğu iddia edildi. İngiltere’nin önde gelen gazetelerinden Guardian, Arda Turan için Tottenham Hotspur’un çok istekliği olduğunu
    yazdı. Geniş yer ayrılan haberde Tottenham’ın başkan Adnan Polat’ın istediği 13 milyon pound’u vermeye razı olduğu ifade edildi.

    translate anyone?

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  • Jim

    May 24, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Why buy a 28 year old striker if you’re having a hard time with a 29 year old defender?

    With Owen, Martins, Viduka and Carrol, surely we’d be after a younger target man. I think this is a very tenuous story, bordering on complete ballacks! (see what I did there)

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  • Hadrian

    May 24, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28

    spurs are in for arda with a firm bid i think , and as far as i know, we hevent put one in .

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    how can spurs buy another midfielder ? are they drafting totenham A side and totenham B side this season in the EPL ?

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  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed I am not having a go at you by the way, after all you cannot make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. 🙂

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  • ya mum

    May 24, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Hadrian= doom and gloom merchant

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  • robertsa

    May 24, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    bloody spurs first modric now turan we should all go down and knock them all out. anyways liverpool have nearly signed dossena giving us the door to get riise whoopdy doo

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  • Obafan

    May 24, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I would not be that happy if he was our new striker. It is hard to believe; like the most things recently 😉 .

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  • Dondatta13

    May 24, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    If Richard Dunne is too old at 28 for our board then so too is this guy ………..

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  • chuck

    May 24, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Testing the water with an offer to sell Martins?
    Looks like the bean counters are taking over, the new costcutting management are beginning to institute a system which incorporates a salary cap and other moneysaving policies.
    Both Owen(a salary cut or hit the road) and Martins (eighty grand ,too high) are under threat.
    I expect other high salaried players to be moved,
    Duff being rumored for a move.
    It appears none of this sits well with KK, unfortunately it appears he does`nt have a lot of say in the matter, reading between the lines he has had players foisted on him he has little interest in.
    There seems to be a lack of cohesion between the various levels of management, each pursuing their own particular interest.
    One wonders if internal strife had a role in Morts exit?
    Afraid things are back to normal on Tyneside, with the long suffering fans desperate for stability, a few big names brought in, some decent football with a possible top six finish,not an over reach by any means, especially with the money in the EPL to-day.
    What are they going to get, more of the same dross they experienced last season, plus KK walking out, because of the bulls**t.
    Wise up management, the market place decides wage and transfer levels, managers build teams,
    bean counters should only have a restricted role
    to play.

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  • MarK

    May 24, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    blah blah boo boo wise, ashley evil
    conspiracy theories etc etc

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  • D B F

    May 24, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #37

    SUNLUNS BURNIN ALAN SHEARER WASNT A YOUNG PLAYER COMIN THROUGH THE RANKS T NEW CASTLE WAS HE DICK HEAD, HE WAS THE BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD WEN WE BOUGHT HIM U PRICK, WE DONT GET GOOD STRIKERS COMIN THROUGH OUR RANKS SHOLA, CHOPRA, PAUL ROBINSON, PAUL BRAYSON 2 NAME A FEW SO THINK B4 U SPEAK U BACKWARD C*NT

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 24, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #38

    I rate Olic, he was one of the player i earmakred that i wanted here, rather havw him on the bench than smith.

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  • Spyro

    May 24, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    whats all this talk of Turan? How does everyone know we are even going for him? Some of you on here make me laugh. When papers slate us you are the first to say “oh its just silly southern press”, yet as soon as they claim we are in for a decent player its “it must be true” and straight away you start pasting the player in to your fantasy football squads as if he is expected to sign. Seriously it is utterly ridiculous.

    I do not care if we miss out on Turan (If we are indeed after him). He is a good player but like i have said on many occassions. Good midfielders are the easiest to come by at this present time.

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  • nightfall

    May 24, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #40

    olic? wtf? 🙂

    the best AM who we can get is arshavin! no olic (watched him play…way better players on the market), no arda (too weak and too slow for EPL – overrated), so wise, now would be the time for you to do sth 😉

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