There have been a few reports over the weekend, that Kevin Keegan may want to bring Evertonâ€™s midfielder Arteta to St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
Mikel Arteta – great midfielder and excellent acquisition by David Moyes
The problem we have with the story is we cannot see why Mikel would ever leave Everton.
The Liverpool club have been doing extremely well these last couple of seasons, under Scottish manager David Moyes, so why would he want to leave for Newcastle?
At least Arteta is getting regular European Football with Everton, and they are probably the best based team to break into the top four eventually.
There were some rumors last month that Arteta may want to leave Everton, but that’s been patched up with manager David Moyes, and as far as we know Mikel is happy at Everton.
However, thatâ€™s not to say we donâ€™t think Arteta would be a great capture for the Magpies, if we could pull it off, since we think heâ€™s a first-class footballer.
The Spaniard was born in the Spanish Resort town of San Sebastion, and started out with Barcelona in 2000. He played for a couple of seasons on loan at PSG (31 appearances 2 goals).
He then moved to Glasgow Rangers in 2002, where he stayed for two seasons and played 50 times for the Glasgow club, scoring 12 goals.
Mikel moved back to Spain with Real Sociedad in 2004, for a season, before joining Everton in 2005, initially on loan.
Heâ€™s not a full Spanish International, rather surprisingly, but he did play 7 times for the Spanish Under-21 side, and has so far played 92 times for Everton, scoring 11 goals.
Keegan has said he would like to buy proven Premiership players and Mikel certainly fits the bill.
But we’d be very surprised if anything comes of this, even if it’s true that Keegan likes the player.