We reported in mid-May that Newcastle United had registered an interest in Birmingham City’s 27 year-old Olivier Kapo.
Olivier Kapo – good player who is available
The Daily Mail is reporting tonight that Newcastle have joined the queue to sign French 6’2″ midfielder, Olivier Kapo, now that his team, Birmingham City, will allow him to leave in the summer to reduce their total wage bill
We’re not sure if this is new news or just a recirculation of the previous story.
The French international had an excellent debut season in England with Birmingham, following his Â£3M move from Juventus last summer.
Newcastle are said to be willing to bid up to Â£5M for Olivier, and that would be difficult for the Midlands club to turn down.
That’s two Birmingham midfielders Newcastle seem to be pursuing, with the other one, 23 year old right midfielder Sebastian Larsson still wanted by Birmingham City, in the Championship.
But whether they can keep him is a completely different matter.
Both players seem quality and would appear to be good additions to the Newcastle squad, at fairly reasonable prices.
We’ve already bid Â£4.2M for Larsson and probably could capture Kapo for less than Â£5M.
Olivier Kapo, full name Narcisse-Olivier Kapo-Obou was born in September 1980 in Abidjan, CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire.
He is a French international, Ivorian-born football player who has previously played at Auxerre and Juventus (then off to Monaco and Levanate on loan) and signed for Birmingham Cityonly last summer.
He appeared for Birmingham 26 times last season and scored 5 goals, and played for France 9 times from 2002 until 2004, scoring 3 goals.