Sky Sports is reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in Hamburg defender Guy Demel.
Guy Demel – Hamburg 6’3″ center-back
Demel has already admitted he is flattered by Newcastle United’s reported interest.
Demel signed for Hamburg from Borussia Dortmund in 2005 and impressed for the German club last season, when he played 28 games and scored one goal.
The center-back is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast, for whom he has so far played 7 times.
Manchester City and Portsmouth (who else?) are also rumored to be interested in the player.
While he is usually a center-back, Demel played right back since 2005 for Hamburg, so he may be bought as cover for Habib Beye, and can also play in central defense when needed.
Demel was at Arsenal from 2000-2001, before he joined Borrussia Dortmund, where he stayed until he moved to Hamburg.
He told Sky Sports today:
“I am thinking of Ivory Coast. We are not playing as we should be.”
“My transfer will be talked about soon. The Premier League is a top league.”
“It is good to be linked with famous teams such as Newcastle.”
“We will wait and see.”
Guy was born in France, and he can also play in midfield and turned 27 years old just last Friday.
In 2004 Demel, a French citizen, acquired an Ivorian passport, and he has since been playing for the Ivory Coast.
He played at the 2006 African Nations Cup, and was named to the squad for the 2006 World Cup finals.
We are certainly linked with a lot of players, and Samba and Demel are two new ones just today, but while they may not we well known and be Â£10M players, they could still do a good job for us at the club.
Demel also seems a really good guy, since he already knows that Newcastle United are a famous team – sign him! 😀