The Sunday Sun is reporting that Turkish sources are saying Newcastle are interested in one of Arda Turan’s team mates at Galatasaray.
Servet Cetin – familiar player for Turkey at Euro 2008
The player we are reported to be interested in is Servet Cetin, who is 27 years old, and plays at center-back for Galatasaray and Turkey.
Servet has played for a whole host of teams in Turkey, and joined Galatasaray in 2007.
He’s now played for the Turkish powerhouse club 59 times with 3 goals, and has played 25 times for Turkey with 1 goal, and has been featured in Turkey’s amazing streak at Euro 2008.
Servet started all the group games for Turkey against Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, but was suspended for the amazing quarter-final win against Croatia.
But he should be back in the team for the semi-final tie against Germany on Wednesday in Basel. The Turkish sources are saying Newcastle will bid around Â£4.7M for the defender, but that seems high to us.
From 2002-2003 he played 17 times for the Turkey Under-21 side, so has been a top Turkish defender for a number of years and has ample experience at international and European level.
However, at the start of his Galatasaray career, he was heavily criticized for making critical mistakes on the pitch.
He is an excellent header of the ball at 6’3″, and wins almost every ball in the air, but is said to be susceptible with one-on-ones, especially against fast players.
However, since last year he is said to have improved that part of his game immensely, and has become a favorite of the Galatasaray fans, for his tough solid play and never-say-die attitude.
However, if he is too slow, there are many players in the PL who could exploit that weakness.
Certainly he has looked a powerful player while playing for Turkey at Euro 2008.
Somebody to watch on Wednesday, and we’ll just have to wait and see if he is a real target for Newcastle, but we do expect some moves to be made this week, after Kevin’s arrival back from holiday.
Let us know what you think.