There is news today that Newcastle United are interested in Chelsea’s Khalid Boulahrouz.
Khalid Boulahrouz shown with his wife Sabia
The 26 year-old 6ft tall defender moved to England when he signed for Chelsea for Â£8.5M in 2006, but he never seemed to settle at Chelsea and played only 13 games for them.
Boulahrouz spent last season on loan in Spain with Sevilla.
He made the Dutch squad for Euro 2008, and played well during the tournament, and his proven quality and a a fairly low Â£5M transfer fee has seemingly attracted Kevin Keegan to the player.
As you may recall, Khalid Boulahrouz battled a personal tragedy ahead of Holland’s quarter-final game against Russia.Â His wife, Sabia, was taken to hospital with pregnancy complications and tragically, the couple’s prematurely-born daughter later died.
It was a terrible thing for the couple to undergo, but Khlaid started the quarter-final game against Russia, and when he was withdrawn in the second half the crowd gave him loud sympathetic applause.
The Dutch team wore black armbands as a sign of respect and sympathy.
Khalid could well be a good buy for Newcastle, as he can play at right back or in central defense.
He was born in Maassluis, Holland, and was at Hamburg from 2004 until joining Chelsea two years later, in August, 2006.
Khalid played 52 times for the German club and he has played 23 times for Holland.