Bolton completed the transfer of Sweden international Johan Elmander from Toulouse yesterday.
Johan Elmander – signed for Bolton Wanderers
Elmander signed a three-year contract and it’s a deal that Bolton manager Gary Megson had been looking to finalize since January.
While no official fee has been announced, it is estimated to be around the Â£10M mark, and just beats the club record fee Bolton paid Fenerbahce for Nicolas Anelka, in August of 2006, which was around Â£8M.
In mid-January Newcastle were linked with Elmander, and at that time Bolton were also interested, and the estimated fee was said to be Â£10M for the Swedish International.
Johan Elmander is a 6â€™2â€ striker for French club Toulouse FC and the 26 year old was born in AlingsÃ¥s, Sweden and joined Toulouse from BrÃ¸ndby in 2006. BrÃ¸ndby is a Danish club.
Johan has played 62 times for Toulouse and scored 22 goals, and he played 58 times for BrÃ¸ndby from 2004 â€“ 2006 and scored 22 goals.
He played through the Swedish Youth and Under-21 teams, and has so far represented Sweden 38 times scoring 11 goals. He previously played 28 times for the Sweden Under -21 side and scored 12 goals.
Johan did start for Sweden on the right hand side during Euro 2008, but he looked fairly ineffective, and has never looked like a Â£10M player to us.
We think there are other strikers available, who would both be better for Newcastle and also cheaper than Elmander.
Bafe Gomis is apparently available for Â£10M, and we were even reported to have made an official bid for the 22 year-old, earlier this month, but no more news on that has come through.
The striker we like the most is FC Baselâ€™s 6’3″ Eren Derdiyok, who turned just 20 years old this month, and is said to be available for Â£6M. He’s looked a very good player in the making, and has already said he would love to join Newcastle United.
Even Mario Gomez, who has been disappointing for Germany at Euro 2008, is just 22 years old and could be brought to Newcastle for around the Â£10M figure.
Since Mario is not in such high demand at the moment, maybe now is the time to try to get him to Tyneside.
But the bottom line is that we think there are better options out there for Newcastle as far as strikers go, , and although Elmander is a good player, he isn’t worth Â£10M, at least in our opinion.