Bolton Sign Swede Elmander – But For £10M?

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 £10M mark, and just beats the club record fee Bolton paid Fenerbahce for Nicolas Anelka, in August of 2006, which was around £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 £10M for the Swedish International.

Johan Elmander is a 6’2” striker for French club Toulouse FC and the 26 year old was born in Alingsås, Sweden and joined Toulouse from Brøndby in 2006. Brøndby is a Danish club.

Johan has played 62 times for Toulouse and scored 22 goals, and he played 58 times for Brøndby from 2004 – 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 £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 £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 Basel’s 6’3″ Eren Derdiyok, who turned just 20 years old this month, and is said to be available for £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 £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 £10M, at least in our opinion.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Geordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Gomez or Gomis. Both would suit the Prem and not that expensive or inaccessible…we’ll see.

    Need someone to create chances though as well such as a Van der Vaart / Aimar.

    Cuellar and a LB and it will be a good summer I reckon

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Geordie – I like all the players you mention – Gomez, Gomis, Van der Vaart, Aimar and Cuellar – any one of these would be good signings for us. 😀

  • mr_flibbles

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I think this is too much to pay for an older striker. Bolton got 15m for anelka so if this guy scores the goals for them then he will justify his transfer cost.

    He is not what Newcastle are looking for, I look forward to seeing the new players arriving after 1st July.

    I cant think of a lot of players like Turan that we could get, maybe Tom_Toon knows of a few though.

  • dougnufc

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Gomez was poor in EURO

  • dave

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    he looks abit like jesus in this pic

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    elamanders goals ratio is better than Gomis i think – maybe you can confirm Ed?

  • Geordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Gomez was poor in Euros but can you really judge a player on 2 matches when he has scored consistently for the rest of his career. He is still young.
    Another posibility: Pavlyuchenko. Young goal-scorer but more of a gamble then the other two.

    To be fair though, our signings in midfield and up top are determined by what formation Kev is going to pay next season.

  • Ross R

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Bolton were ripped off. I think its supposed to be a fan pleaser. I would have been very unhappy had we spent 10 mill on him.

  • bigb75

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Aimar is going to Benfica….VDV would be great

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    @ dougnufc, he was prolific in the German league though. Something Elmander hasn’t been anywhere he’s played by the look of those stats. The entire French team near enough were crap at the Euros I still wouldn’t mind a few of those boys next season.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    People always say a good tournament doesn’t make a good player, and point to Baros and Diouf as examples of this, but no one ever says that a bad tournament doesn’t make a bad player…just cause he wasn’t that great in Euro doesn’t mean he’s not a good player, we should judge more on past performances and scoring/playing records, etc.

    I’d probably prefer Gomez over Gomis, then get in an attacking midfielder, Aimar would be the cheapest one that would probably be good enough though he doesn’t really fit the club’s new age policy, get in a defensive midfielder too, Veloso would be amazing although I admit I’m straying deep into dreamland with that one :P, then a CB and a LB/RB, Cuellar and that Torosidis would be class IMO…

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    dave…… reackon jesus looks like that??
    bigb75…….you sure we have missed out on aimar?

  • Ross G

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    I have it on good authority that Derdiyok will be our first signing. Apparently we held talks over a deal before the Euro’s as he had been spotted before that. Since his performances for th Swiss we have firmed it up, and Ive been told a deal could be completed as earl as weds next week.

  • normski1930z

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Pavlyuchenko or Pogrebnyak or maybe mario gomez would all be good young players to sign but also agree with geordie we need players in the midfield to provide the bullets….vdv would be great but i think alot of europes big teams will be sniffing around him but aimar could be a decent buy… hoping like everyone on here come tuesday its champagne and caviar and not pie and peas….

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Not at all upset about losing this guy to Bolton.

    But just goes to show that even clubs like Bolton are paying huge amounts of money of 1 player.

    I still think theres something happening with Gomis, after the reported bid it has all gone very quiet. The lad will probably be on a couple of weeks holiday right now and then lets wait and see!

    However Gomez would also be a great addition (i would prefer him and dont worry about his recent performances at the Euros) also the young Swiss Derdiyok looks very promising and would sign him AS WELL as a main striker. I would even look at the option to sign him and loan him to a French, Belguim club. As The Duke can only have another season left in him. The top Italian teams do this alot or have apart ownership of players, i just wouldnt like to miss the boat with him as i think he could be a very good future player!

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    since when was pavlyuchenko young?

  • Burnden Bob

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s a bit rich NUFC fans writing about other clubs wasting money! You lot are the world leaders in that department. Let’s just see what Elmander does.
    How many strikers do Newcastle want? You’ve more strikers than the zulu nation!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Just on a slightly different note…..

    Crouchy has been stating of late he doesnt fancy Newcastle or at least thats want is being reported.

    Does anyone think this could been due to the fact we didnt want him and a hes doing a Big Sam and declaring ‘i no longer want to be considered’. Lets face it if Kev wanted him he had the perfect bargaining tool in Milner!

    I think Crouch may have been a hit at the Toon, but i dont think he meets the blue print!

  • Geordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyone have any good suggestions for a DM except for Miguel Veloso. He would be awesome but Big Mike will have to fork out a lot as well as sell the club amazingly well.

    Butt had a decent season but is he really the future? I vote one of two Marseille boys if we can get them. First is M’Bami but preferably Lorik Cana. Both young and maybe Habib Beye can can advertise the club well. If he can’t then im not sure who can.

  • 51times

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Bolton got ripped off. And also, who cares about Crouch? Typical overrated English sh*te.

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Crouch just doesn’t want to come to us because we are currently a poor side, portsmouth and tottenham are also interested and they are much more attractive options

  • dontoon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    At least Bolton are showing ambition. They probably had to pay more to secure the deal

    We have signed no one, dont look like we will give extra to beat our competition. I think i have given up on getting class players. Hope we just get enough players to cover those that left club already

  • valle

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Now that we are judging players on their euro games, i wouldnt exactly say Gomis is worth 10 mill either Ed.

  • normski1930z

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    pavlyuchenko is 26 which in my book is defo young enough to buy……

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Not sure Spyro, i cant see Pompey being as attractive as ourselves (Spurs ok) surely we would offer more money and that in its self is attractive to players these days. I just think your selling the club short if you dont think we can compete with Pompey or am i being naive?

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Pompey are in Europe, Have a manager that Crouch is sure to respect, Have better quality players and have played better football than us for a couple of seasons now.

    whilst we have Nicky Butt, they have Diarra etc

    Add to that, many players will not want to join us after the media went crazy with the “…. snubs toon” stories

    In fact, i feel it will be extremely difficult to attract any good quality players from rival premier league clubs as they would have all read the negative press about us, better off looking abroad

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Ross…..One question for you.Have you ever seen Elmander play.I’ve seen at least 15 games in the French league last season where Toulouse were playing and i must say that if it wasnt for him,Toulouse would have never clinched a CL spot…..they were unlucky cause they were drawn with Liverpool.We can all say he’s this and he’s that but deep inside we all know that this could have been a great deal.He’ll score at least 15 goals next season….MARK MY WORDS.
    And how many will our target Kitson score…..i dont even wanna coment on that one.

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Hadji what are you on about, i dont think elmander for 10 million is a good deal at all, speak for yourself, and YES i have seen him play, he is nothing special, there is a clear difference between defenders in the french league and those in the premier league

  • lacedaemonian

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Agents and clubs hold onto players in the hope they have a great tournament and consequently add value to their players.

    Well if they have a poor tournament it should be expected that they lose value.

    Arshavin looked woeful against Spain. Could be another player ruined by hype.

  • tippo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #30

    I think they have paid over the top for 10 million but it may not be that high. This is just speculation.

  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    put it this way if this was my choice i know who i would go for…

    gomis 10mil (even tho st etienne want 17)

    gomez 20mil (just becasuse he had a bad tournament doesnt make him a cheaper player)

    elmander 10mil (didnt his club want more for him in january?)

    derdiyok 6mil- looked a good player and did well against england still young too

    my choice would be to save our money in this department and spend it on derdiyok so we can spend on more important places like a young right back and a couple midfielders

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #32

    exactly leo

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m not on anything Spyro but what bothers me really is when there was a link about Elmander on this blog,everyone were so excited even with the 10 mill figure.
    Well i bet you’dd take Crouch insted.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #34

    I think people must not have seen very much of Elmander if they think 10m is over the odds for him. He has been really impressive in France and when Tolouse were in the UEFA cup. His goalscoring ratio IS quite impressive, but he also does a lot more than just score goals. He sets up tons of goals, he is pretty tall, REALLY skillful, and works his socks off for the team. Not a bad combination. As for Gomez – we have no chance of getting him. None. As for Gomis – I doubt we will be able to sign him, but he would cost much more than 10m if he did go (he JUST signed a new contract as well!). We should be in for Diego Milito!! I know he is 29 but he is sheer quality and would be great for us for 3 years and gives us another dimension in attack. I also prefer younger players but I think it’s getting to be a bit ridiculous when people are being branded at ‘too old’ at 26 or 27. Not every team can be Arsenal and just because a player is young doesn’t mean he is a better option! People like Baptista, Aimar, Elmander, Shorey etc. can strengthen our team, are realistic targets, are at the right age to play first- team football etc., so let’s get them!

  • spanishmag

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    gomez fee before the the championships was €40m i dont know where you’re getting the £10m from!! He will go to Bayern Munich for a big sum.

  • Gareth

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Odd choice for Bolton. I’ve only seen Elmander at the Euros, and he didn’t look worth £10m, but more worrying would be that he wasn’t first choice up front ahead of “granddad” Larsson, and more pertinently was behind Wilhelmsson for right midfield – a guy who was indifferent when at Bolton himself. We criticise the board for penny-pinching on transfer bids, but on the other hand we’d surely be gutted to see them apparently overpay to this degree on anyone?!

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Gareth first of all he’s not RM and he never had to compete with Wilhelmson for that position.ANd why Larrson was ahead of him,it was because they played 1 small and 1 big striker up front.

  • Gareth

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Christ, Sweden had a worse squad than I thought at the Euros if they had no genuine cover on the right. Arguably he was behind Rosenberg in the pecking order as a striker too, as he always went on up front, but then he might just be more versatile. I’m just bitter, though, cos I had him as a cheap option in my fantasy team for a couple of games and he did bugger all!


    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Not fussed about Bolton getting him, still think they’ll be one of the teams struggling at the bottom.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Gomis is shocking !!! and im not just talking about his euro performance ! . cant trap a ball to save his life .

    go for derdiyok !! , hadnt realised the players that have came thru the ranks from his club , they have all went on todo great !
    and the lad went out of his way to say he wanted to play at newcastle .

    id have derdiyok over gomis anyday .
    prefer gomez tho 😀

    Elmander is another one of those players thats been on the radar for years , but never came good .


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