After missing out on midfield stars Steve Sidwell and Didier Digard recently, Newcastle United are reported to be at an advanced stage of talks with Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler, and we think the signing is imminent, and could even be announced on the Newcastle United official web site very shortly.
Gokhan Inler – Newcastle about to sign him?
The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle have almost reached an agreement for the midfielder, who was impressive during Euro 2008, and who only signed for the Italian side Udinese Calcio last seaso, from FC Zurich.
Inler stands 5’11″ and was born in Olten, Switzerland, but is of Turkish descent, and is reported to have a Â£5M buy-out clause in his contract.
His club Udiense are said to be unhappy their star player is set to move, and are said to be trying to keep him at the Spanish club with an improved contract offer.
But it looks like the Swiss international wants to move to the Premier League, and Keegan and Newcastle are willing to pay the transfer fee of around Â£5M, which would be a bargain, and hopefully we can satisfy Gokhan with a decent wage package offer to the player.
Manager Kevin Keegan wants to bring the the gifted attacking star to Tyneside, and if we can get him for around Â£5M, we think that will be two excellent buys for the club within the last 10 days or so.
Argentine Jonas Gutierrez was a great coup for the club, and Inler would be another good addition to the squad, and both would presumably go straight into the starting eleven at the club.
That’s exactly the type of player Newcastle need to improve their squad this summer, and it’s something that Kevin has talked about a lot.
We are hearing rumors from inside the club, and that’s all they are right now, that we may be announcing a signing today, but we have no idea if it will be Gokham, since we are also interested in Seb Larsson of Birmingham. We don’t even know if that rumor is true of course – but we’ll see.
We have already made a formal offer for the Swedish International, who turned 24 in mid June, and yesterday his agent said that it’s the only offer Birmingham have received for the player so far, and Seb wants to play in the Premier league.
However, his agent said yesterday that while Newcastle were the only club to have made a formal offer for the player, he hadn’t heard from the Magpies for a week, so we think the signing, if announced, is unlikely to be him.Â That could also be a ruse to give the clubs time to reach a deal.
Back to Gokhan Inler – and he can leave the Serie A club after just one season, because of the fixed fee in his current contract.
We do think that Inler would be another very good signing for the club to go with the coup we seem to have pulled off for Jonas Gutierrez.
We’ll be checking that www.nufc.co.uk site a lot today. Â