There was good news and bad news in the transfer market for Newcastle fans late last week.
Â Gokhan Inler – no approach from Newcastle?
The good news is that we signed 21 year-old Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie for around Â£2M, and after his signing it seems like he could well be a much better player than Newcastle fans first realized – we hope so in any case.
But the bad news that came out last Thursday is that Serie A club Udinese Calcio have denied reports linking their midfielder Swiss midfielder, Gokhan Inler, with a move to Newcastle United this summer.
We’ve been linked with the player for over two weeks now, although it seems longer, so it seems surprising that the Serie A club would not have said something sooner, if it was not true, since it’s been heralded in most of the newspapers since early July.
And the Swiss midfielder looked very good in the Euro 2008 games for Switzerland, and has been in great form for Udinese, since moving to Italy from FC Zurich last summer.
Udinese general director Pietro Leonardi said last Thursday:
“There is no negotiation with Newcastle. This is an absurd story.”
“I have even heard mention of a figure of five million euros – it’s ridiculous.”
“Furthermore the player’s wish, which he has reiterated on many occasions, is to remain with Udinese.”
The 24-year-old missed just one game last season for the Italian club, and is under contract with Udinese until June 2012.
So if we’re not after Inler, who are we after, becomes the real question.Â We were interested in Argentine Pablo Aimar, but it’s looking like the player will move to Portuguese giantsÂ Benfica.
Here’s Inler’s playing career so far:
Years Club App Goals 2004-2005 FC Basel 0 0 2005â€“2006 FC Aarau 25 3 2006â€“2007 FC Zurich 52 3 2007â€“ Udinese Calcio 32 3 2006 Switzerland 15 1
Maybe we’re in for another shock shortly, like we got with the Gutierrez deal, and as long as it’s a pleasant one, it would be OK with us.