We believe that Newcastle will be bringing in another central midfield player before the end of the month, but we have no idea who that may be.
Gokhan Inler – good central midfield player
Our best guess would be Swiss International Gokhan Inler, and we’ve reported on him a number of times this summer.
Since it now looks like Joey Barton will be banned for some number of games, it’s almost certain Newcastle will need another central midfield player before the end of the month.
We reported this morning, in our transfer news piece , that there were reports in Swiss newspapers,Â that Inlier’s agent was traveling to London to speak with Arsene Wernger, the Arsenal boss, but it’s not clear he’s first choice for the London club.
It seems like he may be their back-up choice, in case they cannot get Xabi Alonso from Liverpool.
But the Swiss International seems to be interesting English clubs, but that’s coming from his agent, so that may not even be too accurate.
However, there has been no official offers from any club yet, and that includes Arsenal. His club, Udinese Calcio, are saying they would rather keep him, but that’s the normal response from a club to increase the price.
The playerâ€™s agent Dino Lamberti told Setanta Sports:
â€œIn the case we received an official offer we would carefully study it with Udineseâ€™s permission.”
â€œThe Premier League is interesting for him, and they are one of the best leagues in the world with the Spanish and the Italian ones.”
â€œWe didnâ€™t speak with Arsene Wenger, but yes, some English clubs asked for information about the player.â€
This situation may heat up in the next few days, although we’re a little surprised Newcastle haven’t moved more quickly for a player who looked really good at Euro 2008, and had an excellent first season with Italian club Udinese last year.
Who else could Newcastle bring in this month for central midfield?