Reports Magpies Are After Young German Striker

The Evening Chronicle (Alan Oliver) is reporting today that Newcastle are on the trail of Wolfsburg’s German under-21 international striker Ashkan Dejagah.

Ashkan Dejagah – reports we are interested in 22 year-old German striker

It seems that Dennis Wise, who is still very unpopular on Tyneside, but attended the Reserve game last night at St. James’ Park, is still hunting young stars for the club. We shouldn’t be too surprised – since that’s his job.

It turns out Dennis Wise was watching Nice’s French winger Loic Remy, at the Under-21 game between France and Germany a couple of weeks back, but he was impressed with the 22-year Dejagah.

Ashkan moved to Wofsburg from Hertha Berlin in 2004, and has played 34 times for the German side, scoring 9 goals, and he has represented at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 sides. He played 35 times for Hertha Berlin scoring 3 goals.

However, we do seem to have plenty of young strikers on our books right now. 22 year-old Xisco was just signed on September 1st, and we have Gateshead-born Andrew Carroll, who still looks a very good prospect.

Add to them impressive 17 year-old Nile Ranger, who we signed form Southampton in the summer, and is scoring goals for fun in the Reserves and Under-18 side, and also our 18 year old Italian striker Fabio Zamblera, who is also a very impressive youngster.

Dennis Wise had talks last Wednesday with interim Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, and Joe did say he had started working closely with Dennis for the January transfer window.

It would appear that Xisco has little future at Newcastle, if indeed we do bring in another young striker, and we hope we can recoup the almost £6M we paid for him so recently. That’s especially true because of Ameobi’s much improved form, and we would expect Joe to keep Shola, if he is still in charge come January.

Kinnear has hinted he would try to sell 22 year-old Xisco to a Spanish club and bring in other players, maybe even from the Championship, where he has lots of contacts with scouts, many of whom used to play for him.

We’d certainly like to see him improve our squad in both quantity and quality in the new year, and he seems to be in the best position of anybody right now, to make transfer decisions.

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