One player we are hopefully pursuing with some urgency is 27 year old Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, who has been a free agent since he left his last club Fenerbahce, in August.
Stephen Appiah – would be good acquisition for Newcastle
And of course Stephen has been linked with a number of clubs since then, and he will be playing for Ghana tonight in a friendly against Tunisia – when a host of clubs, including Newcastle, will be checking on him.
With Newcastle short of midfielders and Barton now injured and out for 8 weeks we need a strong midfielder like Stephen, who would cost us nothing.
It’s a bit of a surprise to us that we haven’t checked him out earlier, when Kinnear said he had checked out all the free agents and nobody suitable was found from those ranks.
Stephen told Sky Sports today:
“I am training with Brescia at the moment,” “I am happy with my form but I need to get the match fitness, apart from that I am fine.”
“I would like to thank my national coach for giving me the chance to play the game against Tunisia.”
“I heard there will be scouts from Germany and England, I need a football club and very soon I will sign, very soon.”
Stephen earned the nickname of Tornado, simply because he is dominant in midfield and a very strong player. A combative player, Appiah has a strong engine and good tactical awareness, and is a good all-round box-to-box midfielder, who is able to defend as well as create and score goals.
Doesn’t this sound like a player we need at Newcastle? And his transfer price is also good – nothing.
He’s played 53 times for Ghana and scored 13 goals, and previously played for Juventus, Brescia (loan), Parma and Udinese before signing for Fenerbahce in 2005.
But we may be too late now that other clubs are after him. Why we haven’t been after Stephen over the last few months is a mystery to us.