The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is ready to give former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, now at Roma in Serie A, a chance to return to the Premier League with Newcastle.
John Arne Riise – ready to come to Newcastle?
Before Joe Kinnear left for London today, for tomorrow’s tough game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle.
“I have already got my shortlist ready and I will be giving it to Mike. We need two players in as soon as possible and I have them in mind.”
“One is with Roma and he is not in the team at the moment and the other is a player who has already scored against us this season.”
“I know their agents and what they would be is loan deals from January until the end of the season. I already know that the player in Rome would cost us £2M to bring him over here.”
“But we need to strengthen the team and the squad and if we can get them they would be a big boost because both are top-class players.”
Note that Joe never mentions Riise by name, but it’s a good bet that’s who he is talking about, and he is Serie A, which Joe said this morning he had two players that were keen to come to Newcastle, initially on loan.
We wonder who the other player could be, who has already scored against us this season, but there’s quite a few who have done that. Let’s see now – has Ronaldo scored against us this season? No – well that’s a pity. 😀
Hey, didn’t Titus Bramble also score against us last Saturday?
Other useful players, who may be good for our squad, and who have scored against us this season include 20 year-old Denilson (Arsenal), Samba (Blackburn) and 24 year-old Darren Fletcher of Man United, who would be great at Newcastle.
But we also wonder if any this has been cleared with Mike Ashley, or is it something that Joe, possibly with Dennis Wise, has been lining up?
Riise joined Roma from Liverpool for £4M in the summer, after Newcastle had reportedly been interested in the player, but the Norwegian International has made just five starts this season.
John Arne Riise said today:
“I got some games wrong, but I know what I am worth. I don’t feel like a third choice and I think I am quite a good player.”
If we can get Riise in January, that would be good, and as long as he performs well through the end of the season, making the 28 year-old a permanent member of the squad would be a good deal.
He’s better than any left back we currently have at the club, and very experienced, so he would strengthen the squad – so let’s get him.