Newcastle fans should take lots of the news stories in the papers this month with a large pinch of salt.
Having said that there is news in The Daily Mirror this morning that we are about to get John Arne Riise from Roma, on loan with a view to a potential £6M permanent move in the summer.
John Arne Riise – linked again with loan move to Tyneside
This was news last year when Joe Kinnear made it known that he would like to bring Riise back to the Premier League, but since that time Riise has fought his way back into the Roma first team, and said himself that he wanted to stay in Rome and fight for his place.
The defender has hardly played well at Roma since joining from Liverpool last summer, and was recently voted one of the worst transfers of the season in the Italian Serie A.
We hope this lack of form on the part of Riise is that he is finding it difficult to settle in Italy, but he was hardly outstanding in his last season at Liverpool either, so Joe has to ensure that he sees in Riise the skills and desire he can still resurrect in the player.
But talk of a £6M deal seem ridiculous since he was bought by Roma for £4M last summer, and we’re sure they’d be happy to get their money back on the former Liverpool stalwart.
The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Kinnear is keen to take Riise on loan in January, with a £6m permanent deal to follow at the end of the season. The good news is that Newcastle can see how the performs through the rest of the season, and if he is disappointing we wouldn’t need to take him permanently in the summer, so it seems a fairly safe bet for the Tyneside club.
But we’re not sure if this is just a regurgitated story from a month or two ago, or whether something new is happening right now.
The 6’1″ defender played over 250 times at Liverpool, and has represented Norway 76 times, so he is chock full of experience, but the question is does the 28 year-old still have it in him to be a success in the Premier League.
Taking Riise on loan would seem to be a good deal for Newcastle in January.
What do you think? Let us know.