The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Newcastle United will be making their first signing of the January transfer window early next week, when they sign 28 year-old Peter Lovenkrands, who is a free agent.
Peter Lovenkrands – Danish winger will sign next week
Lovenkrands moved to Rangers from Akademisk Boldklub back in 2000, and we all thought he was coming to Newcastle, when the great Bobby Robson was managing the club during his first summer transfer season.
There had been a verbal agreement with the player but then suddenly Peter ended up at Rangers, to the disgust of Bobby Robson. Of course at that time Peter was a young up and coming winger with plenty of speed, and just 20 years old.
Petre, who is just less than 6′ tall, played 129 times for Rangers scoring 37 goals before moving as a free agent to Schalke 04 in 2006, where he has played 44 times for the German club with 6 goals.
Lovenkrands and Schalke have agreed to terminate his contract at the German club, by mutual consent, with the contract running out in June, but we’re not exactly sure what’s behind that. We hope it’s not because of lack of form, but the news is that he had been frozen out by the coach at at Schalke 04.
Peter has had few games under Schalke coach Fred Rutten, and Schalke general manager Andreas Muller told the club’s official website last week:
“Peter has always behaved properly and is a good kid. He is a high-quality striker, but unfortunately it has not worked out for him in the last six months with us,”
“In his time here Peter had the bad luck that he continued to be set back by bad injuries just as he was playing well.”
“We had to make a decision that was advantageous for both sides.”
“The decision we came to is better for both parties. We split on good terms. I can now make the next step in my career.”
The 28-year-old can play on either wing or as center forward, and he can score the goals. Peter, who turns 29 later this month has significant skills, is said to be discussing personal terms with Newcastle over the weekend, and while nothing is certain, the deal is expected to be completed early next week.
The Danish international, whose wife is Scottish, which should come as no surprise, had been wanting to return to Rangers, but Walter Smith already has too big a wage bill at the club, and the Scottish giants were unable to meet his wages.
Newcastle is fairly close to Glasgow (156 miles), so his wife will be close to her folks, if Peter joins Newcastle.
Lovenkrands has played 21 times for Denmark, and should be a decent buy – for nothing.
He will become our fourth winger and essentially is a replacement for James Milner, and will fight it out with N’Zogbia, Gutierrez and Duff for the the two starting wing positions, and he can also play up front as an out and out striker. He was a popular player at Rangers.
Overall, we think this is a good “buy” by the club, and we’re glad the scouting team is on the ball when it comes to snapping up good players for nothing.