Newcastle To Sign Danish Winger Early Next Week

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.”

Lovenkrands said:

“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.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jan 10, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Can he play?

    Where’s is best position?

    I’ll reserve judgment until I see him play in Black and White!

  • keith

    Jan 10, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    if its a short term deal , grand but dont think he is good enough

  • ginkoh

    Jan 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Free transfer, How can we blame — –”

    But it’s show position we are now.

  • Dan157

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Sighs. He is a left winger who if he’s to replace N’Zogbia is a step backwards for us. He is also a forward however his goal record is dog pump. I would rather Nile Ranger get his chance.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Stuart, agreed, wait til he’s in the black and white.

  • jim

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    hey ! certainly hope this Peter (beardsley) Lovenkrands rumours true-hes better than owen and martins put together-look on you tube-hes a bit like beardo-has the skill AND the amazing finishing touch just like the maestro! place be buzzing again if he signs-im as excited as when we signed keegan in 1983! lol only because ive watched him on you tube! have a look!

  • jim

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    well thats not what ive seen just there on you tube! looks a cracking finisher!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I wrote on here right after he was released and said we should snap him up. His wages wont be huge, he is very quick, very direct and has a good shot on him. I see him as a left-winger but it’s true he can also play up front. On a free, this is not a bad signing.

    To be honest, with regards to our wing situation, I would prefer:

    Sell Zoggy and Duff (combined approx 12 m)

    Jonas left wing, with Løvenkrands as backup.
    Bring in a quality right winger and have Lua-Lua provide the backup. Invest any left over money elsewhere (ie. defensve central midfield with a 7m bid for de Jong perhaps)

  • wigaz

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s a canny player with plenty of experience. If we get him & Rise in then that wouldn’t be end of the world. We do need more creativity in middle of the park tho. I’d be happy with.

    Pete L
    AM (Creative)

    Would love to sign Owen’s replacement in this window but cant see fat splashing 7-10m for it. I think we should raid west ham for ashton he’s the man to bring the goals for us. The closest to shearer there is IMO.

  • Kevin nichol

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    If he can get back to the form he showed with rangers when they were winning everything and doing reasonably well in europe its a good signing. He has pace and can play on either wing (not just on the left as someone has suggested earlier) as well as upfront. We need more bodies in so i cant see why people are being negative. Lets get behind the lad if he signs and the team today…Up the toon..

  • Leo

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    are we just looking back to bobby robson days and signing players he wanted then

    first MIDO


  • Nick

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Fits the bill: aging, injury prone and unwanted by his current club – sign him up. Do we never learn !!!

    At 20 yes, but not now. Defenders are far more likely to be scared by the likes of Ranger and Lua Lua who have genuine pace, trickery and are physically strong.

    There just must be something at SJP which stops youngsters getting a go, bar Bassong.

    SBR bought good young players and that’s the way to go. If we are strapped for buying players, then throw the young players in. It’s just as much of a gamble as buying cheap and cheerful has beens on hefty contracts who will probably get injured almost immediately or will show how their best days have long gone, Cacapa anyone.

  • Monster

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Decent free signing if he’s being brought in to bolster the squad, but not a good signing as a replacement.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Ummm… Anyone else not notice that Schalke have released him because he’s constantly injured?

    He might be an okay signing but doesn’t sound like he’ll set the world alight. If we’re selling N’Zogbia we’d better replace him with a decent player in a position we need, or we’re in serious trouble…

  • Toon DK

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    IF we sign him it really shows how much trouble Mr. Ashley has put us in. Lovenkrands nearly hasn’t played at all for a couple of years because of injuries and poor form. We need someone who can help us out now – not in half a year! And by the way, he isn’t any better than what we already got even in form. It’s an absolute no-go for me.

    We need a new owner – NOW.


    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    He’s a poor striker and the fact that he willb e realeased by a german bundesliga club tells you everything 🙁 We don’t really need such players!

  • kukubird

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Give him a chance. Who gave Bassong when he came for a trial?

  • wigaz

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Lads howay! we wanted signings now when it looks like were getting one we’re doubting the lads quality. Every player needs a fresh start & maybe the German league doesn’t suit him. I for one will just be happy to get a new player in who can play more than one position. He can play either wing & upfront for gods sake! we need more players like that as we’re constantly gettin injuries! If we sign Rise & Lov then that is two decent additions to the squad with plenty of experience. We cant attract TOP names anymore & this is prob the best we can do at the minute so lets not bitch & give whoever comes in a chance to impress us.

  • Stuart

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Elfer – That bundesliga club are in europe and challange for trophies consistantly.

    Were nowhere near that standard yet.

    There’s a food chain in football and unfortunately we aren’t near the top anymore.

    Therefore I think these sort of players are the future!

  • Dan157

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyone here this, it’s non NUFC related but still when they talk crap about us remember this

    The Sun are todays saying Tony Adams has £5 mil to spend in the transfer window however on the next page say he has had a £6 million bid rejected for Valencia’s Manuel Fernandes and have put a £10 million bid in for Christian Obodo.

  • Rob

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    All the talk about injuries we have, so what do we look at players who are injury prone

  • Wizard

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ve seen him play plenty of times. He is not good enough at all to play for us. He was great for Rangers, but for Schalke he has been horrible. Constantly hit by injuries and when he has played he’s been very poor.
    He could also be holding out for a big contract. He was making somewhere between 40.000 – 50.000£ a week at Schalke. That is silly money.

    We should have no interest in this guy.

  • Sydney_Toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    i was first person to break news bout transfer

    😀 😀

  • geordie bulldog

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    this guy left rangers because he was not in the first team and went to schalke where he was injured more then fit he will fit perfectly into our physio room!!
    what a complete fuking joke
    no ambition whatsoever we will end up selling more players then we bring in this transfer window its all about money money money with this owner
    please sell this once great club before you destroy it totally

  • toongoat

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    I live in scotland and was always relieved that we never signed him.most of the time he was shit for rangers.played the odd good game yeah but please noooooooooooooooooooooo!dont do it.if he was crap in scotland whats he gonna be like here!

  • Newby

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Sydney_Toon – I believe The Mirror (or all people!) were the first to break the story!

  • Newby

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    I do believe that everyone said that Bassong, Guthrie and Jonas were going to be poo as well, but Jesus Christ, give the lad a chance!

    Do some people on this site just always seen the down side to EVERYTHING!? Are you actually supporters of the club?

  • geordie bulldog

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    what a complete joke of a signing if its true
    the guy has hardly played for schalke because of injuries he will be ideal for us then!!
    why do we need another winger is it not an attacking midfielder/fullbacks that we require
    if we have owen and martins upfront for the rest of the season why play with wingers when we have 2 of the smallest attackers in the league
    we will sell more players this window then we buy
    please sell this once great club before you destroy it

  • Fergie

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #29

    We should go for Chris Eagles as our Milner replacement, and Kevin Doyle as a replacement for Owen if (when) he leaves.

  • Chris F

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #30

    i’m sorry, but this guy couldn’t cut it in the SPL playing for Rangers.

    Do we really need the 2008/9 equivalent of tore Andre Flo?

    No. No, we don’t.

  • geordie bulldog

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    for me bassong has had a few good games but still looks suspect at the back
    guthrie has had probablyhad 3 or 4 good games at best
    jonas started off well but has faded really bad recently
    i dont like seeing the downside but this is what i see

  • keith

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Dont think he is good enough but IF he does sign ill give him a chance and hopefully he can do a job for us

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    hes quality……….but always injured…nuff said

  • inco

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    geordie bulldog you moaning tit! bassong suspect at the back? what are you on?! i doubt ur even a toon fan since it is now so easy to post on this site. whats the matter pet? are u a mackem? if yes, jonas and bassong are better players than anyone u have in ur side.

  • StevieA

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Good squad player. Improves the squad and gives us more options.

    I agree he has a lot to prove but it’s a free transfer so I wouldn’t worry too much. Who knows he might surprise a few of you.

    Then again that goes for most our signings who you think ‘aren’t good enough’ I don’t think he will be a first teamer as Jonas will play on the left. Unless they go with Jonas on the right and Lovenkrads on the left.

    “I do believe that everyone said that Bassong, Guthrie and Jonas were going to be poo as well, but Jesus Christ, give the lad a chance!”

    Exactly but I didn’t 😉

    Bassong – Promising player will surprise a few.
    Guthrie – A lot like a Robert Lee signing. Good potential.
    Jonas – Will be a good signing. Bargain

    As I say you don’t have to spend £10 Million on a player to improve the squad. This is good because it shows we are not just looking at big transfer fees and loans, some good players become available on frees. We NEED to improve the squad can’t you understand it’s too thin and bare to compete?

  • david

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    i dont know a great deal about him, but not sure many others do, so lets wait and see and give him a chance. just hope its a kinnear signing not wise!

  • wilson thompson

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    This kid was finished at rangers 2-3 seasons ago mark my words he is not good enough for the championship never mind prem hes a dud

  • geordie bulldog

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    i will be at the match today
    these are my opinions which i believe
    guthrie is too slow if he was that good why did bolton not sign him and liverpool not keep him
    bassong is showing signs but also has alot of improving to do the wigan game for instance was blatant when pulled back heskey more then once
    jonas as i said had a good start to the season but for an attacking player need more like goals


    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    Guthrie too slow-Hes a dynamo not a speed merchant
    Bassong blatently pulled back heskey-my arse.

  • Bmore

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    It’s another experinced player. In our position, with limited funds and a growing injury list – I am just happy to have a squad to choose from, and as he is adding to the squad – then the better we will be.

    Good player 4 years ago, though.


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