Newcastle United have today said that manager Joe Kinnear is close to making his first signing of the January transfer window but the manager seems to taking no chances, as the player is on trial at Newcastle, starting today.
Peter Lovenkrands - on trial at Newcastle
That player, as we have reported is free agent Danish International winger Peter Lovenkrands, who spent 6 years at Glasgow Rangers and was a target for Newcastle back in 2000 when he was 20 years old.
And don’t believe because the 28 year old has to have a trial first, he may not turn out to be a very good player – we had young Bassong on trial for a week, and he played in the game at Doncaster Rovers in the summer before Keegan signed him.
It’s good thinking by the club, and far better to make sure he is good enough before signing him.
Peter can play on either wing and also through the middle, and at least when he was 20 he was very very quick, but we’re not sure if he’s still that fast, but he certainly has lots of skills.
Newcastle assistant manager Chris Hughton said today:
“It has materialized over the last day or so,” “I think he’s out of contract so he’s coming in for us to have a look at him.”
“I’m led to believe that it will be on a trial basis.” “Looking at him as a player and what he’ll do”
“Whether we keep him or not depends on how he performs. He can operate on either flank or through the middle.”
“You want to bring in the best quality that you can, sometimes you don’t get your first choice and you have to move on.”
“But with Lovenkrands it is great value for us to have a look at him. We are still working behind the scenes to bring in the two or three players who we need.”
It would be good to bring in a couple of players this week, because the last thing Newcastle fans want to see is the window go to the last few days, with Newcastle still short of players.
It wouldn’t be the first time that we are left empty handed on the last day, over the last couple of years, since it happened in August, and we are paying for that right now.
The club just cannot afford to have the same thing happen in January.
If we do sign Peter we think that would be a decent deal for the club, and he can become the fourth winger that we have needed since James Milner left for Aston Villa in January.
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