Lovenkrands On Tyneside And On Trial

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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47 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully he still has his legs and his injuries haven’t killed his pace. Can’t remember if he ever had a final ball/killer pass?!

  • stevep

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    reckon that if he’s any good JK will sell Zogs in order to raise cash for further players.
    thought he was past it myself but good that we have him on trial to check out (rather than just giving him a contract).

    Overriding priorities remain a CM, DM, RB and a LB

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Movememt at last.

    I have done zero research on this lad. He has got a bashing by most since Friday – but as Ive said before if he does well and does sign for NUFC then for me the proof is on the pitch and will then make my judgement.

  • Lasse

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Not sure about the quality but we need players.

  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Im glad to see we are making some activity, if he can play any were along the middle he could be the replacement for geremi. We are linked with Jo today any one think hes good enough for us

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Cheap….let’s hope he is cheerful.

  • Waddles mullet

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    If we don’t have any one in by friday you can forget about anybody (quality) coming in at all.

  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone no how much his wages will be around?

  • Dragonera

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon Graeme

    I’m the same. To be honest, i said from the beginning that we just need squad players aside from a first team DM and that is exactly what this guy will be.

  • ginkoh

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    How can we blame? No risk for free trial. Last time when Sir Bob want to sign him, I think he’s very good prospect but for now I don’t know. Let show how much you worth Peter.

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    He’s not a CM or AM. He’s a winger or striker!

  • Dragonera

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Squad player i mean.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Im sure that JFk knows where we need to fill the blanks.

    Its another bod for we and got knows with injuries we need more choices on the bench.

    At 29 we will get a couple of seasons I would say and dont forget one thing – ambition and drive to show a new team they can make it.

    With upto £52K behind him – you never know.

    Keep the faith boys – the wheel is turning and we got til the 2nd of Feb at 5pm.

    I watched the xfer news on SSN this morning as I was putting me socks on re JO. I cant see him coming to us on loan. Unless Man Citeh want rid on loan for a bit. Hughesy said he needs to fill before he gets rid. That nagging doubt of Given + player sale wont go away but as I said last night I love Given and the statement has been made by the fans – Cheer Given – Boo Zog. Speaks volumes.


    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Times are bad look at what we are aiming for! Players that aint good enough for someone else. It is time we all face the truth MA has dropped the level of our club to a dangerous low. Our better players want to leave our young ones don’t get a chance. We have JK as manager and an owner who wants out. We have DW picking players that he decides. If we avoid relegation this season It will only be a matter of time before we do go down. I can see us becoming another Leeds. FS started our downfall and MA is going to end it. There is no communication between MA and fans. Just false promises. Don’t hold your breath this transfer window.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Totally agree Geordie69..we are in such a bad way and with all the top teams to play us at home I can’t see us picking up many points from them..and we have struggled against the teams around us as well.

    I think relegation is defiantly realistic and put this down to lack of investment in the senior squad.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    To hit the 40 we need to win 5 games.

    After the spuds inability to win yesterday and god knows how that didnt happen as they were all over the pitch in the first half and wigan couldnt do a thing for 20 mins – then came the second and wigan pierced holes in their formation all over the pitch.

    Use them as an example of how other results do us a favour – which doesnt always happen.

    We must win against – Stoke, Bolton, Spuds, West Brom and Fulham to get 18 points. and anything else above that is a bonus. I know we have 5 months left but on paper its as easy as that.

    But NUFC aint that easy.

    Anyone going to Hull match?

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    If the majority of our first team are fit and injury free, then I can’t see us going down realistically. But the reality is that players keep on getting injured, so unless reinforcements are signed then YES we do have a chance of going down!

    But some of our defending at times is very amateur, and I think Chris Hughton needs to take the blame for this as he’s the supposed defensive coach.

    I like JK, he’s done a good job to date but I hope he realises that should we stay up, he needs some proper coaches through the door to get this squad playing like a proper team.

    Plus Geremi is absolutely rubbish!!!!

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Astonishing really. A club of this stature scratching around like this and even more infuriating, that according to last weeks Sunday Sun, Joe…. Joe of all people’s been told that HE’s got to offload Xisco to raise coppers for transfers. Was it Joe that bought him? Was it Keegan that bought him?

    Perhaps it’d be more appropriate if the ones that bought him were given a kick up the backside for foisting him onto us.

    But no, if the press is to be believed, the word from Ashley is that every players got a price and that Ernie [not so] Wise has been touting ’em about – including Collo and Jonas!

    Marvelloues innit that despite all the problems of recent months and MA’s stated desire to take the club forward, he clearly has not learned any lessons at all from the KK farce and the damage it caused!

    When will he wake up and clear out the remaining two that were at the bottom of it.

    On the Owen/ Citeh front, given that he said he was to make his major decision at the end of the season. Under the circumstances and if the press is wrong, then the best thing he can do is to issue a statement denying it, pdq.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    He is a good player, hope he can keep his speed!

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20

    ** Correcetion re previous post…… On the Owen/ Citeh front, given that he said he was to make his major decision at the end of the season, this could cause major damage in the eyes of the fans.

    Under the circumstances and if the press is wrong, then the best thing he can do is to issue a statement denying it, pdq.

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    I couldn’t really care less where Owen is going as it’s obvious he’s leaving!!! Either way, he’ll still bang a few goals away for us until the end of the season!

    It’s his right to run his contract down. I don’t think we can argue with that. What we can be p*ssed off with is the inability of the current board to offer him a new deal, or to have sold him and replace him with a better player!!!

    Leroy Lita anyone?!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Judging by the way the crowd reacts to MO and Given – if that alone was a factor in them staying then they wont go anywhere.

    To play for honours and silverware = win games and bank 3 points!

    On paper owt seems easy doesnt it!

  • Dragonera

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    The only thing i have against Lita is his attitude, if he has fixed that then he would be a shrewd signing for less than 1million.

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    @DragonEra – Agreed, but he reminds me of Defoe in a way that he just wants to be treated as top dog striker, but he really hasn’t earned that status yet. Then again, he hasn’t played in fron tof 52k geordies before either!

    Although he’s a better finsher than Defoe, IMO!

  • jim

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    toon greame-5 threes are 15 mate not 18 lol

  • jim

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    anyway you and kash can get a glimpse of what he was like on you tube- type in his name-find a compilation-was a cracking player-like u say tho is he now? i reckon itll be a good aquisition meeself like

  • jim

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #27


  • Dragonera

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28


    From what i remember he is/was the same kind of player as Lennon and Jenas. I’m sure i remember him being involved in one of those footballer orgies or something…maybe i am just jealous 😀 .

    Lita works much harder than Defoe, but i would probably say Defoe was the better finisher.

  • cooldj

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    worrying that hughton said he could be one of two or three players we need cos we need a lot more than that. reminds me of the summer when keegan was like we need 4 more in, and then it was 3 more in and in the end we got xisco and gonzalez. if lovenkrands comes in we still need a CM, a LB and possible RB cover, and that’s before anyone else has left!

  • magpies1

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Everyone goes on about attracting these top players but they are not going to come any more and in a way im glad, because that has where we have been going wrong for years buying big players,big attitude and big wages. Just look at portsmouth, everton and I suppose fulham , wigan and bolton they all brought average players but worked their way up from the bottom and that is exactly what we need to do and obviously get a bigger squad.

    Im going to give ashley till end of the summer and then see where we are because I fully believe he is trying to get us somewhere with getting rid of the big earners etc.

  • Californication

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    No harm in adding more bodies to the squad. It was always going to be a struggle to bring in out and out quality in this particular without paying obscene amounts of money for them.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    do u guys remember wen we signed antoine sibierski alot of people wrote him off he was 20 wen we signed him and was nothing special at man city . He was great for us pity we didnt offer him a 2 year contract, and has even raised his kid to be a toon boi

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Not sure I know the background – Do we know if it was amicable? Did he want to leave because he wasn’t going to get games? Did they just decide to get rid or is just a bit of both as usual?

  • Mikeflame

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Regarding the Jo comments, id be snapping Man Citys hand off and offer Owen in exchange! He is playing in a very muddled man city team where even the likes of Robinhio are looking average! Plus I don’t think it is settling in with JFK and MA but Owen is going for a free in summer…free as in we spend millions and millions on him and get nothing back other than a few goals which even bloody ameobi could have got if he’d have played religiously for 3/4 seasons!

    Despite what every body else is saying I think were turning a corner an I’m a wee bit excited about it! Id prefer a team of 11 Jonas or Guthries or Bassongs than Owens or Zoggys! Last summer signings were on whole far better than any in the past say 8 years! Were finally getting players in who want to play and ain’t here cos were offering 100k a week! I was the first in summer to think ‘holy shit 2 argies, a kid who couldn’t even get signed by bolton and a free agent in bassong….’ top 5 players this season include most of these! Judge the large bellied beer guzzler and his motley crew after the window not when there’s still nearly 3 weeks left!

    All is not doom and gloom, we could be in the bottom 3 ala spuds hahahaha! let’s get our arses into gear and start supporting our team, next handful of games are winnable so let’s get on a run was shocked how quiet st james was on saturday an its not good for players or us! TOOONN ARMY!!

  • Californication

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    bowburnmag- A bit of both I suspect. He has had his injury problems since his move there. I suppose the club simply though it was best to cut their losses. Despite this, I do thinkt that he has something to offer.

  • Stardust

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Mikeflame – exactly as I see it fella – Bravo

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #37

    As Kash said at comment 1.

    He has had loads of injuries over the last 3 years and pace was the only thing he ever had, it is likely he has lost a fair bit of pace, therefore he’d now be pretty useless.

  • Steve R

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Can anyone tell me, is he a left or right-winger? Jonas is really versatile and can play on both sides but it would prob be better if he is was a right-sided wing to balance it out cuz Duff and Jonas can play the left, which frees up space for the delusional N’Zogbia to leave.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Neither he is a striker who can play on the wing, the left one, he isn’t as good on the wing as he is upfront.

  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Dennis Wise is the Loan Arranger.


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