Newcastle United have signed 27 year-old defender Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn Rovers on a three-month loan deal.
Zurab Khizanishvili – looks a great loan signing – welcome aboard!
The Georgian defender, 27, had been a first-choice under former boss Mark Hughes but has found it hard to get a game under current Blackburn and former Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce.
Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton told the Newcastle club’s website early this afternoon:
“Zurab is an experienced defender and we’re pleased to have him on board.
“He knows English football very well and will be a welcome addition.”
The Georgia international can play at full-back or centre-half, and has 62 caps for his country with one goal.
We lay claim to what looks like a decent singing because we reported this morning that Newcastle were no where near a signing – looks like we were wrong again. 😀
Tha fact that Zurab can play at full back as well as center-back means he will be immediately challenging for a first team spot, and that’s exactly what we want to see form our loan players.
From an initial look, this looks a like coup for Hughton and Newcastle United as he looks a very strong defender and good in the air.
Zurab Khizanishvili was born in October in 1981 in Tbilisi, in the old Soviet Union (now Georgia), and has previously played for Dundee, Rangers and has been at Blackburn since 2006, and ha splayed over 70 times for the Lancashire club.
He started his career with local teams having played from 1998 until 2001 for various clubs – Dinamo Tbilisi, FC Tbilisi and Lokomotiv Tbilisi before moving to Dundee in 2001.
He is the son of former USSR international defender Nodar Khizanishvili, and stands a good 6’2″ in height.
He has played in 198 first class club games, in addition to the 62 games he has already played for Georgia. He made his debut for Georgia in 1999.
He scored his only goal against Moldova on 6 June 2009, and is married to famous Georgian model Salome Gviniashvili, and they have 3 young children.
Here’s the players’ profile on the Blackburn Rovers web-site. It’s interesting he is listed there at 6’0″ tall.