Newcastle Interested In 6’3″ Nigerian Striker


The News Of The World is reporting today that Newcastle are interested in Edward Ofere, a 6’3″ Nigerian striker.

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Edward Ofere – played 3 times for Nigeria

The 23 year-old Nigerian, who currently plays for Malmo FF in Sweden, has played 3 times for Nigeria so far.

Ofere started his career at Nigerian club Enugu Rangers way back in 1998, and finally played for the team 77 times and scored 16 goals, before moving to Malmo in 2006.

He has played 59 times for the Swedish club and scored 16 goals.

Apparently Newcastle scouts (we still have some?) have been monitoring the Nigerian’s form closely.

Obviously the Newcastle scouts will continue to monitor the Nigerian, but there is a possibility that money will be available in January, depending on who the owner is at that time,  and he may be one of the targets Newcastle will go after.

If he isn’t signed in January, and he keeps impressing the Geordie scouts, Newcastle could make a move for the player next summer.

It’s refreshing to hear we are scouting some players, as we’ve come off a summer in which the main purpose was to unload the high wage earners on the books.

But amazingly Newcastle was quite successful in doing that, and took in around £22M for the transfers of Beye, Bassong, Martins and Duff, and all but halved the wage bill, to about £38M from the £74M of last season.

As far as it goes it leaves Newcastle in a decent financial situation, especially as they only have to pay out £2M to Kevin Keegan, and nowhere near the £25M he was claiming for constructive dismissal.

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73 comments so far

  • jarny69

    Oct 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Think he sounds a good investment, in for january and he can take harewood’s place

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Monitoring, thats all they will be doing, watching SSN like the rest of us waiting on news of the new owners.
    All these stories about interest in players from our club have got to made up by their agents to encourage interest from other clubs and anyway, since when have the NOTW started publishing mid week articles?

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  • alkinou

    Oct 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Why should Newcastle be interested in a striker? There are load of wholes on our bench and we would want a striker.
    I’d tend not to believe this at all.

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  • CPorterNufc

    Oct 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    How would it be a good investment for a player none of us have heard of never mind seen play. Would much rather we made The Hare’s move permanent… at least we know what we’re getin with Marlon & he has Premier League experience!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    We have 2 chances of signing this kid fat chance & no chance. Get real until Fat Tw*t & Lamearse go we will only sign loanees. We will be very lucky to get promotion unless they go now.

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if these scouts are still using their fave method of youtube to assess potential signings!!

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  • toonsy

    Oct 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Shot Bru // Oct 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    I heard we only sign players if their YouTube video is rated at 5 stars!!

    Also, its just what we need, another big, tall striker! YAWN

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  • chuck

    Oct 9, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah, Beye, Martins, Bassong Duff, N`Zogbia, Given, the cream of the crop.
    Now it`s some unknown Nigerian (well perhaps “Mickytoon” can give us a rundown) with sixteen goals in fifty none games.
    Why does this news not make me deliriously happy ?

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  • chuck

    Oct 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Bigbadbob (2#)
    You could say the same about the stories concerning the “about to happen sale.”
    Just dont hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

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  • samvil

    Oct 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #11

    This guy has been at Malmö FF since 2005 but never really impressed, except for the last 4 games when he’s scored 7 times.

    Physically he would do fine in England, but his technical ability is very limited, he looks a bit clumsy at times and he’s not a great goalscorer.

    Though, if he can keep up the form he’s shown in the last 4 games he should do very well, at least in the championship. But then again, why would we need another big striker when we already have got four.

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #12

    “Apparently Newcastle scouts (we still have some?) have been monitoring the Nigerian’s form closely.” So Tom Toon must be helping the club out on you tube, what a lot of utter rubbish

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  • Hertigen

    Oct 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Hi guys! I am a swedish toon-fan and therefore I am familiar with Edward Ofere. I dont think he would be a bad signing at all, he is the same player type as Carroll and Ranger, but with a bit more pace.

    As far as i see there is one big advantage to signing Ofere over Harewood, Ofere would be alot cheaper. Harewood has an existing contract with Villa and he would probably want something in the range of that contract. Ofere has 1 year left on his contract with Malmo and his wages are way below Harewoods, thus he would demand a lot less then Harewood but still get a substantiall raise compared to his existing contract.

    With Harewood you get an experienced player, but he is around his thirties and won’t evolve. Ofere is 23 and can still evolve alot. His match and goal rating doesn’t do him fair, he had problems settling in to Sweden and Malmo and therefore didn’t perform maximum. This year, and especially since the summerbreak, he really has performed as a top player in Allsvenskan.

    Signing Ofere wouldn’t be a huge gamble since his asking price would be fairly low (around £2m) and if he would flop he could probably be sold around that figure aswell.

    Just my two cents.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 9, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #14

    just don’t hold it too long you might die

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  • toonsy

    Oct 9, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Still quiet on here!

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  • Colombus

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #16

    A nigerian striker that would really be a good buy for us is Bentley – Chukwuma Akabueze that plays for “Odd” in the norwegian league. He’s only 20 and has really had a breaktrough this year. Can both be played as a striker or out wide in a 4-3-3. I would think he is a available for 2-3 million pounds.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #17

    I sent this guy £210 to let him transfer loads of money into my bank account, but he’s done nowt, absolutley nowt!

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    toonsy your right mate it is starting to get quiet round here, plus I hate the international breaks its like 2 weeks for 1 match

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #19

    absolutely

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Colombus he is about 2-3 million to dear for Ma. Isaac Hunt it could be worse, you could have sent it to Ma and his pet goat

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #21

    BD: I did, but he thought I was kidding ewe

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  • Doocey

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #22

    So lads, who’s your money on this weekend? 😀

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  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Doocey
    £100 we don’t get took over this week!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #24

    His goal to game ratio is just aweful…in leagues that are not that difficult.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Get in carroll

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  • Stuart79

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s as much chance of Mike Ashley appointing Shearer and giving him £250m to spnd on new players than us being bought this weekend.

    Ashley hasn’t rejected Moats bid yet though….

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #27

    just to let u guys know that carroll just scored his first goal 4 england u21…they are now winning 3-2. :)..the game is live and free..http://www.thefa.com/U21live

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #28

    now 3-3 🙁

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  • Doocey

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve placed an accumulator on this week, good chance it’ll come through.
    Although the chances are about the same as Newcastle being sold in a week.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    “Now that truth and transparency have officially been confirmed as yet two more casualties of the Mike Ashley regime, it is impossible to treat any information from the club – either on the record or off the record – with any credibility.”

    From the mirror article and if it wasn’t so true it’d be hilarious, well I suppose it’s funny to a non NUFC fan!

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  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Think ash will take off market later next week unless a late bid of £100 mill comes in.

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  • Doocey

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Cheers Xisco, very good quality stream.
    Carroll controlling the game lol.

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #33

    This link is from the chief scout >
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU9v8nvjWm4

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34

    a bit off topic but after reading the article on Ashley not being fit to run a football club, it reminds me i made a complaint to the fa over Llambias doing a streak at st James park, putting all the facts, and insisting that the fa should investigate the matter, as it was in my opinion that it brought football into disrepute, the reply i got was so condescending, i sent a copy to all the members of the 2018 world cup committee asking if the fa was a fit enough institution to organize such a major event. the fa insisted that it was up to Llambias to hold the investigation, what a bunch of cowards.

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #35

    ur welcome doocey…its live from the FA soo bound to be good quality 🙂 enjoy

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #36

    england 4-3

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  • Stuart79

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #37

    dave 1961 // Oct 9, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    a bit off topic but after reading the article on Ashley not being fit to run a football club, it reminds me i made a complaint to the fa over Llambias doing a streak at st James park, putting all the facts, and insisting that the fa should investigate the matter, as it was in my opinion that it brought football into disrepute, the reply i got was so condescending, i sent a copy to all the members of the 2018 world cup committee asking if the fa was a fit enough institution to organize such a major event. the fa insisted that it was up to Llambias to hold the investigation, what a bunch of cowards.

    So Llambias has to hold an investigation into his own actions?

    That wouldn’t be a whitewash would it?

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #38

    carroll just missed a sitted ooooops lol still 4-3

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  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #39

    carrolllllllllllllllll

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 9, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #40

    5-3 carroll just scored again…2 goals today..and 2 goals in 2 games now 🙂

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