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