Newcastle Pursue 6’3″ Nigerian Striker Again

Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are again interested in Malmo’s Edward Ofere.

Edward Ofere – bound for Tyneside?

Newcastle were interested in the 6’3″ Malmo striker last October, as we reported back then, and apparently Newcastle have been keeping tabs on the 23 year-old.

Apparently Newcastle scouts are said to have been at Malmo’s first pre-season friendly, as they easily beat Danish side Koge 5-1, with Ofere scoring twice.

Malmo have again said they they have not heard anything from Newcastle (but seemingly would like to):

Malmo’s CEO Pelle Svensson to Fotbolldirekt:

“If Newcastle are interested in Ofere then it’s just for them to contact us but they need to hurry up as the transfer window closes soon,”

“We haven’t heard anything yet. But we are ready for an offer on Ofere.”

“No club has contacted us since the last season ended, but of course we are prepared. We need to be with a player like Ofere.”

“Of course we have a plan if Ofere would leave. We need to have.”

Ofere has again refused to comment on the latest speculation surrounding him, as he said today:

“It’s my agent who handles all that.”

“I am focusing on Malmo FF. I am not going to move now.”

We don’t know too much about Ofere, other than he started his career with Enugu Rangers, a Nigerian division one football team, in 1998 as a youth team player through 2003, and then for the first team from 2003 through 2005.

Edward eventually played for Enugu Rangers 77 times with 18 goals, before joining Swedish side Malmo in 2005, and he has played 78 times for them scoring 22 goals since 2005.

He has represented his country, Nigeria 3 times, making his debut last year.

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