Newcastle After Top Turkish Midfielder

There is report in the News Of The World today that Newcastle United are after Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop.

Hamit Altintop – are Newcastle interested?

The 27 year-old Turkish International is out of contract this summer, so he comes at a good price, but is therefore already attracting interest from other top clubs including  Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray.

Whether Newcastle can attract the player to Tyneside, even if they are interested in the player, is an open question.

The 6′ tall winger played in Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final win over Lyon last week, and it’s known that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will be signing another winger this summer, to compete with Wayne Routledge and Argentine Jonas Gutierrez when Newcastle are back in the Premiership.

Hamit began his first-class career with Wattenscheid 09 in 2000, and he played 75 times with 9 goals for the German club, before moving to Schalke 04 in 2003.  Altintop played 113 times with 8 goals for Schalke before moving to the German Champions in 2007, where he has so far played 65 times with 9 goals.

The Gelsenkirchen, West Germany born player has played for his country, Turkey, 53 times with 4 goals.

He is extremely versatile, and can play either in a defending or attacking role in central midfield, and also on either wing, and was part of the Turkish squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

There’s no doubt that Hamit would add class to the Newcastle squad, and with his versatility would be a very good acquisition for Newcastle.

But whether we can get him on Tyneside, even if the NOTW report is accurate, and that Newcastle are indeed interested in the player, will not be easy.

But if the report is true, it’s good to kn0w that Newcastle are after top-class players, at least when the transfer fee is right, and we have to think that Chris Hughton has a full list of all the  free agents this summer.

Let us know what you think of  Altintop.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #1

    i was actually going to suggest him awhile back, would be good in my opinion. 27 year old. obviously good if he gets any time in a champions league match

  • baro

    May 2, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #2

    He would be a good buy. But, I thought we were after Deniz Yilmaz, who is Turkish and from Bayern Munich.

  • baro

    May 2, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Hamet Alintop video—–WOW! Very good player. One this way one that way. Every goal outside of the box. Would be a good buy. 🙂

  • Robby Bobson

    May 2, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Louis Van Gaal seemed to rate him when bayern played man utd.

    If van gaak rates someone, he must be good.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 2, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Louis Van Gaal seemed to rate him when bayern played man utd.

    If van gaal rates someone, he must be good.

  • ginkoh

    May 2, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Good buy ! but I don’t think he will come. His high wage and UCL football will be too much for us yet.

  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #7

    i agree with ginkoh,anyway if you believe what you hear in the papers, MA has told CH that he must sign players 26 or under, Altintop is 27.

  • Newutd

    May 2, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha, i don’t think that would stop him from signing a world class player if he could, WLtoon.

  • wsquare

    May 2, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #9

    good direct player. speedy too.

  • richietoon

    May 2, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #10

    wltoon.I think the under 26 thing is a policy but it won’t be written in stone,it wuld be crazy for the club to be so rigid.I think the same would apply for the salary cap too.imo……..3 more points today. 2-3 HWTL

  • RetroBiscuits

    May 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the under 26yrs rule is good aslong as used strictly, this along with a 2 or 3 year plan to produce a team worthy of competing in europe. We need to step back and accept nufcs failings in the past are partly due to trying to pay for instant success.
    I think the age cap is needed in this respect to ensure success for the future

    We need players playing for Newcastle United(like we have now) not a pay packet..

  • richietoon

    May 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    retrobiscuits………….so if a quality 27 yr old player becomes available on a free and wants to come,and is willing to stay within the salary cap(if it exists) then you’d turn him down? No club can or will ever be ran so rigidly in my opinion mate.

  • RetroBiscuits

    May 2, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    richietoon you are dead right it would be madness not to take him for free, hopefully the age cap only applies to money signings.

    When building a team for the future a plan needs to be in place and we cant deviate from this, if the rules are going to be changed every transfer window then there is no point in implementing a plan in the first place.

  • Geordie_Pants

    May 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I really do not know why this article was even posted, it is a purely fabricated rumour. We have zero chance of getting Hamit Altintop, this guy is good enough to play for either side in the Top 4 and i highly doubt he would wish to join a club for 30k a week and battle against relegation.

    For those of you who say “we cannot make an exception on this player,” then you are without a doubt smoking some illegal drugs or you have little or no knowledge of continental football.


  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    What a fantastic buy this would be, however we have no chance of getting Turkeys’ best player .

    This player is twice the player of Jonas and Routledge put together. He deserves Champions League football at the minimum and deserves a big contract. However Hamit doesn’t play for money or fame and he’s shown that by taking a pay cut at Bayern 2 years ago (when Fenerbahce wanted him) and the fact he chose to play for Turkey and not Germany.

    Fantastic player and if we got him it would be a fantastic deal

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    The fact he’s going to play in the Champions league final says something??

    Possible Champions League glory to a possible strugggle Premier League survival nt an easy step and i’m sure it’s 1 he wants to avoid

  • geordielad880

    May 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    I have to agree with turkish mag, I have watched him loads over the years, and we have got NO chance whatsoever! He would want wages around 80-90k per week, and champions league football, we cant attract players like him anymore, we will be looking at players like seb larsson, and maybe pedersen from blackburn. I cant help but laugh at some of the names we have been linked to.

  • geordielad880

    May 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    If we signed seb larsson from birmingham, juan albin from getafe, and perch from forest I would be happy, and it would cost £4m to get all 3 players, which is fantastic buisiness

  • geordielad880

    May 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    I still think we could do with another centre half, as I would like to see young kadar cover enrique at left back, as i dont think he is quite ready to play centre half yet, any ideas for targets??

  • Shot Bru

    May 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Magic player, would be perfect as a holding midfielder.

  • Harley.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Reminds me of Jonas but with a better final product. What makes you all so sure he’s leaving Bayern, i cant imagine that after raching the UCL final he’d want to leave.

  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    i cant believe that some fans actually think we could get Altintop.we are,nt as attractive to top players as we were ten years ago,and he is a top player. i DO believe that MA would,nt budge on his wage cap so that rules us out on many many top players. Yonng foreign stars who wont demand high wages and middle of the road prem players are all im expecting in this season,how times have changed eh.

  • BigDave

    May 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    I watched the Bayern- Lyon games in the chamions league this year and just from watching them, I can safely say he would be a cracking buy. He’s quick, skilfull and has a great final ball. I would say he’s another Guthierez with slightly less pace but a much better final ball.

    Hope we get in there…


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