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.
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