Which AZ Alkmaar Player Are Newcastle Really After?


There was a report in the The Daily Mail yesterday, claiming that Wigan Athletic are keeping tabs on Danish winger Simon Poulsen, who plays at AZ Alkmaar in Holland.

Simon Poulsen – are Newcastle interetse din this left winger?

But the Mail reports that Wigan will need to battle it out with Newcastle United for the Dane’s signature.

The 25 year-old, who was born in Sønderborg, Denmark, plays on the left wing for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie championship, and of course Newcastle have already been linked several times with AZ Alkmaar striker Jeremain Lens.

So we wonder if there is some guessing work going on as to exactly which AZ player is interesting the Newcastle scouts, who have been present at a number of AZ games recently.

Poulsen started his senior career for HFK Sønderjylland in the secondary Danish 1st Division in 2002 (26 appearances – 7 goals) before moving to FC Midtjylland (63 appearances – 5 goals).

In 2008 he moved to AZ Alkmaar where he has so far appeared 36 timnes with a single goal, and he has played three games for the Denmark national football team.

The Mail also claims that Wolves, Sunderland and Fulham are interested and that they, along with Wigan and Newcastle, sent scouts last Wednesday night to check on AZ Alkmaar in action against Glasgow Celtic.

The question remains – which AZ player are Newcastle really interested in?   Maybe both.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2010 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #1

    all this newspaper talk has no substance at all.in the last wk we must of been linked with 50 players.i wont believe any of this tosh until i see any of our so called targets in a black and white shirt

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  • richietoon

    May 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I t could be 1 both or neither,we’ll be linked with everyone and his dog until the transfer window shuts!

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  • Newutd

    May 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully not this one.

    Any way, Ed. You seen this? Maybe worth a shout..

    http://www.tribalfootball.com/newcastle-owe-ashley-%C2%A311m-809751?

    Newcastle United owe club owner Mike Ashley £111 million.

    The Sunday Mirror says Toon’s controversial owner is now entitled to claim his debt back on demand.

    The shock revelation comes in Newcastle’s latest balance sheet which shows net current liabilities of £154.3m and a net loss of £15.2m on the 2008/09 relegation campaign.

    Significantly, Ashley has changed the terms of the loan to make the £111m payable whenever he requests it rather than having to wait until there is a change of ownership.

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  • richietoon

    May 2, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know whether the accounts article can be classed as a ‘shock’ as we all knew the club owed him over £100m anyway and I think he always had the option to take his money out at anytime.That’s why he couldn’t and won’t be able to sell the club as that money has to be paid back to him.Is football the only business when the owner puts money into HIS business then can suddenly demand it back? If any of us owned a small business then put our life savings in to keep it afloat through the bad times,would we be able to say give me my money back when it goes tits up? I think not.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    May 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    This is mental! Mike Ashley owns the club. The club owns him money. He can demand that money any time he likes. What’s the problem? It’s his money. It’s his club. It’s his loan. It’s his debt. I’ll get me coat ….

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  • Newutd

    May 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    “The Magpies gave Gutierrez permission to fly back to Buenos Aires last week rather than play in today’s final game of the season at QPR.
    While the suggestion was that Gutierrez was merely resting ahead of Argentina’s build-up to South Africa, the player has been receiving specialist treatment on a knee problem.
    Gutierrez is suffering from tendonitis in his right knee and has been ruled out of Argentina’s friendly against Haiti on Wednesday.”

    “Already declared a certain starter at the World Cup by Maradona, Gutierrez must now hope a problem which can persist for up to six months eases significantly in the next four weeks.”

    Doesn’t look good this. Could well affect the pre-season preparations.. Anyone know more about this ?

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  • Newutd

    May 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    about this injury*

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  • Geordie_Pants

    May 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    ISAAC HUNT i agree

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  • Newutd

    May 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    (In the same story as the above..)

    Meanwhile, a United scout is understood to have been in Paris yesterday to make another check on teenage French striker Plaisir Bahamboula.
    The 19-year-old was in action for Sochaux against Metz in the final of the Gambardella Cup – a rough equivalent of our FA Youth Cup – at the Stade de France.
    According to Bahamboula, Newcastle have been tracking him for almost a year.
    Club scouts watched the teenage starlet score for France Under-18s against an English Universities side at Wembley before discussing a possible move to England with his family.
    Bahamboula said: “I was very interested by England, and it remains my favourite destination because it is the championship I like most.
    “Newcastle came to see me play at Wembley at an international game in which I shone and scored.
    “They also repeatedly spoke to my family.”

    Don’t know much about him, but always nice with young talents.

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  • P.I.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    As far as the Mike Ashley story goes, then yes, ofcourse it’s ridiculous. How can an owner begin to demand money back from his own business? No wonder we won’t have much cash to spend in the summer tansfer window, Ashley will want it for his personal bank account some point in the near future.
    It’s a shoddy state of affairs!

    As f0r the youngster Bahamboula, he sounds too much like Bahgira (the black panther from the jungle book) for my liking.
    Jokes aside, I aint seen or heard of him, he may be a tasty prospect but judging on the level he’s been playing at it may well be as a ‘one for the future’ rather than premier league squad player.

    I must admit though I do quite like the look of Jermaine Lens and if we could get him for under 3mil I think he would be a decent buy.

    Another player who i wouldnt mind us taking a chance on would be Nicky Maynard at Bristol city. He’s only 23 or so, quite quick, good touch, championships highest goal scorer, and certainly more to his game than Leon Best.

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