Are Newcastle Interested In Free Agent Robert Koran?


NNews today that there are a number of clubs after Robert Koran, who was surprisingly released by WBA recently.

Robert Koran – former WBA midfielder

The captain of the Slovenian side is a good player but we wonder if he fits the profile of players Chris Hughton wants to bring to Newcastle this summer.

There was also a report a couple of days ago saying he had signed on at Leeds United, so we assume that story was not true.

Newcastle, Wolves, Fulham and Swansea are all said to be interested in the midfielder, but we’re not sure if Chris is really interested in a player who turns 30 in September.

The player’s representative Zoran Krneta thinks there will be a number of good clubs after his player as he told Sky Sports today:

“In my opinion we will get at least 10 offers for Robert,” (he hopes)”

“There are a lot of interested clubs and I can reveal, that in the first two hours after the news was published on West Bromwich Albion’s website, I got calls from four clubs.”

“We will talk about his future today, but I repeat, we won’t have any problems with finding him a new club and also a good club.” “I’m sure about it as he is a really good and respected footballer.”

“He is the one who will choose his club, but I guess he will look for a good contract and also team, where he will be able to play every week.”

“He is in his best years and he would like to stay in England, where everybody knows him and where he made his name,”

Koran is a skillful player and seems a class act as he told the WBA web-site recently that it had been an honor to play for the club, and that he had loved his time at the Hawthorns and was disappointed to be leaving.

Certainly that kind of statement will only help him get a new club.

Robert played at Dravograd (Slovenia), Celje (Slovenia) and Lillestrøm in Norway before arriving at WBA on 4th January, 2007. He played over 120 times at WBA with 16 goals, and has played over 460 first class games and represented Slovenia 45 times with 4 goals.

There’s little doubt Robert is a good player,  but we don’t think Newcastle will move for him, mainly because of his age, with Newcastle already stating they want to sign players 26 years-old or younger.

The other thing to remember is Newcastle probably already have a future Slovenian captain in their ranks, with 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, if everything turns out well for both Newcastle and the youngster in the future.

But we’ll see. What do you think about Koran?

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • gunnarnufc

    May 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Although he becomes 30 in September I think he would be a save bet for us, but only if he accepts to a rather short contract, maybe 2 years. He would add some skill and creativity to our midfield.

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  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree. Short contract of 2 years. His presence at NUFc may help keep Vukic here and stop his head being turned by big predatory clubs.

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  • peterktoon

    May 18, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Chris H: “I don’t think anything will happen until late June or maybe even July, but we are doing a lot of work behind the scenes”

    Im just afraid that this will mean, we’ll miss out on a number of players…

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  • BudroBeardo

    May 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Koren would add only quantity not quality to what we got. Decent signing for free though.
    IMO, an incoming winger is an imperative, but not sure Koren is the right man for us.

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  • lesh

    May 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Good point Ericles but I also think that if Vuckic gets games and the atmosphere’s good at the club, he’ll be happy.

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  • Oba

    May 18, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, it’s Koren not Koran.

    Not good enough either.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 18, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Tidy player….why not.

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  • yuwing

    May 18, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=788261&sec=transfers&cc=4716

    how about this guy? we can get him for free and sign short contract about 1-2 yrs, with him, newcastle will get 20 extra goal and can bring us to european competition. i’m sure he is a quality player and if he will work well with jonas, i’m sure that it will be an exciting games to watch:)

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  • fongct

    May 18, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    will take him

    he is ok, a bosman, can cover both wings

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  • bakerman

    May 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    u trying to suggest something up there oba?

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  • Chris F

    May 19, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #11

    henry would never sign for us, he wants one last big payday, hence the link with the MLS.

    koren, imo, would be nothing more than a squad player, and probably wouldn’t get a game often either.

    what you have to remember is that next year the 25 man squad limit comes into effect, so every club will have to be shrewd with their signings.

    This ruling is also why it makes sense to look at younger players, as those aged 21 or under at the end of the transfer window do not count towards the 25.

    I’d hope CH has his sights set a bit higher than Koren, tbh, though most likely not as high as Henry 😉

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