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?