Newcastle’s Reported Interest In Swedish International Defender

According to the Daily Telegraph today, there are several clubs interested in Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist, including Newcastle United.

Andreas Granqvist – Newcastle interested?

Andrea currently plays for Dutch club FC Groningen, and he was at Wigan Athletic from 2007 until 2008, but only appeared   14 times for Wigan, and it looked like he couldn’t get his first team place at that time at the Lancashire club.

The 25 year-old is 6′ 3″ tall and played 26 times for the Swedish U21 side, but has only appeared 5 times for the full Swedish side.

Fulham are also quoted as possibly being interested in the player along with Wolfsburg, Schalke 04, HSV and of course Newcastle.

In January of 2007 he went on loan to Wigan and then a few months later signed a permanent deal two year deal at the club.

But he played less than a season with Wigan Athletic before moving to Swedish club Helsingborg on loan, and then signing on permanently in 2008 for FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie –  Groningen finished 8th in the Dutch league last season.

So his track record doesn’t seem to be too startling, and we have to wonder if this player is good enough for Newcastle United, if indeed this news report is true – which seems unlikely – at best.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • BeeGuy

    May 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, do you think you could do a running tally of all the players NUFC is linked with this Summer? I’d guess the number will be well 200!

  • henok ethiopian toon

    May 28, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #2

    nufc fans have never heard of him and they will probably never here his name again…i actually know his nick name “the defender from hell” from his days in Helsingborg ….he will be a great for our structured defense
    Simpson..who was unwanted by (Blackburn, Wolves, and Hull)..and ended up here cause our genus manager believes he is classy
    Williamson…not even close to epl standard offense but he was one of the players who got us relegated and i really doubt his performance in the epl
    and now Granqvist…i am way way way better than him and ya if he comes lets give him the new nick name “bomsong”
    which leaves our defense with only 2 epl standard players Colo and Taylor

  • cgrizzly87

    May 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    So he couldn’t get in a WIGAN team ahead of TITUS BRAMBLE?

  • Colombus

    May 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Honestly, I don’t think this swede is the answer either. But there is a another swede available that would be a very interesting buy. Norwegian Rosenborg (yeah the same club as Per Ciljan Skjelbred plays in) owns the back Mikael Lustig. He has taken big steps and is a very modern back at the age of 24. offensive, fast and also very smart. I think he would cost 2 mill and he would provide very good quality.

  • Newutd

    May 28, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Haha, Granqvist…

  • Newutd

    May 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Beeguy –

    Here comes a list with almost everyone we’ve been linked to in May:

    Stephen Hunt
    Jimmy Bullard
    Pablo Hernandez
    Plaisir Bahamboula
    Hamit Altintop
    Shane Long
    Dennis Yilmaz
    Gylfi Sigurdsson
    Marcus Pedersen
    Ivan Klasnic
    Mark Reynolds
    Ahmed Al-Muhammadi
    Connor Whickham
    Dave Kitson
    Liam Lawrence
    James Beattie
    Jesper Christiansen
    Andy O’Brien
    John Arne Riise
    Bafetimbi Gomis
    Andre-Pierre Gignac
    Martin Mimoun
    Christian Benitez
    Jack Wilshere
    Tom Cleverley
    Danny Welbeck
    Curtis Davies
    Kevin Constant
    Christian Poulson
    Erik Huseklepp
    Robert Koren
    Shaun Wright-Philips
    Darren Fletcher
    Toifilou Maoulida
    Lloyd Sam
    Landry Mulemo
    Albin Ebondo
    Leon Britton
    Raffaelle Maiorano
    Joe Ledley
    Jermaine Jenas
    Kieran Richardson
    Carlos Kameni
    Bernard Mendy
    Ben Watson
    Jo Inge Berget
    Slobodan Rajkovic
    Nedum Onuoha
    Youssuf Mulumbu
    Romelu Lukaku
    Kris Boyd
    Andreas Granqvist
    Derdyck Boyota

  • Craigg

    May 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Read this crap:

    “Onuoha WILL sign for Newcastle United within the next 2 weeks the fee will be around £4.5million maybe £5million and will rise to £5.5million with add ons in his contract such as apperences England call up if it happens plus a 5% sell on clause.

    Also Boyd has passed a medical and will sign a 3 year deal will be announced in the next 7 days his family lives close by to Newcastle as well so this is the perfect move for him.

    And finally David Wheater heavily rumoured in recent days will complete a £4million move he has already taken and passed a medical and is now discussing contract talks the deal is 99% done.

    And Mulumbu has also been shown around SJP and is expected to sign a 4 year deal. these 4 will happen .

    Newcastle fans be patient something will happen in the next few days.

    Thank you for reading
    my source – I work at SJP. my job involves faxing the paperwork to other clubs this is how I know these deals are concrete.”

  • Matthew Tom

    May 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Crap indeed Craigg, I completely agree!

    Does the author really expect us to believe that someone who had the job of faxing *hugely confidential* transfer paperwork around would be so collossally stupid as to put all this information on a website?

    Unless his name’s Derek, of course …

  • Craigg

    May 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Mind it would be nice if there was some truth in it…

  • Howay The Lads

    May 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10
  • baro

    May 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #11


    Dont u mean

    According to

    and not

    According to Daily Telegraph

  • baro

    May 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #12

    At the bottom it said Harry Redknapp could offload Hutton and Kyle Naughton. I would be more than happy if we get Kyle Naughton, has great speed, plays right back, but according to Middlesboro he can play anywhere in the defence including the center.

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    May 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Didn’t you guys know? Not only do Newcastle have about 6 million groundsman (or a lot of very popular groundsmen) a fax man who they can’t trust, and a secret source running 24-7, they also have a fantastic owner!

    Oh, that sarcasm was painful..

  • baro

    May 29, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #14


    Hey since when were we linked with Romelu Lukaku? He is a real, real talent.

  • noir9

    May 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Henok @ 2, we all bowe to your superior football knowledge it seems that not only are you something of coach but your now also quite a handy player. Now one last time for the hard of thinking, most supporters are fully aware of the shortcomings of our manager & certain players & don’t need you to explain it to us again & again with the same tired comments. We are not going to get the new bigname manager you craive or £20 mil to spend on players, to have any chance of staying up we have got to give the manager & team our support. Fair enough you might know the player we are linked with but why yet another dig at chris & players?

  • Thump

    May 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Well said noir9. I’m getting tired of the doom and gloomers spouting their negativity where it’s unwarranted.

    A lot of our team have a lot to prove in the EPL and yes, some of them helped us into the second tier but to blame it entirely on the players and Chris (those who helped us BACK INTO the EPL) is ridiculous. We were on a downward spiral long before the relegation squad pulled on a toon top and the sooner some of you realise and embrace that fact the better.


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