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.