A report in the News Of The World today that Newcastle are after Spurs winger Niko Kranjcar in January.
Niko Kranjcar - Newcastle interested in Croation International
Of course this report comes after an interview with Newcastle manager Chris Hughton on Thursday who said he would not be making any moves at all in the January transfer market.
But the news is that Newcastle want class when they it becomes available and if they can get a good deal for for the Croatian international they will do it.
But with further research we have found out that Niko’s signed a four year deal in September of 2009 at Spurs, so the NOTW is not accurate in saying he is a free agent next summer – and that’s a pity.
Niko has been described by manager Harry Redknapp recently as a great lad, and a wonderful professional who never complains but trains hard every day, and certainly his class could help fill the gap in the Newcastle squad left by the absence of broken leg victim Ben Arfa, if Newcastle could sign him in January for a small fee. He cost Spurs £2M last year from Portsmouth.
Niko, who stands 6’1″ tall and has fantastic technique, prefers the right wing and could certainly offer a tremendous challenge to Wayne Routledge on Newcastle’s right wing.
But there’s no doubt that the 56 times capped Croation Kranjcar, has fallen out of favor at White Hart Lane right now, and seems ready to leave for first-team football, which he will get at Newcastle.
It seems that Everton, who are also always interested in a good deal, and almost signed Kranjcar when he left Fratton Park last year, are still interested in the player and could offer Steven Pienaar to Tottenham.
The South African’s contract runs out next summer, and he has so far refused to sign a new contract for the Everton club.
While we think what Chris Hughton said could be accurate enough, that Newcastle are not planning to sign anybody specific in January, players like Niko are just too good to pass up, if they indeed become available.
If Newcastle can somehow get this player – that would be another great deal for the Newcastle club, as Niko has proved he can play in the Premier League, and has that little thing called class.
Note: Our initial report of this story replicated what the NOTW is saying – that Niko is a free agent in the summer, but since we found out that is not true and his contract runs through 2013, we have altered our report – but we still think Niko would be a great deal for Newcastle at £2M.
Here is the Croation’s record in football so far ….
Years Team Apps Goals 2001–2004 Dinamo Zagreb 84 (19) 2004–2006 Hajduk Split 45 (12) 2006–2009 Portsmouth 83 (9) 2009– Tottenham 26 (6)
Croatia U21 3 (0) 2004– Croatia 56 (12)
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