There is news in the Daily Mail that Newcastle are interested in Belgium winger Jonathan Legear.
Jonathan Legear – are Newcastle interested in this player ?
The 23 year-old is currently at Anderlecht, and has been at the Belgium club since 2003, when he left his home-town club Standard Leige, and the player has over 100 appearances and 14 goals in his career so far.
Jonathan can play on the right wing or up front as an out and out striker, so it seems he fits the type of player Newcastle may be looking to sign in January or in the summer.
The news is that Newcastle have had the player watched regularly, including when he played last week for Belgium in their exciting 4-4 draw with Austria, and he was said to be in excellent form in that game.
Jonathan has been compared to Christian Wilhelmsson, the former Swedish International, because of his fair hair and tremendous speed down the wing, and certainly Newcastle need more speed in their side.
But he has just extended his contract through the summer of 2014 with the Brussels club, and the likely fee quoted is around £3.5M, but it’s not clear that Newcastle have that sort of money to spend, at least in January.
The report also suggests that Newcastle are interested in Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks, who’s certainly been in fine form this season, but we find it a little hard to believe that Newcastle are interested in Matt, when the club already have Steve Harper, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster on the books on Tyneside.
Matt’s contract runs out next summer, and he could become available as a free agent at that time.