Former Chelsea Star Available But Too Old For Newcastle?

Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman has left French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain by mutual consent.

Mateja Kezman – too old at 31

Kezman joined PSG in the summer of 2008 from Fenebahce scoring 10 goals in 53 total appearances for the Paris club, and only two goals in his last 18 games over the last 14 months.

So it looks like the Serbian striker agreed to leave PSG because he wasn’t producing the goods, and while Newcastle will always be interested in any good free agent that becomes available,  we have to think that Mateja at 31 is too old and past his best,  to be brought to Tyneside.

The Serbian has had a long and successful career and played at Radnicki Pirot, Loznica, Sartid Smederevo, Partizan, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit Saint Petersburg on loan.

In his career so far he has played 456 first class games with 231 goals – an excellent goals to games record – and has represented the old Serbia and Montenegro 47 times with 17 goals.

The news suggests that Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle may be interested in the striker, but we doubt Newcastle will be in for this player, even though he would now cost nothing in transfer fees.

A PSG club statement was issued yesterday:

“Paris Saint-Germain and Mateja Kežman have agreed to terminate the player’s contract. The club would like to thank Mateja for his professionalism during his time with PSG and wish him success in the remainder of his career.”

It seems that Newcastle are only interested in players around 26 or younger, but of course there are always exceptions to that policy, and 35 year-old Sol Campbell proved to be one of those last summer, but we don’t think that will be the case for Kezman.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Toon Sweden77

    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I would belive that Newcastle only are interested in paying a fee for a player under 26, but as long as they are free… why not, offer him a contract to the end of the campain. If they should offer him anything at all, not sure hes good enough anymore.

  • sweendog

    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Is he not a bit mad .. at the moment I would wait till jan and get a top class young striker in .. Ameobi and Carrol are currently doing enough to justify them as the front 2 .. nevermind ranger who could be good ..

  • DrunkenSteve

    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #3

    No better than what we have already got.
    Would become deadwood on the wage bill like Best…Save the budget.

  • Chris F

    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    even if we signed him, he couldn’t be registered until January.

    personally, despite his good record in Holland, he’s been spectacularly average since then and I don’t think he’d be a worthwhile signing at all.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Nov 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Hmmmm it’s a tough one…

    Leon Best will move on in January IMO, Ranger will go out on loan so I think it could be worth a short term deal to prove if he can step up to the challenge, even as a back up. No-one will offer him high wages so a 6 month deal with a low(ish) wage could beenfit us. could be another fox in the box like Nolan…

  • G

    Nov 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Pay as you play deal? He could be worth the risk of a short term contract?

  • Colombus

    Nov 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Kezman hasn’t produced in a couple of years, but I think he might be worth the gamble. Under a pay as you play-contract for excample. He has immense routine and could well be a good player alongside Carroll. He certantly has an eye for goal and is a popup striker and joker -type. The question is if we already have a type like that in Lovenkrands, which also has more speed to bring in to the game.

    We are looking for a winger also and I have to say that Dimitri Payet has been a sensation for St.Etienne so far this season. 8 goals in 11 matches and he also has a good foot to swing them in. Anyone who would like to speculate on a price for the guy?

  • Toontastico

    Nov 4, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    No Point at all in bringing this lad in! Even when in his prime at chelsee he did fook all (4 goals in 25) and he’s been injured for half the last 2 seasons.
    He’s past it and we dont need him

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Robert Pires!!!! I believe he can still deliver the crucial passes.

  • StuW

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Not a bad player. 31 isn’t too old for 1 or 2 seasons, and it would give us a little extra up front. Kezman is an intelligent forward.

    @Colombus – Payet is worth at least 7m at this point, and St. Etienne will hold out for at least 10m.

  • nightfa11

    Nov 5, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    kezman? hell no! he was kicked out of serbia squad & got into a fight with psg players…apparently this guys full of himself.. another crocked old trouble hes not even that good. avoid him chris.


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