News today that Newcastle are planning to go after Slovenian striker Tim Matavz.
Tim Matavz – Newcastle Interested?
Certainly the The FC Groningen striker comes at the right age, at just 21 years old and he’s 6’2″ tall, and has 5 goals in 13 games so far for the Eredivisie club this season.
Tim made his full Slovenian debut some two years ago, and has so far played 6 times with 3 goals for the National side, and we have to think he will know our own 18 year-old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic.
And the fact that Haris is at the club could even be a draw for the striker, if indeed the Elf Voetbal report today, is accurate and Newcastle are indeed interested in the player.
Dutch newspaper Elf Voetbal is claiming that Newcastle scouts have been watching Matavz on several occasions this season, and could be prepared to move as early as this January.
We know that chief scout Graham Carr is busy looking at new targets, even though Chris Hughton has said no new players will be coming in, during the January transfer window.
Graham Carr was the one responsible for bringing in Cheick Tiote in the summer, and the Ivorian has turned out to be a terrific signing for Newcastle, and his arrival in the first team coincided with Newcastle’s big improvement (we won at Everton on his debut), since he came into the Magpies first team.
Newcastle fans may be surprised that Newcastle are after a new striker with Carroll, Ameobi, Best, Ranger, Xisco and Peter Lovenkrands all currently at the club.
But if the club do bring in the Slovenian, you can bet one or two of the fringe strikers at the club will be departing in January, with both Best and Xisco being the obvious two to be first on that list.
In October, Matavž scored three goals for Slovenia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against the Faroe Islands (Newcastle’s Jóan Edmundsson played in that game), and at 21, became the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick for his country.
Tim’s five year contract runs through the summer of 2012, so Newcastle would need to pay a fee to Groningen, and from what we can tell this lad looks very decent, and of course fits the profile perfectly of players the club wants to sign.