We didn’t think too much of Bolton Wanderer striker Johan Elmander, until this season that is.
Johan Elmander – Newcastle interested in £3.5M striker?
When Bolton signed the player for around £8.5M in the summer of 2008, he seemed way overpriced, but since Owen Coyle took over at Bolton last January, he’s got Johan scoring those goals, and he has 8 goals in the Premier League in just 14 league games so far this season.
Couple that with the fact that Johan’s contract runs out next summer, and there will be more than a few clubs interested in how the contract negotiations proceed in the next couple of months.
Obviously Owen Coyle will want to sign the Swede for an additional stay at the Reebok, but it could be that Johan himself wants to test the transfer waters.
If Elmander doesn’t agree to a new contract by January, he could well be put on the transfer list, so that Bolton can recuperate some of the fee they paid to Toulouse over two years ago.
Newcastle are said to be interested, but there again we are reported to be interested in almost any player that comes on the market.
But at Newcastle we already have three big physical strikers at the club in Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi and the young Nile Ranger, so we’d be surprised if another big striker was at the top of Chris Hughton’s transfer targets.
What do you think?