Newcastle Reported After Algerian Midfield Star

News today in the Newcastle Journal, that Newcastle may be interested in Algerian World Cup star Karim Ziani.

Karim Ziani – creative midfield player

Newcastle are even said to be leading the chase for the 28 year-old Algeria World Cup creative midfielder, who is understood to be allowed to leave German club Wolfsburg, where Steve McClaren is manager.

Everton and Birmingham have also been linked with Ziani, and the transfer fee of £2M is well withing the limits that Newcastle can afford in January.

But it’s difficult to say whether this player would enhance the squad, although he is very skilled with lots of creativity and can play in a number of different positions, including on the wing.

Monaco and Stuttgart are also interested in the two-time former Algerian Player of the Year, who has played 60 times with two goals for his country.

Ziani would like a move to the Premier league, and if the news reports are to be believed it seems that Newcastle are in the driver’s seat for this player.

Ziani started his career at French club Troyes,  and has since played for Lorient, Sochaux, Marseilles and Wolfsburg.

The player signed for Wolfsburg from Marseilles in July of 2009, and the fee was around £8M, and he has played 23 times for the Bundesliga club with no goals,  over the last season and a half.

That’s a huge decrease in his transfer value over a short 18 months, and you have to think he has not played well in Germany.

The player was born in Sèvres, France ans has played around 230 first class club games so far in his career, and stands 5’7″ tall.

Ziani played in the World Cup game against England in South Africa last summer, when Algeria got a surprising 0-0 draw.

Comments always welcome.

17 comments so far

  • AussieToon

    Jan 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Difficult to see where this guy would improve us? 2 million is an absolute steal. Very creative player. We don’t have many of these types.

  • alex84

    Jan 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    him and benny on the wings would be very good!
    and for 2mill, very good!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    2 million to me sounds like a bargain when this article mentions that he is 2 time Algerian player of the year, but I still believe we could grab the likes of Yannick Djalo who is still quite young.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed – you say

    But it’s difficult to say whether this player would enhance the squad, although he is very skilled with lots of creativity and can play in a number of different positions, including on the wing.

    As AUSSIE says we are absoulutely crying out for creativity. We are the most one dimensional long ball team in the league, worse than Stoke and a previously led Allardyce blackurn.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Retonda heights

    You are correct mate, we have absolutely f..k all on the wings. Jonas is horrendous in the last third and Routledge is simply CC standard. We are crying out for width its unreal. I have a feeling Pardew is going to push HBA into an attacking midfield role so a few wide men would not go a miss in this window. Why not have a go at trying to persuade Spurs to part with Bentley, would be a good start and this kid Ziani would give us plenty of options in wide positions.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6


    couldn’t agree more.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Just heard that Getafe winger Juan Albin would be available for around 4-5 million which is an absolute bargain for him. We should also start our search for a left back as Enrique seems to be all on his own as Pardew won’t give young Ferguson a game!

  • AussieToon

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda Heights – Us Aussies do know a thing or two about football…….won’t talk about the cricket lol but we are mental over football and I am passionate as anyone over Newcastle United.

    What you say is correct though. We are suffering from a lack of creativity in our team, and the players who are creative are limited in this league. Jonas and Routledge are not up to it in my opinion.

    Ben Arfa would help no end, but we wont see him at his best this season, and by then it could be too late. We need to invest smartly in January.

    Ziani would help us definitely, and for 2 million, we just cannot ignore him. I still have hopes to sign Gradel despite what Leeds manager says, and getting a striker or two that plays differently to Andy, like Robbie Keane would help.

    This will be an interesting January Transfer window thats for sure.

  • nuttyward

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    while we are busy talking these players will be getting snapped up by other teams who have money to spend and we are not one of those unfortunatley.
    i personaly would put a cheaky bid in for tarabat of QPR watched this guy a few times and hes also settled in the uk wouldnt cost more than 1.5 mil IMO.
    i would have emre back aswell who is also available dont know the cost

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    sorry but why on earth would qpr sell they best player for 1.5million..your forgetting they one of the richest clubs in the world and when they lookin for promotion they is no way it will happen especially for as little as that talkin closer to 5million if they would even consider it he has 11 goals this season frm midfield not guna let tht go cheap..although i would love to have him here.. also wouldnt mind loaning bentley as harry didnt rule him out of a loan jus keane..a say we get Keane(3mil) Bentley(loan with view to 5mil perm) Van Aanholt(2mil) Max gradel(500k plus Best) and maybe even Kranjcar(loan with view to 2mil perm) sell Jonas(5mil) best(part of deal) Xisco(2mil) Guthrie(2mil)

  • nuttyward

    Jan 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    just a little hungover i guess german just thought QPR might feel the way i do today

  • Solaidback

    Jan 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    GT89 – Yes QPR do have very rich owners but thats not been transfered to the team in their spending, they actually sell off some of their player cheap, I mean, we got Routy of them & he was their best player last season, so because they have 2 billioniares owners, doesn’t mean they won’t take money if they can…. same as ours i’ll bet.. lol 😉

  • Solaidback

    Jan 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Plus, there’s no way Chelski will sell PVA for £2m & we’ll not get £2m for Xisco or Gutherie either… lol and I wouldn’t pay £5m for Bentley who’s hardly played since his move to the Spurts!!! nice load of speculation thier fella.. lol

  • Ghali

    Jan 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Am Arabic am and i know almost all the players with Arabic origins..this guy will be great to the team really creative and know where to put the ball.he will make a great understanding with Hatem in case he sings..i saw playing a lot of times and i highly recommend him,hope he signs

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Question is, if he’s to play on the wing, which one of our mid fielders will we drop to the bench? Barton, Tiote, Nolan or Jonas. Probably Jonas, i can see him departing from Newcastle as he just can’t find any form.

  • chuck

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Cost 8 m. played 23 games in the last season & a half, without scoring, hmmmm !
    Nah dont think so, even for a quarter of his last price, obviously there`s a problem there.

    Why not put in a bid for Larrson, gonna be a freeby at the end of the season (maybe we already have an agreement) or Kranjcar , who wants outta Spurs, both known EPL standard and tick all the boxes.

    If Sol wants out, could be a good move to bring in Dunne, who has fallen down the pecking order with Houllier (moron) and could be a bargain, solid CD to have and we need someone with his quality.
    On saying that, if it`s creativity in an attacking midfielder, then there`s no one better than his team mate Ireland, though it`s thought he fancies Liverpool or Everton and would`nt come cheap.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Chuck – My thoughts exactly 🙂


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