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.
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