Newcastle May Be Interested In Kranjcar – But Not At £6M


There is news coming through that Newcastle may have switched their attention to Spurs’ midfielder, Niko Kranjcar

Niko Krancjar – Newcastle reported to be interested

Whether this is just a made-up story we don’t know, but between the three players available at Tottenham – Robbie Keane, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar, the Croatian could be best suited to Newcastle.

That’s because Robbie is getting on and his best years are behind him, and as for Bentley who would sign a player who wants a guaranteed place in the side?   Birmingham is the answer.

Niko is a class player with plenty of skills,  and could be used in many different positions on Tyneside.

And it’s very clear that Niko has no future at Spurs, and we don’t know if a move to Tyneside would appeal to the 61 times Croatian International (15 goals).

Krancjar is still only 26, and still has a lot of good football in front of him, but the fee is a little bit troubling, because it seems high.

In late August of 2006, Kranjcar moved from Croatian club HNK Hajduk Split for a £3.5M fee to Portsmouth, then in the Premier League.

And then 17 months ago, Niko moved from Portsmouth to Spurs in September of 2009, for an undisclosed fee that was reported to be between £1M and £2M.

But the asking price now for this player is said to be £6M?

In the last 17 months, Niko had hardly got a look-in at the London club and his transfer price has almost tripled – how come?

Niko has appeared 28 times for Spurs with 6 goals in that time, and would certainly be a very good acquisition for Newcastle,  but we cannot see the Tyneside club paying such an exorbitant fee for the player.

Maybe the best bet for the Magpies is to get the player on loan through the end of the season, and then see how he performs,  and then decide whether to sign him full time in the summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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146 comments so far

  • nightfa11

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #1

    not too sure about him..he can be a good player, but he’s also inconsistent..

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #2

    would be nice to see him sign, 6m is a little steep, maybe 4m would be fair, still think Lallana or Ziani will sign though

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  • SwedEric

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Me myself would love to get him here! A player I have liked for a long while.

    I can´t understand why he doesn´t get a game at spurs, last year when he had a round out in the team he proved just how great he can be.

    6M is maybe a bit much, but on loan, and if he plays as good as I think he would he would def be worth around 5M pund in the summer.

    Good age, great person, good player. Sensitive foot, I hope we go for it!

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  • umermaliknz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    poor research ED. He left popmey for such a low fee because he was in the last few months of his contract..hence spurs are asking for 6m now. he’s worth around 5 i reckon. Hope we get ziani tho. he’s a much more creative player.

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  • carrol39

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Strong rumours going around that swp in toon 2nite off some guy on twitter called nufcfans go on twitter and type his name in there a link to swp agent saying we are a option and when askd if he was in toon 2nite said i cnt comment on that.v intresting

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  • ToonOz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    This is what I posted earlier:

    I have been chewing everyone’s ear off about signing Niko Kranjcar, I hope we sign him.

    He will help promote a better brand of football we play, he is not the type of player to lob the ball up field and hope for the best. Very composed, bullet of a shot, and a very creative player.

    Been a little disturbed by a few of our performances this season, lofted hopefull balls into the box. Damn – start playing some football

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  • mr.zaktoon- sweden

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #7

    SwedEric; Var i Sverige kommer du ifrån? 😀

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    like it matters to us whether it’s 6m we pay or 2m. it doesnt matter and we never come into the picture anyway.

    reason he hasn’t gotten playing time: Harry’s got too many other toys to try out, simple as. Niko is without a doubt a class player who could improve us if given the time to settle in. He’s certainly better than all of our midfield bar Tiote and Barton.

    The only explanation for him potentially becoming a failure here would be down to man-management. people can argue over bentley, larsson, but there’s no debate, simple as, when it comes to Niko’s quality

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  • hebburntoon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t see anyone coming in.
    Mike Ashley was at Aspers Casino Wednesday night with Alan Pardew and lost 1.4 million pounds on a card game

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  • Thump

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #10

    £6m for Modric maybe.

    £3-4m for Niko imo

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #11

    no way at 6 mil, hasnt kicked a ball hardly since moving from portsmouth for 2 mil. no way he has played his tranfer fee to 6 mil. loan with a look to buy the only way we should get this lad. at 6 mil we could prob get clint dempsey which would be a better move by a mile. dempsey is versatile and 10 times the player this lad is plus he is prem league proven

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  • baro

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I would love for us to sign Nike Krancjar! He is a terrific play-maker. Would fit into our team perfectly either on the wings or just under Carroll. He is worth the punt but not 6 million. Every team he joined so far its been under 3-4 million. I would take him anyday.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d have him in the blink of an eye for 6 mill, prices are inflated remember – Milner to Man C was HOW MUCH. Kranjcar a better player in my opinion.

    Trouble is he tends to play on the left, which already has Arfa earmarked, a left sided player would be better although he could prob do a job there.

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  • baro

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #14

    hebburntoon

    And how da hell do you know that?

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  • roe997

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #15

    wouldnt mind him in black and white,could see him doing a job for us,4m max

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  • baro

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Carroll::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Ben Arfa::::::::::::::::::Krancjar::::::::::::::::::::Barton

    :::::::::::::::::::::::Tiote::::::::::::::Nolan::::::::::::::::::::::

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #17

    They need to offload players and Harry always asks for top price for his players. We know he is a good player but I guess it all depends what he is worth to us. I dont see us paying more than 5 mill for many players these days and with Ben Arfa being signed permanent and Gosling coming back Ashley has every excuse to say he Alan has two good midfielders in the team for the first time. I think in this respect he could be right. Lets give Gosling and Hatem a chance to shine and make their mark. A new striker and getting rid of smith and a few others may help. I had a dream last night that Xisco scored against Sunderland too. Pretty random as I cant imagine he’ll even be on the bench….but if he is keep an eye out. It was a scorcher haha

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #18

    folks wanna shell out 5m on el arabi who i know 99% of us haven’t even seen other than on youtube, and people are complaining about a proven PL player costing 6m! Have people gone mad?? stop playing fantasy. this is the real world, where 6 million is really 6 million and unfortunately that’s what you’ve gotta pay nowadays as it looks like we’re not all too set on our youth policy as we should be snapping up guys on a month-to-month basis, which we haven’t done since Wise left. get real

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  • 41 years of pain

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Still reckon we need cover at full backs and defensive midfield player, with Gosling just about and Ben Arfa soon to be fit I’m not sure if we need another creative midfielder as a prioirty. The loss of Tiote for the next three games is a huge loss an injury/suspension to either Enrique or Simpson would cause us more problems. Lack of full backs has been one of our problems for the last three years.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #20

    for all the absurdity attributed to ashley’s regime, i sure am glad some of you guys don’t make any decisions for the club! 🙂

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  • al

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #21

    6mil is a good price for a proven perm player who really can play, spurs hasn’t used him much but he’s still played well wen they have, he’s a lad who gives his all for any team e plays for like the lesser pompy. Wen e signed for 2 mil it wasn’t cos that was his value.. Even spurs fans were shocked at how cheap they got and rumours were rife that it was ‘arrys dodger dealing again cos he was worth so much more.

    In this Market a steal at 6m I think jus some of u’s mags are feelin he isnt worth more than HBA which is true, but we got a proper steal with bennys price!

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  • al

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Us mags** mobile typing nightmare up there like haha

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #23

    mattynufc,

    are validating 6 mil for this lad or are you against it i cant tell mate. 6 mil is the going rate these days for a prem league proven player but wouldnt you rather get a guy who actually plays in the prem league for 6 mil, or some spuds trash for 6 mil. If this lad cant get a game at spuds, how can he get in our crowded midfield….hba,jonas, gosling,barton,tiote,nolan thats 6 players on our squad that are better then him, and if the real guthrie ever shows up its 7. Plus we got young vuckic who needs games and this will push him further down the pecking order when if he could get games he could be twice the player kranjcar is…,..

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  • Oba

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    WANT.

    At the end of the day, without Bale/VdV/Modric in their team he would be a mainstay of the side. Creative, intelligent, experienced at this level, can play on the wing/center.

    £6m is probably a bit steep for a backup player at Spurs but if we have the resources it would be a good signing. He’s the type of player that we don’t have right now.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #25

    41 years of pain,

    couldnt agree with you more, why are we chasing midfielders when we have 7 or so good midfielders not counting routledge, fergy, or vuckic. We are in deep shite if simp or enrique goes down cuz perch is not a solution. He would get us beat all by himself playing on the left or fight back…..gotta at least get one versatile experienced fullback who can do a job in a pinch…right now we dont have that

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Basically spurs and man city are becoming holding pens for football players, they try and snap up as many decent players as possible and then govern who and where they send them when they get bored of them…. I can’t stand floppy chops redknapp and I hate what man city are doing, that said i wouldn’t be complaining if it was us with the money and the players!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Evening lads, anything real happening?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Does anyone know what Arry’s on 6 million for Niko Kranjcar? Must be taking something.

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  • Darling27

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Spurs are unbelievable!!!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    that craig coozy who posted on the other story….dont think he is real. Craig coozy makes spelling errors on his posts everybody who has been here on ed’s blog for a year knows that but he doesnt make that many errors, plus he never talks to players like this mackem imposter claims. He only knows when players come in for talks cuz nufc puts em up in the hotel he works at. Just letting you lads know, plus no way joey barton will be sold…he is the heart and soul of this club right now and if he goes it could be the last straw for me…(ok, prob not cuz im toon army til i die, but it would cross my mind) we need to put pen to paper on a 5 1/2 year deal for joey immediately. Lads we would be in the bottom 3 if joey wasnt here this season. I dont care how much it cost, 80 a week if need be. The 40 k a week cap is a good rule but you always have exceptions, and players like carroll, barton, enrique, and colo have earned the right to be an exception….tiote is working on it as well as kev nolan

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  • roe997

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31

    1.4mil in a card game?wheres info frm.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Geordiegerman,

    long time no see, im fianlly retired from the army mate. Got my last surgery(hopefully) done on my shoulder last month and im enjoying the good life catching up on lost time with my wife and kids…hope your doing good mate

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    geordiegerman,

    Some lads came on earlier saying they had “sources” we were gonna sign an algerian lad within the next 48 hours, cant remember his name, and now ed is saying he heard kranjcar from spurs for an inflated 6 mil

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m sure of Ashley had lost 1.4mil in a card game the story would be in at least 1 of the crappy tabloids with the head line “fat C Ashley does it again”

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  • Flop

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Think he’s a really good player didn’t realise he’s 26. I’d perfer him to Larsson tbh

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #36

    geordiegerman,

    read my comment #30, then go to the sol cambell story on here and look at the “craig coozy” comments. You’ve been on here a long time so you know craig coozy as well if not better then i tell me what you think, me and baro dont think its him

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Sgt. Heagerty, I’m ok. lost my job the same day as CH, don’t know what upset me more. Me or Chris. Anyway I’ve got a few pokers on the fire, so maybe something will happen soon.

    Congrats on your retirement. Moving to Newcastle now? If it wasn’t for my son I’d be there now. Really miss the Toon.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Lou9brasil,

    ya, whats that rag that ashley banned from nufc for writing shite stories, surely they would have blasted him for some payback by printing the story

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  • 41 years of pain

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #39

    We seem to have forgotten about what happended during that unmentionable season when Duff and Insomnia ended up as full backs. No matter how much you want attacking play if you leak goals you will lose, I cannot believe we were looking at the likes of Larsson, Kranjcar and Bentley who would not improve on what we already have especially when everyone is fit. We need to strengthen defensively.

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #40

    The guy on the other blog isn’t craig coozy too many spelling mistakes why would gosling tell some random guy about the goings on at the club.. No way!!

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