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?