Sky Sports is reporting that Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi is undergoing a medical at Newcastle United, ahead of a move to St James’ Park for the rest of the season.
Shefki Kuqi – having medical at St. James’ Park right now
Newcastle had previously been after free agents Jeremie Aliadiere and Brazilian Ewerthon, but it looks like the experienced Finnish International will join Newcastle on a contract through the end of the season.
The news earlier today is that Ewethon was offered a contract by Newcastle, and Sky Sports had reported earlier today that his British representative Barry McIntosh had told them:
“There has been an offer from Newcastle.” “However, the player is still considering his options – that is all we can say at the moment.”
Newcastle are short of strikers as the club surprisingly lost Carroll to Liverpool on the last day of the January transfer window, and Shola Ameobi is also out with a broken cheekbone, when Murphy’s law kicked in just after Andy had left the club..
It seems that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has plumped for experience, by bringing in the 34 year-old 6’2″ striker, who was born in Yugoslavia and has already played for 14 different club sides in his long career, with Newcastle being the biggest club he will ever play for. 😀
We reported this morning there was news that Newcastle may be after the 34 year-old, who left Swansea by mutual agreement only last month.
The Finnish International has played 62 times for Finland with 7 goals, and has played 512 first class club games with 147 goals for 14 different clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace, Blackburn, Ipswich, Fulham and Swansea.
If the player passes his medical, we assume he will sign a short term contract through the end of the season at Newcastle, and will be included in the squad to play Blackburn on Saturday at Ewood Park.
Shefki will add to Newcastle striking options through the end of the season with Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, 19 year old Nile Ranger, also available and fit at the moment.
Shola Ameobi had an operation on his broken cheekbone yesterday, and the Newcastle Journal reported this morning that he could well be back before the two months that had first been estimated as the time he would be out of action.
However, later today, the Evening Chronicle said he could be out until early April, so we don’t know what to think. It would appear that the Chronicle and Journal reporters do not talk to each other.
We hope the club can give a clarification on how long Shola Ameobi is now expected to be out of action, but it does seem that Shefki is the man to help Newcastle through the end of the season.
And if he signs later today, we wish him the very best of luck.
Howay The Lads!!