Alan Pardew has bolstered his attacking options at Newcastle, with the signing of free agent Shefki Kuqi, and the Newcastle club have now officially announced the deal on their web-site.
Shefki Kuqi – honest hard working striker
Alan Pardew talked about the signing of the 6’2″ Finn, and this is what Alan said today:
“We needed another option up-front, because we’re a little light there due to the temporary loss of Shola, and Shefki will provide us with something different.”
“He’s match fit and knows the English game well having been in the country for the best part of ten years. He is ready straight away and that’s what we wanted.”
“Shefki is a good, honest pro who will give us a strong physical presence from the bench.”
Newcastle are short of strikers as the club surprisingly lost local lad Andy Carroll to Liverpool, on the very last day of the January transfer window, and Shola Ameobi is also out with a broken cheekbone for maybe up to two months, although club officials are hoping it will be a lot less than that.
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.