There’s a report this morning that former Newcastle target, Norwegian international left back come winger, John Arne Riise, is again interesting the Newcastle club.
John Arne Riise – in action for Roma
First of all we have no idea if this report is true, and Newcastle will be linked with lots and lots of players this summer, so take most of these reports with a (large) pinch of salt.
It certainly seems that Newcastle are looking at a number of left-backs, in case Jose Enrique elects to go to pastures anew over the summer, which we now think that has more than a good chance of happening – but maybe not.
The news on Riise comes in a report in Corriere dello Sport today.
Of course the now 30 year-old Riise, who stands 6’1″ tall, was at Liverpool from 2001 through 2008, and has stacks of experience in England’s Premier League, before he joined Italian club Roma in the summer of 2008.
The Norwegian’s four year contract runs out a year come June, so if he moved in the summer, he would not cost very much, and he would be a fairly decent replacement for Enrique for a couple of seasons.
However, he certainly doesn’t fit the profile of players Newcastle want to sign – usually 26 years old or younger – unless they can get a decent deal for him from the Italian side.
Riise started his career at Norwegian club Aalesund, before joining Monaco in 1998, and in 510 first class club games he has scored 50 goals, and has represented Norway 92 times with 13 goals.
We’d be surprised if Riise arrives at Newcastle in the summer, because he wouldn’t be a good long term investment, and more like a stop gap, but let us know what you think.