There is some news emanating from Sky Sports, that links Newcastle with a possible move for Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera.
Zoltan Gera – free agent in the summer
The Hungarian International becomes a free agent again in the summer, and is not expected to sign a new contract at the London club.
Gera can play as an attacking midfielder, but is a bit of a utility player too, and can also play on either wing and has played 111 times for Fulham with 17 goals, since joining them in 2008 on a free transfer from West Brom.
Just because Newcastle got a massive £35M from the Andy Carroll deal doesn’t mean the club will not be after some good free agents in the summer, and the club have already been linked with two Swedes – Bolton’s Johan Elmander and Birmingham’s Sebastian Larsson.
Gera is a bit old at 31, and indeed turns 32 next month, but that may not be a barrier to Newcastle when free agents are concerned, since they can be signed for nothing, and could do a job over the next tow or three years at the Tyneside club. The investment is only in their wages.
Gera’s agent Vladan Filipovic had this to say to Origo.hu, which is Gera’s own personal web site:
“I don’t know what is in the background, but Gera’s contract will expire this summer so Fulham can’t get money for him,”
“I can’t confirm which teams are interested, but it’s not a secret that the half of the Premier League want to sign Gera.”
“At the moment it’s not possible to sign Gera. In England it’s not possible to sign a pre-contract before the end of the contract.”
“He could only sign a pre-contract if a team would like to sign him from outside of Great Britain. This may also be a possibility for him.”
This sounds a bit like his agent pumping the player up, so he can get a decent new contract in the summer, but we have to think Zoltan is a bit too old to be a real Newcastle target this summer.
Zoltan has played at Hungarian clubs Pécsi Mecsek and Ferencváros, and in England has played at West Brom and Fulham, and he has 467 first class appearances with 98 goals so far in his career.
In addition Gera has 69 International caps for Hungary with 19 goals.
What do you think?