As the season comes to an end this Sunday, expect some free agent deals to be announced.
Johan Elmander – agreement with top Turkish club
And we hope one or two of those will be announced by Newcastle, but one free agent who will not be arriving is Sweden 6’2″ striker Johan Elmander, who turns 30 next week.
An announcement has been made on the Turkish club’s website this morning and has said:
“Galatasaray this morning sent a statement to IMKB (The Turkish stock market) that they agreed with Johan Elmander in principle. We’ll inform the public once the final agreement is signed.”
We don’t know if Alan Pardew was ever interested in signing the player, but his lack of goals this year, after Daniel Sturridge arrived on loan in January from Chelsea, and Elmander was played out on the wing, probably put an end to any Magpies’ interest in the 52 times capped Swedish International.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle was hoping to persuade the Swedish striker to sign a new deal at the Reebok Stadium, but there was always very little chance that would happen.
We still hope Newcastle are interested in another Swedish free agent who’s available this summer, 25 year-old winger Sebastian Larsson, and think he would be an excellent signing for the Tyneside club.