Some exciting news in The Sun today - if it’s true - Newcastle are after Dimitar Berbatov.
Dimitar Berbatov - Newcastle after this player
The 30 year-old Bulgarian striker wants to leave Manchester United after being left out of the Manchester United squad for the Champions League final against Barcelona last Saturday – and for Michael Owen, of all people.
And the news is that Newcastle are only too willing to meet the Red Devils £7.5M valuation of the former Bulgarian captain.
Newcastle need to fill the striker position at Newcastle left vacant after Andy Carroll left in January for Liverpool, and probably will bring in a couple of strikers this summer,
But there’s no doubt that Berbatov would be a huge signing for the Magpies - and he could also immediately wear the Newcastle number 9 shirt too.
One question is whether the club afford the Bulgarian’s wages, which will be very high – that’s one good question.
But how Alex Ferguson could leave out Berbatov, when he won the golden boot this season in the Premier League along with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez is amazing – both players hit 20 league goals.
Dimitar did attend the Manchester United victory parade through Manchester yesterday to celebrate the famous club’s 19th league title.
Berbatov also equaled one of Alan Shearer’s records of 5 goals in a Premier League match when he hit 5 against Blackburn last season, and was the 4th player to ever achieve that feat.
Berbatov cost United £30.75M in September of 2008 from Spurs, and Newcastle’s legendary striker, Alan Shearer, was his idol when he was growing up in Bulgaria, and he will know all about the passion that exists on Tyneside.
The 6’3″ striker played 128 times for the Red Devils and scored 48 goals and while at Tottenham hit 46 goals in 102 appearances.
Before moving to Tottenham in 2006 he was at Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia from 1998, and moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.
In his club career of 490 games he has scored 295 goals and in 77 appearances for Bulgaria has scored 48 goals.
He has had a fantastic goal scoring record throughout his career at the very highest level.
Getting Berbatov for about one fifth of what Newcastle received for Andy Carroll would be terrific business by the Tyneside club!
And while Newcastle’s policy is not usually to bring in older players to Tyneside thse days, getting a world class striker for a measly 7.5M may be just too good to resist and Newcatsle fans would no doubt welcome the Bulgarian to the club.
We half expect Alan Shearer could even be used to persuade the top striker to come to Newcastle - if the club can afford his wages.
And Newcastle may be helped in this deal by Alan Pardew being good friends with Manchester United’s legendary manager, Alex Ferguson, who failed to sign Berbatov’s idol Alan Shearer, on at least a couple of occasions.
Here’s just one of the many YouTube videos out there highlighting some of his tremendous goals.
What do you think?