There is news in talkSport today that supposed previous Newcastle target, Karim Ziani, has been released by Wolfsburg.
Karim Ziani – contract ended by Wolfsburg
Newcastle were reported to be interested in the creative midfielder last January, but at 28, he may be too old for Newcastle to really be interested.
There is news that Pardew held preliminary talks with Wolfsburg concerning the player in January, but there’s no way to know if that is true.
Ziani was sent out on loan to Turkish side Kayserispor this year, but that deal has now ended and Wolfsburg have now released the 61 times capped Algerian International from his four year contract.
And he has been released rather than his contract coming to an end, because in July of 2009 Ziani signed from Marseilles for around £9M, and had a four-year contract with the then Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg.
Everton and Birmingham were also linked with Ziani in January, and then a transfer fee of £2M was being quoted.
It’s difficult to know whether this player would enhance the Newcastle squad, but we just don’t think this deal will happen, because the player turns 29 next month.
Ziani would like a move to the Premier League, and he started his career at French club Troyes, and has since played for Lorient, Sochaux, Marseilles, Wolfsburg and Kayserispor on loan.
The player appeared only 23 times for the Bundesliga club with no goals, over the last couple of seasons, and he was born in Sèvres, France and has played around 230 first class club games so far in his career, and stands 5’7″ tall.
Ziani played in the World Cup group game against England in South Africa last summer, when Algeria got a surprising 0-0 draw against a listless England side.
We’d be very surprised if there is any truth in this report.
What do you think?