Newcastle Link With Algerian Playmaker Unlikely To Be True


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?

Comments welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • roadfighter

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    No thanks…. 🙂

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  • roadfighter

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    1st !!!

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  • P.I.

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Saying as he’s free it’ll mean we’ve got to use most of what’s left of the 35m to land him… You know what those agent fees are like!

    The fact that he’s almost 29 wont matter if he’s a free.

    Him and Upson both in before the transfer window shuts. Enrique and Barton going the other way for a combined £10m

    Another lovely profit this window.

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  • Burni

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Midfielder?…… Ffs nein danke! Strikers please!

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    roadfighter grow up! why do people write ” 1st ” , its luk being at skool!!

    another midfielder?? no thankyou

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  • roadfighter

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    @ ross – cut me some slack. its my first 1st … !! 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Ehrm, no. Like Larsson, we’re aiming higher these days…

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    go on then al let u off 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    P.I@ – are you just determined to be miserable?

    Hopefully we won’t be getting him, I posted his stats for the last 4 years the other day and it was something like 70 appearances – 4 goals – 5 assists.

    Worse than routledge that.

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    anything more on nzog?? thats went quiet!! is pardue actually luking 4 any more players? wot does he actually do every day? he shud be putin bids in 4 strikers

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    stu thats a bad record like , defo hope we dont get him now

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    @ P.I. // Jul 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    I don’t see the point about making profit being a bad thing. It means we have more to spend at a later stage, both in this window and the next.

    Mind you, if we spent the £35 mill this summer, we would have to sell to get more in in January, so setting some aside is only logical.
    And we’re still in for Erdinc at £7 mill, we were in for Gervinho and Gamerio, but lost both. Pardew has confirmed all those 3 over the summer. There were quite a few quid involved in those deals. But people seem to forget that…

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    2 yr contract as backup?

    Maybe pave the way for Guthrie’s exit to Brum?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Ross, of course hes looking for players.

    Do you want him to drop you continual texts to keep you updated? haha.

    All our dealings are done extremely quietly now, we’ll find out who we’re looking at once they’ve signed.

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    dannyo we stil in for erding like? thought he said he didnt wna come or are we just stalking him?

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    stu – yes , a txt everytime he has a thought 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    @ ross armstrong // Jul 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Aye, Pardew said so in his latest interview, heres the link:
    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2011/07/13/alan-pardew-insists-newcastle-united-still-want-star-striker-61634-29042741/?

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  • davo

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    No thankyou. He must’ve got released for a reason and we’ve already got shedloads of midfielders.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    @ross – I think with erdinc, now that PSG are rich they’ll probably sign one or two more strikers this summer, leaving erdinc further down in the pecking order so may eventually move.

    I wouldnt expect much movement til nearer the end of the window with him though.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20

    @ ross armstrong // Jul 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Yarp, it’s in the Journal Live today, Pardew did a small interview.

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    stu u think we will have a striker in b4 america?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    I really hope so like ross. When do we leave again? Is it monday or friday next week?

    I’m hoping if this big announcement on friday is really happening that its to announce a new striker like.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    @21

    I thought the squad left this weekend

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  • Stuart

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    really richy? I’m not really sure when they leave like, just monday and friday stuck in my head for some reason lol.

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  • headtheball

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25

    P.I.

    Nice one.Some on here wouldn’t recognise humour if it bit them on the bum.

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  • Davies

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    I think the headline pretty much sums up the rumour. We’re going to be linked with a lot of players that are free, simply because they are free.

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  • NUFC_Neal

    Jul 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Squad leaves on Sunday for USA

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