Peter Lovenkrands’ contract at Newcastle runs out next summer, and while it seems that Newcastle want to extend his contract, Peter wants to move to a club where he will get more playing time.
Peter Lovenkrands – contract ends next summer
It’s hard to blame Peter for that, and we could even see Newcastle try to sell the Danish International in January, rather than lose him for nothing next summer as a free agent.
Løvenkrands has even told Danish television he is ready to leave the Tyneside club at the end of the season, where he could negotiate a good deal for himself as a free agent.
This is what the 31-year-old told TV.dk:
“I’ve talked to the coach Alan Pardew, and he would like to extend my contract, but I cannot wait for that,”
“In January, I can talk to whomever I want, so my agent is working to find me another club.”
“There are lots of things I’d like, but I’m keeping my cards close to my chest,”
“There have been talks with the club about an extension, but it’s not something that happens before January or next summer, so right now we’re looking for other options.”
Peter has done very well at Newcastle, but is now finding it hard to get into the first team, and he wasn’t even on the bench in the last two league games.
Peter joined Newcastle as a free agent in January of 2009 from FC Schalke, and he has scored 29 goals in 79 appearances for the Magpies, and is a player who is sharp in front of goal and will always score goals.
Peter moved from his first club Akademisk Boldklub to Rangers for £1.3M back in June of 2000, and at the time Newcastle manager Bobby Robson thought he had agreed to join Newcastle.
But he joined Rangers at the last moment, and afterwards said he thought he’d get more playing time in Scotland.
And this is the challenge Newcastle will now have – to keep the players they want to keep – even though those players are no longer starters in the first team – it’s called building a very strong squad.
Peter has been a very good player for Newcastle, and he is first rate professional and a good guy, and he’s got the job done for Newcastle, and helped the club get out of the Championship at the first time of asking, when he scored 16 goals in 32 appearances in that promotion season.
It’s hard to criticize a player who wants to move so he can play more games, which is what they get paid for, after all.
Peter could probably get a two year extension at Newcastle, but his chances of getting much playing time over that period, do not look very good.
With the news today that Newcastle may be interested in Moussa Sow of Lille, it could even be that Newcastle will bring in two strikers in January if they are willing to allow Peter to leave for a fee in the January transfer window.
Newcastle are expected to sign Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga in early January for aground £6M.
What do you think?