There are reports in the French press that Newcastle are interested in signing Polish midfielder Ludovic Obraniak, who plays at Lille.
Ludovic Obraniak – cannot get games in Lille side
But with the player being 27 years-old and getting less games at Lille since Joe Cole moved them on loan this season, we doubt if there are any truth in these reports.
The Polish International moved to Lille back in 2007 from FC Metz, and he has played 149 times for the French Champions with 17 goals.
Obraniak was born in Longeville-lès-Metz, France, and although he played for the French U21 side he also qualifies to play for Poland through his grandfather, and he has so far played 19 times for Poland with 4 goals.
The attacking midfielder has seen restricted playing time this season since the arrival at Lille of Joe Cole in the summer, and is concerned about his playing time.
Obviously he wants to make the Poland squad for the European Championship next summer, as Poland are joint hosts of the tournament with the Ukraine, and he is now concerned about his place in the squad.
The reports suggest that Newcastle are keen on the player, and could offer him first-team opportunities at Newcastle, but he will have a hard job getting into Newcastle’s midfield at the moment, which is very strong.
The player spoke to the French Daily L’Equipe today:
“It has been two years since I’ve seen my playing time reduced significantly. Mentally, I’m getting a little tired because it is a pleasure to play football.”
“And then the Euros begin in about six months. I have a little pressure from the Polish coach.”
The fee is said to be in the region of £5M, and we just cannot see Newcastle being interested in a player who turned 27 last month, and cannot make the starting eleven at Lille.
What do you think?