Newcastle Linked With Swedish-Born Croation Striker


Sky Sports is reporting that Swedish club Joenkoeping Soedra have told them that Newcastle and Valencia have not yet made approaches for their star striker Branimir Hrgota.

19 year-old Branimir Hrgota in action for Swedish U19 side

But it does seem that Newcastle scouts have been seen at the game watching the player, who was born in Sweden, and only turned 19 in January.

This is the first time Newcastle have been linked in any way with this player, who stands 6′ 1″ tall,  and has scored 21 goals in 31 appearances for his club.

Joenkoeping Soedra play in the Swedish Second Division and are based in Jönköping, and this season he has scored 3 goals in the four games played so far this season.

Hrgota scored 18 goals in 27 starts last season, and Newcastle are thought to have attended some of Joenkoeping matches recently.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Joenkoeping Sporting Director and head coach Hans Lindbom said the following:

“A lot of clubs have been to Sweden to see him.”    “He is a natural goalscorer, but not only that he reads the game well,” 

“And for his age, I think he is one of the best I have seen.”   “I hope he stays, but as a club we would have to consider any reasonable offer.”

“I would like him to stay in Sweden, but when you see some of the clubs looking at him it is hard to say no.”

“No clubs y have approached at the moment, whether they have been watching him I cannot say.”

It’s a good bet that Newcastle have watched this lad lately to check him out, and if he is good enough for Newcastle, it could be the youngster is even signed in the summer, but he will be one for the future on Tyneside.

Sky Sports is reporting that  Ajax, Heerenveen,  Bayer Leverkusen and Grasshoppers in Zurich, are also watching the left-footed player, who has played 8 times with 3 goals for the Swedish U19 side.

We’ll keep an eye on this lad.

Comments welcome.



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50 comments so far

  • Londtoon

    May 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    I saw this on the SSN website. The boy has some record however I would ask why he has only appeared 4 times this season?

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Because the swedish season starts in april…

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  • SwedishMagpie

    May 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    never heard of him lol

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  • Londtoon

    May 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Touche.. sign him up.

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  • keeganjr

    May 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Because They have only played 7 games???

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ve been linked with alot of tosh from northern europe…Huseklepp and i seem to remeber someone called Kalouda that everyone was saying sign them up, so we have to be careful.

    But cant really go wrong at 19 can you really, for the price we would pay.

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  • lewytoon

    May 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    chelsea might mess up lukaku, buying him for that much and never playing him

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    he has to be the oldest looking 19 year old I have ever seen.

    A cross between the Dark Night (Christian Bale) and Dietmar Hamann!!!!!

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  • lewytoon

    May 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    i thought obertan was faster than simpson

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  • Teamstoof

    May 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    First of all, this is not the swedish PL, its the second division.
    But the lad is good. I have seen him play, maybe something for the future, but never for our first team

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    If Ba leaves we should replace him with a non african striker preferably Luuk De Jong then atleast we’ll have 1 of our starting strikers when Cisse jets off to the ACON

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  • swemag

    May 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    The guy plays for me hometown club, don’t live there anymore and don’t follow it, sounds fantastic though.
    One note, they do not play in the highest league, they play in what would be the Championship. Still a good league for a player that age. Same level that Ibrahimovich made his first moves.

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  • eric

    May 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone who believes in omens the last time Man city won the league their last away match was against NUFC in 1968 Man city won 4-3 the attendance was 46,492

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  • swemag

    May 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Listening to him he sounds like a nice guy, no diva, the right kind of player for Newcastle. His record at that age speaks for itself. The kind of player that you get one every 5 years coming through in Sweden.
    Get him and loan him out to Jonkoping until the end of the Swedish season and then have him come over to toon.

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Wow this season has been immense.

    A win on sunday would be the cherry on the cake.

    Reading Capello wants to return to prem management. Don’t think any contending team will take him on based on his England saga. But they should, he definitely has the chops.

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    eric – the coincidence doesn’t end there. I was at that game, and a great game it was too, and on the same day the mackems beat Man Utd, hence City won the title, and we all know who the Mackems play next week. There could be a few twists yet!

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  • SBergenwall

    May 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I made a screenshoot from Football Manager 12, Seems decent. And since I’m Swedish I hope he’s good and we sign him 😉

    http://i47.tinypic.com/aayu.png

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    @ 15 – if Chelsea don’t qualify for the Champions League, I wouldn’t be surprised if they took a punt on Capello.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    SBergenwall….have you been reading Dennis Wise’s new book “Best Scouting Methods”?

    If Carr and co. think he looks the part then I am happy, not sure you can base too much of FM12 🙂

    Eric….I do expect there to be a fair few goals on Sunday….just hope it swings Newcastle’s way.

    Jimmy…Must have been some game. Are you attending this weekend?

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  • SBergenwall

    May 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #20

    @19 of course not, haha, I just thought it would be interessting for people to see since I was playing FM anyways 😉 I just hope he’s good and that we sign him if he is 😉

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Exactly what we need to be doing, cutting out the middleman ( Eredivisie, Ligue 1 etc), so that we can nurture them ourselves and don’t end up having to pay 7/8m to the likes of Ajax, PSV etc, because you can bet if we don’t follow this up, the next we’ll hear about him he’ll be scoring for fun at a team like that in a year or two.

    We could always get him, then loan him out to a Dutch team too, like Man City have with Guidetti.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    @20…Fair enough. It is on that basis i’d like to see Luuk de Jong arrive….he’s knocking them in for me on Fifa 12 🙂

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Codarm – yes I am. It was a terrific game in 1968, two attacking sides who both went for it, perhaps we’ll see that again on Sunday. They are top class going forward when in form, and so are we, but I confess that i would rather have their defence, but we shall see. I can still see twists, because I don’t think Man Utd are playing well enough to take 6 points from Swansea and you know who. Same with 4th place, as Spurs aren’t nailed on to get maximum from Villa and Fulham, so very interesting, just as we like it! HTL!!

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  • Beattie25

    May 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #24

    I think this video regarding Cisse is as relevant as ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcGAUPxnX4o

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Jimmy…Well i hope it lives up to the building excitement, It certainly should do. You would prefer Man City’s defence? We have Collo, Perchinho and Santon! lol.Not sure I want a repeat of ’68….much happier with a 3-0 win…funny that 🙂

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Codarm – 3-0 will do nicely!

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  • eric

    May 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27

    16 jimmymagpie thats a strange coincidence it will be interesting to see if history repeats itself.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t play them anymore, haven’t for a few years, but the Football Manager series is actually quite accurate when it comes to players attributes, you’d be surprised the lengths they go to in making the game, employing their own fleet of scouts. On a many occasions a completely unknown player has emerged on the game a few seasons in and I’ve thought: “Pfft, who’s this no-mark storming the football world?” Only for them to replicate precisely that in real life, a few years down the line! 🙂

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  • menzeuk

    May 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry lads i know its a bit off topic, just seen extended highlights of the chelsea game and saw the tiote incident, anyone else feel the FA should look into it? elbow to the face in the air and from what ive seen the chelsea player looked towards tiote (not the ball) before they’d both got back to the ground, im 99% sure if it was cabaye or tiote that did it to another player sky sports would be calling for their heads….

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Just heard something quite…strange.

    Ched Evans makes league 1 PFA team of the year and then gets sent down for Rape.

    Pardew got criticised on the BBC MOTD when he said Essien raped Ched Evans (as in tough tackled).

    Anyone else see irony in this?

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  • check the toastie

    May 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Personally think Mancini might bottle it a little bit sunday and may go a little bit more defensive than normal, we might see Milner or De Jong partnering barry in CM with Yaya pushed on, Think he might drop tevez, but we shall see, hope he shows us to much respect, as if he plays both aguerro and tevez we could be in trouble.

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  • Beattie25

    May 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Wow what a slow moving day

    Calm before the storm.

    My predictions…

    6 pts = 3rd place
    4 pts = Joint 4th (Meaning a 5th place finish)

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  • IrishToon009

    May 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Cannot wait for Sunday!!
    First match to attend this year, and my did I pick one!
    Also my brother ain’t going, and any time I’ve been in toon without him we have won! Boro 3-1 relegation season, scum 5-1, great omen!

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    May 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Lawro:

    “I really thought that Chelsea would beat Newcastle in midweek, but the reason they didn’t was because of those two stunning goals by Papiss Demba Cisse”

    That would’ve been a draw Lawro – you have to score to win in football.. The team played magnificently. Your predos are useless and you’re a tool.

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  • toonincheek

    May 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Kets –
    There is a link to Lawro’s predictions, showing the table as Lawro predicted and actual.
    His predictions for us are worse than for anyone else.

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  • toonincheek

    May 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #36
  • JAMSHA

    May 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #37

    watchn chelshit vs newcastle… n we are 1-0 up 😮 bit nervous hope we score 1 more

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  • JAMSHA

    May 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #38

    omfg cisseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee wata goal 2-0 😐

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #39

    jamsha – 🙂

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  • bills-son

    May 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Lee Dodd @ 16 – No, Ashley hasn’t just signed a striker, he’s brought in a scouting plan that has brought in Tiote, Cabaye, HBA, Santon, Abeid, Marveaux, Obertan, Ba and Cisse for £5M LESS than what he stuffed LFool for Carroll.

    He’s also signed a manager who is streets ahead of Hughton (as decent as he was) and he has stamped his professional business strategy into the whole club from the tea lady upwards.

    Regular readers of this blog know that I have been saying for over a year that Ashley is the best owner of NUFC in my 50 years as a supporter. Every decision over the past 2 years – apart from renaming the ground – that Ashley was slagged off mercilessly for at the time has been proved to be the correct decision.

    Its great to see that the majority of fans on this blog have big enough balls to stand up and give Ashley credit for the fantastic job that he has done in making our club serious Champs Lge challengers and – just as good – no longer the Geordie whipping boys for the southern tabloid press.

    What I really, really, admire about Ashley is that he has never gone bleating to the press about how the fans don’t understand him, don’t appreciate him, how much money he has put into the club etc. Many owners would have done that and the tabloids would have loved it.. Ashley has just let the team and Pardew do the talking and never once criticised the fans despite the horrific personal abuse he taken.

    That is the sign of a class bloke. A top class bloke.

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