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.