News today that Newcastle are interested in Dutch International winger Eljero Elia.
Eljero Elia – currently at Juventus
The 25 year-old 5’10” wringer only moved to Juventus last summer from Hamburg, but he has played only 3 times for the Italian club, and wants a move.
Eljero has made no secret of his desire to leave Turin, and the news is that Alan Pardew is at the head of the queue to take him to Tyneside.
The Newcastle team has surged back to the top this season, and are currently 5th top of the Premier League, above both Chelsea and Liverpool, and they have a chance to finish 3rd for the first time since Bobby Robson was the manager back in 2003.
Elia scored on his debut for the Dutch national team back in September of 2009, against Japan in a friendly match, when he came on at half-time replacing Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben.
And the skilfull winger was part of the Dutch squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when they reached the final before being beaten by Spain 1-0, after extra time.
He cost Juventus €9M when he signed for them last August 31st, the last day of the summer transfer window, and that seems a lot of money for Newcastle to pay – in today’s conversion rates that’s around £7.2M, but maybe Newcastle could get a better deal than that on the player.
Elia started his career in Holland at ADO Den Haag, before moving to FC Twente in 2007, where he really came to prominence, and then he moved to Hamburg in 2009 for around £6.5M, before joining Juventus last summer, and he was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2009.
He played 59 times for Den Haag with 6 goals and 3 assists and was at Twente for two seasons, where he played 73 times with 15 goals and 6 assists.
Elia spent two seasons at Hamburg before joining Juventus last summer, and he played for the Bundesliga side 63 times with 8 goals and 11 assists.
There was news in January that Newcastle were trying to get the player on loan from Juventus, but for whatever reason it didn’t work out.
Maybe even Newcastle could arrange a season long loan for him for next season on Tyneside, so they can check out the player before potentially signing him.
What do you think?