Simon Kjaer is a Danish center-back, who has played for Danish club Midtjylland, Italian club Palermo and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, and spent last season on loan at Roma in Italy.
Simon Kjaer – Danish International center-back
Two years ago this 6’2″ defender who was born in Horsens, Denmark, has played for all the Danish Youth sides and 22 times for the full National side, was in high demand.
The player turned 23 last March , and interested clubs included Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Italian side Juventus and then Bundesliga Champions Wolfsburg.
Steve McClaren at Wolfburg finally paid £10M for the player, and in the next season he played 34 times with one goals for the German side.
In February of 2011, Felix Magath returned to Wolfsburg as manager after the former English coach was fired, and in his second season at Wolfsburg, Kjær made three appearances.
It seems that Kjaer fell out with Magath, and last August he was sent out on a season long loan deal to Roma, but has played only 14 times for the Italian club this season.
Roma have an option to buy him this summer, but it looks like they will not take that option up, and we wonder if Newcastle would be interested, if they can get this player for a small transfer fee.
He has been unsettled over the last two season, and maybe if he was given a chance at Newcastle, he would be able to reproduce the excellent form which had some top clubs after him only a couple of years ago.
It would be a risk for Newcastle unless the transfer fee was really low, but maybe they could also take him on loan and then see how he does on Tyneside.
You wonder why a player who looked so good when he was 21, has slipped over the last two years.
Often it’s a case of lacking confidence and not being settled, and we’ve seen from the Ben Arfa case, how once players are settled in on Tyneside, Alan Pardew can bring out the best in players – so it may be worth a try.
But we should stress there has been no link between the player and Newcastle, that we have seen.
What do you think?