The Dutch football website Voetbal International is reporting that Newcastle are interested in Swedish International striker Ola Toivonen, and have opened negotiations for the striker.
Ola Toivonen – Newcastle interested
The 26 times capped 25 year-old Swedish International has been at PSV since 2009, after joining them from Swedish club Malmo.
Since he joined PSV, he has hit an impressive 66 goals in 154 appearances for the Dutch side, and while at Malmo, the 6″2″ striker hit 17 goals in 51 appearances for the Swedish side.
As far as we can tell Newcastle have not been linked with this player before, although there were reports last August that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had gone to the continent to watch him play.
And it could be that he is a cheaper alternative to Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong, who seems to be Newcastle’s first choice, but his club FC Twente have already turned down a £10M offer from Newcastle, and the Magpies may not go back with an improved offer.
German club Borussia Monchengladbach are also thought to be interested in the striker, who is good in the air and is right-footed, and English clubs Tottenham, Sunderland and Liverpool (of course) are also reported to be keen on the Swede.
His agent Martin Dahlin is stating there is an agreement with PSV that he can leave for €10M, which is around £8M – and that’s probably his release clause in his contract.
He will therefore come cheaper than Luuk de Jong, if that is true, with FC Twente saying they want anywhere between £12.5M and £15M for de Jong, depending on which news reports you believe.
And Newcastle pull out of deals where they don’t think they are getting good value.
If this news is true, it could suggest that Newcastle may have given up on Luuk de jong, and are going down their list of strikers, and hoping they can get a better bargain than de Jong would be – at the prices FC Twente want for their 21 year-old.
Voetbal International are reporting that Newcastle have actually opened talks with his agent, Martin Dahlin, about a move to Tyneside for the Swedish international, who has 6 goals in his 26 appearances for his country.
What do you think – would Ola be a good signing for Newcastle?