Lee Clark’s Birmingham City are close to completing a deal for former Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands.
Peter Lovenkrands – while at Newcastle
Peter joined Newcastle as a free agent from Schalke 04 in January of 2009, when Joe Kinnear was the manager, and he did well at Newcastle, and in 84 appearances he scored a good 29 goals.
And Lovenkrands was one of the key men who helped Newcastle get promoted at the first attempt from the Championship, following our relegation, and in that promotion season he scored 16 goals in 32 games.
But Peter has been short of opportunities over the last season or two, and Newcastle decided not to extend the 32 year-old Dane’s contract at the club when it ran out on July 1st, but Lee Clark seems to have moved quickly to sign Peter up.
Peter is a free agent and personal terms have been agreed with the striker, and he is set to arrive at Wast Hills Training Ground this morning ahead of the Birmingham squad returning for pre-season training.
Lovenkrands will have his medical today, and Birmingham will hope to be able to confirm the signing some time later today.
Peter has played for Denmark 22 times with one International goal, and he also played six years at Rangers and spent three years at Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, and in 354 total appearances so far in his career, he has scored 98 goals.
Back in 2000, Bobby Robson at Newcastle thought he had signed the then 20 year-old Lovenkrands, but Dane the surprisingly ended up at Rangers, saying afterwards that he thought he would get more playing time north of the border, and he scored 54 goals in 182 appearances in Glasgow.
Lovenkrands began his career in Denmark with Akademisk Boldklub, and made his debut in July of 1998, and when he arrived on Tyneside he did a good job at Newcastle, and was one of players who helped us come back big time, after the terrible relegation in 2009.
Peter is not only a very good player, but he’s also a good lad, and we wish him all the very best at Birmingham.