Newcastle Interested In Turkish Midfielder?

News in the Daily Star today that 23 year-old Reading midfielder Jem Karacan’s contract talks have stalled, and Newcastle may possibly be interested – maybe, possibly – there’s at least a chance. :D.

Jem Karacan – Reading’s Turkish midfielder

Newcastle are always on the lookout for a good deal, and they are especially interested in any free agents or those that are within a year or so of their contracts expiring.

Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham, and not surprisingly Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, are all said to be monitoring the situation, and the news is that new signings 25 year-old Danny Guthrie, the former Newcastle central midfielder and 28 year-old Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak,   have deals massively better than what is bring offered to Karacan.

So it’s not really surprising that Jem is not happy, after he was a key man in Reading’s  promotion drive last season. Jem was born in London of a Turkish Cypriot father and an English mother, and has captained the Turkey U21 side, but has yet to be selected for the full Turkish side.

The lad played in 37 league games for Reading last season until he broke his ankle in April, and he has just one season left on his current contract,  and could come at a knock-down price, hence Newcastle’s potential interest – if he is good enough that is.  Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who was a free agent, as was Danny Guthrie,  is thought to be on the biggest wages ever paid by Reading Football club.

Karacan may even want to move to Turkey next summer, and said after breaking his ankle in April:

“I don’t know what the future holds. However, I want to play in Turkey one day,” 

We don’t know if Newcastle are really interested in this player, probably not, but the main question would be is he good enough for Newcastle, and the answer again is – probably not.

What do you think?

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18 comments so far

  • Andymax

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Live footy tonight, Newcastle U17s play in Milk Cup final.
    BBC2 N Ireland 7 pm

  • markmac

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    never heard of him tbh so in carr we trust!

    also nice 1 to danny guthrie if he’s there highest paid player, wish we could have kept him here though

  • pardew no 1

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    hope we get players from the olympics like someone from japan

  • Slank

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5


    Why do you still have Best on your banner, he’s left?

  • Papiss_Myself

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    News just in from a very reliable source.
    (My grans cats friends owners aunties postman)


    are all set to re sign for Newcastle and are on their way to have a medical as we speak

  • DannyA

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    andymax wat channel wud that be then or am i bein thick?

  • Slank

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    redondo77 @ 2

    Wasn’t it Nolan (being a Scouser) who recommended Liverpool to Carroll?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9


    Nolan, Allardyce and Carroll have the same agent.

  • Andymax

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    BBC2 N Ireland, if you have Sky look under regional listings.

  • Andymax

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Sky channel 972

  • Londtoon

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    He is not good enough, not to mention I have met him!

  • geordie157

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    All I want for my birthday is a signing!

  • geordie157

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Doesn’t mirallas play for Olympiakos?? Could be a decent signing. Although if Remy was ten mill then he’d be worth signing. Centre back talk is very quiet, how much is musacchio??

  • TorqToon

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Help fellas, I’ve not seen much of Loic Remy but I’ve heard good things from many of you. Also I’ve heard that this ‘could’ be a realistic possibility should the money be right.

    What are the lads strengths, weaknesses and what sets him apart from the other lads we’ve been linked with?

  • paul6257

    Jul 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    no way, we have better players in our reserves. i work in reading and watch them regulary. he was ok for reading in the championship but no where near good enough for newcastle in any division

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jul 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17


    I don’t know a great deal about him, there are people here who know more, but from what I do know he looks to have a great finish and a marriage of pace and power in his play. He also gets a lot of assists. Type him into transfermarkt, it’s a great site.

  • Readingmag

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    good grafter, sensible lad and player…..but sorry not our standard.


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