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?