There have been a number of reports over the last few days linking us with a Magpies’ former target in Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who joined FC Schalke from Milan two years ago, and has scored 61 goals in 82 Bundesliga appearances for Peter Lovenkrand’s former club.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – a fantastic striker
Only only last summer we were linked with Huntelaar, who was supposed to have been a bad influence in the Dutch squad during the Euro 2012 Championships, as he was supposed to be annoyed that Robin van Persie was getting the striker starting position for the Netherlands.
But of course we know that some of the news put out is simply conjecture, but Newcastle could always talk to their top young goalkeeper Tim Krul, to find out what really happened.
Klaas-Jan is a top striker, and it’s hardly surprising that top clubs like Juventus and Manchester United are interested in him, and we suppose the Magpies are in there because the 28 year-old has only one year left on his three year contract, and he may come at a knock-down price, although that is still likely to be high, if he does move this summer.
If that price is somewhere near the £10M mark, then Newcastle could be contenders for the Dutchman, but we have to think this player would attract other top clubs, who could out-bid Newcastle for both the transfer fee and the wages.
The Schalke General Manager Horst Heldt told German newspaper Bild last week:
“Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it”
€20M is around £16M, but who would pay that for him, when he will be a free agent next summer?
The Dutchman seems in a similar situation to Loic Remy, in that he has one year left on his contract, and if various reports are to be believed over the last couple of days, then Newcastle are in for Remy and would appear to have a decent chance of signing the 25 year French striker.
One small thing against Huntelaar is that he turns 29 within three weeks, so that would mean we have a 26 year-old (Papiss) 27 year-old (Demba Ba), 29 year old (Hunrlaar) and 30 year-old (Shola) as the Newcastle strikers, and maybe Newcastle would like to bring in a younger striker.
Remy fits the bill there, because he’s not 26 until next January of next year, and also has a great record in France.
They are interesting stories about Newcastle being after the top Dutch striker, but Newcastle would have a hard job bring Huntelaar to Tyneside.
Huntelaar’s record is there for all to see, and in stints with AGOVV Apeldoorn, SC Heerenveen, Ajax, Real Mardrid, Milan and Schalke, he has an amazing 248 goals in 377 appearances and is one of the world’s top strikers.
But it’s also nice to be linked with the player, if the stories are true, because two years ago we wouldn’t have thought we had any chance at all of getting the lad to Tyneside.
What do you think?