Newcastle Now Linked With Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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?

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17 comments so far

  • dmac

    Jul 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Wont happen as he is nearly 29 like Ed has put. Shame as he is an unreal player, lacks a bit of pace though and that will only get worse as he gets older.

  • coatesy17

    Jul 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Thats gone through more news on Debuchy soon Yay exciting times!

  • MattyToon9

    Jul 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #3

    What a signing that would be. But just like journalists linking NUFC players away from SJP, this just seems like made up journalism of a positive kind. Fun to read, but there cant be no substance in this.

    Transfer Market has been quite frustrating so far, happy to see some young development players coming in. But would really like to see some senior signings, as we all would. Slowly losing confidence on the Debuchy deal, but still really hope he signs. However if he doesn’t, its not the end of the world as some fans seem to think.

  • MattyToon9

    Jul 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #4

    *there cant be any substance (for any grammar police)

  • toonincheek

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #5

    His age, the speculated fee (which would certainly be high) and his contract only one year to go – all reasons why this is a non-starter.

  • gonz

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Would much rather have Remy over all our striker targets. He fits every criteria that we are after, he’s under 27, he’s french, he can play on the wing as well as a centre forward, he would slot quite easily in this team with all the other french lads and at the right price he would still have sell on value.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I prefer Luuk de Jong to Huntelaar, but I prefer Huntelaar to Carroll. Klaas may not be thee fastest man on the block, but even when he’s 59, he’ll be faster than a 24-year old Andy Carroll

  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d love to see Huntelaar in a Newcastle shirt. He’s a goalscorer. Simple as that, it’s what he does. He’s as good as anyone on the planet at it and his record speaks for itself really. I’m a fan of Remy though, it’s nice to see a pacey striker with a good eye for goal. He seems to score his fair share of headers as well which surprised me a little. Either way, I hope we can keep hold of Ba and Cisse and bring in one more top class striker. There aren’t many clubs in the world with that much firepower available to them.

  • voodoo85

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #9

    quality player but i wouldnt want him truth be told. never been a big fan of his and would prefer someone with more pace such like a bellamy / remy style player

  • paul6257

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Yawn! Ed is there anyone you haven’t linked us with. If reports are printed in the paper then there is a high percentage chance that Newcastle aren’t in for them. If i have learned anything over the last few years, Newcastle don’t do there dealings in the press. I realise it’s silly season and you have to write something.

    On another matter, why aren’t we trying to sign Erik Pieters at LB, move Santon to RB and move on from the Debaucy debacle, bored with that now. Pieters for his versatility plus get Simpson on the first bus to Greedsville

  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #11

    @paulEd didnt link us with him and ig you don’t like it, go away.

    Hope this is not true

  • superkrul

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Boring ! We wouldn’t get him anyway Remy will do but can’t see him comeing either probs get carroll but means demba will be off when he arrives

  • Harley

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Never going to happen.

  • 5Danny94

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I think they’re both smokescreens for the Remy deal.

    The way the club have dealt with Remy is similar to the way they dealt with Cisse. The only problem is Marseille rejected it…

    Huntelaar is a good player, a great player, but he’s too old and too expensive. Ashley won’t sign a 28/29 year old and he won’t sign anybody for £16m.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Have to say Huntelaar doesn’t excite me one bit. He may have a good record but have never been much impressed with his play.
    Would rather have Remy. Younger and hungrier.
    Coatesy17 @ 2 – Exciting times? It may have escaped your notice that 3 weeks from the start of the season and we have signed no one yet (discount kids and League 2 performers).
    Have had my fill this close season of “eyeing up”, “closing in on”, “keeping tabs on”, “linked with” etc. etc. – it’s like a broken record.

  • paul6257

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    NUFCWill1986 read my post properly, i realise Ed doesnt personally link us with players, im not an idiot, and that he’s getting his sources from newspaper clippings. we all read these newspapers and see the links. if you read the daily star you’ll see we’re linked with Jem Karacan of Reading, an absolute joke as ive seen him play many times and hes championship standard at best. Anyway my point was that Newcastle in recent years have done their business behind closed doors and that most of what is printed in the papers is pure speculation and lazy journalism, yes the odd one will have an element of truth such as debaucy, carroll and remy but 99% is paper talk and does it really need reported on a blog when there is other Toon news that could be reported such as the milk cup tournament over in Ireland where newcastle are through to the final…

    and as for going away, “on your bike sunshine” this country is still a democracy, this is a blog and forum for people to their views.

    and Ed, love the blog

  • LambethMag

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17

    We had the chance to sign him after we played and we Heerenveen in Europe. He was only 19 at the time and we could have had him for buttons. I honestly wouldn’t go anywhere near him as he’s had his time and is too slow for this league now. Remy is more interesting as he can play through the middle or wide either side. He’s also very very quick.


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