With the dodgy situation with Demba Ba’s contract, it’s clear that Graham Carr and Newcastle’s scouting staff will be scouring Europe looking for a striker, that the club can bring in during January, just in case a club comes in for Demba Ba, and meets the release price of £7M for the top striker.
The Italian web-site CalcioMercato.com are reporting that Newcastle have 25 year-old Stuttgart forward Martin Harnik as one of their possible targets and Martin can play either as a striker or a winger.
Harnick was born in Hamburg to a German mother and an Austrian father, and he joined Stuttgart from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2010, and he has a decent record there with 36 goals and 22 assists in his 84 appearances for the club.
He didn’t get much playing time at Werder Bremen making only 13 appearances with one goal, and while he was on loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2009 and 2010, he scored 13 goals and had 3 assists in his 30 appearances.
Harnick stands 6’1″ tall and has appeared 29 times with 7 goals for Austria, although he was also qualified to play for Germany.
It;’s hard to know whether this lad would be a good signing, but we’re sure Graham Carr’s instructions are toe scout some strikers for Newcastle before the end of the year, just in case Demba Ba leaves the club.
What do you think?
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