The Sun is reporting that Newcastle United and Liverpool are interested in Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist, who has played 27 times for Sweden, but we have out doubts about this story.
Andreas Granqvist – Newcastle said to be interested
The Swede stands over 6’3″ tall, and therefore we would expect him to be good in the air, but he’s now 27 years old and turns 28 in April, and he’s probably too old for Newcastle to bring him to Tyneside, especially when our three experienced center-backs are all 26 years old or older.
With Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor at the age they are, we would expect Newcastle to bring in a younger defender, who can be given time to develop in the Newcastle squad, and especially when the transfer fee is quoted at around £4M, which is not cheap for a 27 year-old.
Newcastle have needed a fourth center-back since last summer, but we didn’t being one in to strengthen the squad, although we supposedly got close to bringing in 24 year-old Douglas of FC Twente, who will become a free agent in the summer and could be acquired for around £2M in January, and he would be a better buy than Granqvist because he’s cheaper and younger.
It seems Liverpool have been tracking the Swedish International for some time now, and Genoa turned down a £4M bid in the summer from Liverpool.
And Granqvist started the game last week for Sweden in the surprising 4-2 victory over England, when England managed to concede three goals in the last 13 minutes, and with Ibrahimovic scoring all four goals for the Swedes.
Andreas had an unsuccessful time at Wigan from 2007-2008, and we’re not sure this lad would be a good signing for Newcastle, and that’s based on his age and how much he would cost.
What do you think?
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