The news in the Newcastle Journal this morning is that Newcastle are indeed making a move for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who Newcastle were after in the summer of 2010 when he was still at FC Utrecht, and it seems the Dutch International is open to a move to Newcastle, although it appears that some other clubs are also interested in the 23 year-old.
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It was reported in the Portuguese press yesterday that Newcastle were in the lead to land the £10M rated striker, although it seems that Tottenham, Liverpool and Cologne are also interested in the player.
van Wolfswinkel’s agent Lous Laros has not denied there is Newcastle interest in his client, but it seems that Sporting Lisbon would want very good money to part with their top scorer, half way through the season.
This is what Laros told the Journal:
“I won’t name specific clubs as that is a private matter, but what I will say is there is big interest in Ricky from England.” “I have passed on this information to Sporting and it is up to them to come to any agreement and then we could negotiate.”
“Can something happen this month? In football, you just never know what might happen. We are laid-back about the situation.” “Ricky is like any player in that he is ambitious and the Premier League is a fantastic place. He is happy for the moment in Lisbon. There have been reports that he has requested a transfer, but that is not true.”
“I know the club well. I spoke to them a lot in the summer when they tried to buy Luuk de Jong, who is also our player. They are not in such a good position right now in the league, but that is a good club.”
Newcastle have moved with lightning speed to sign Mapouu Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpelier yesterday, and are also lined up to sign Nancy’s left back Maassadio Haidara and Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran today.
Newcastle are also after French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and the reports are that Newcastle will sign him on a pre-contract agreement and he will move in the summer – but why wouldn’t Toulouse accept a fee from Newcastle this month and make the deal permanent?
They’ll get nothing for him in the summer, so we think that’s what’s going to happen with Moussa (we hope it does too) – but it would be great if we can also get Ricky van Wolfswinkel through the door too.
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