This lad played against us in our last game against Reading – and there’s some surprise news today that Newcastle are linked with Reading’s 29 year-old Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. The news is that the player is wanted by both Rubin Kazan and Newcastle, according to Russian daily Izvestia.
Pavel Pogrebnyak – Newcastle may be interested
But we’d be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in this striker, who played for Fulham last season, simply because he doesn’t fit the usual profile of players Newcastle want to bring into the club these days.
The fee mentioned is €4M, which is just over 3M – so it’s a reasonable fee for the experienced Russian – who has shown he can score goals in the Premier League, and we suppose if Newcastle cannot get one of their top striker targets before the end of the month – Pavel would be a reasonable signing for that kind of money.
Pogrebnyak’s agent Oleg Artemov had this to say about his client:
“At the moment, Pogrebnyak is a Reading player and there are no active negotiations on his future in the current transfer window.” “The last time that I talked with Pogrebnyak was a long time ago, but judging by the fact that he does not call, I think everything is going smoothly at Reading.”
“On Newcastle, I cannot say, because I have not heard about their interest. As for a possible return for Pogrebnyak to Russia, I would prefer to not make any comment on this subject.”
After he joined Fulham last January, the Moscow-born striker scored 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Cottagers, and so far at Reading he has 8 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season.
He has 33 caps for Russia with 8 goals.
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