News in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today that Newcastle maintain an interest in Aston Villa’s Austrian International forward Andreas Weimann, and he seems a real target in the summer.
Andreas Weimann – Newcastle target
Andreas’ contract at Villa, whom he joined as a 14 year-old in 2006 and came through the famous Aston Villa Youth Academy, runs out in fourteen months time, and it’s not clear what kind of offer he’ll get from Villa.
The American owner Randy Lerner is trying to cut the wage bill and the overall costs at the club, which is one reason they are in a bit of trouble this season,.
And Lerner brought in no new players during January, unlike Newcastle’s Mike Ashley, who sanctioned five new Frenchman to come in to help us esxape relegation, so manager Paul Lambert has had to battle on using the youngsters he has at the club.
The 21 year-old forward fits almost perfectly the profile of players Mike Ashley wants at the club – young players who are not expensive and can improve on Tyneside.
And the good news is the Evening Chronicle is reporting the lad is keen to join Newcastle, so we hope that’s the case.
Andreas is on a fairly modest wage of £15K/week and his contract runs out a year come June, so Newcastle could certainly make a decent offer to Villa for his services this summer, which could well happen since it seems the player is now a real target.
Weimann can play out wide, or as an out-and-out striker, and he’s scored 11 goals in 34 appearances for the club this season.
And if it’s one thing we are short of these days it’s players who can score goals, and that’s especially true since Demba Ba left us early in January.
The 5’11″ Austrian International has now played 51 times for Aston Villa with 13 goals and we’ll see if Newcastle make a bid for the player.
He could come very cheap if Villa are relegated – but we think Wigan will take the drop – unless they start winning games very soon.
Andreas Weimann looks a good player to us – what do you think?
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