Newcastle were linked with PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen last summer, and there are claims from PSV there is real interest from other clubs for their 6’2″ striker.
Ola Toivonen – 26 year-old PSV and Sweden striker
Ola has just one year left on his current contract and is looking to leave Holland this summer, and there are reports coming through that Norwich have gone in with a bid for the Swedish striker.
PSV want Ola to sign a new deal, because they will lose him for nothing next summer, or for a reduced fee this summer, and he’s been told he will training with the Juniors next season, if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
We should point out that he has every legal right in the world to see his contract out at PSV, and the player should hardly be subjected to such pressure to sign a new deal – but that’s what happens when real (big) money is involved.
Toivonen has said the fee that PSV want of £4M is too high, and it would seem he would be a decent buy for anything less than that.
Ola said this about the fee:
“The asking price is too high. I’ve said it before and I continue to say it,”
The reports coming out of Holland are that Chris Hughton’s Norwich City have now agreed a fee with PSV, so the Canaries may be in the lead for the striker.
And you have to remember that Chris also bought another potential Newcastle striker target – Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel – when they agreed a deal of £8.5M in early April with his Portuguese side.
PSV technical director Marcel Brands told VI there is interest:
“There is real interest, and also from a number of clubs.”
It would seem that Ola would be a decent buy for the money, and he can play as an out-and-out striker or in midfield, and he scored 10 goals in 26 games for PSV last season and has played 33 times for Sweden with 6 goals.
WE don’t know if Toivonen is a real target for Newcastle this summer, but he would seem to fit the bill as one of the two strikers to be bought into the Tyneside club this summer.
What do you think?
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