Magpies Pondering Bid For Macedonian International Midfielder


Newcastle seem to be spreading their wings in the transfer market following the developments of last Monday – first of all the Arsenal bid for Yohan Cabaye, who we think will end up at PSG, and then our rather pathetic performance at Manchester City where it seemed we didn’t belong on the same pitch as the very slick passing Manchester City side – they were in a different class – and it was a difficult game for Newcastle fans to watch – not a good start to the season. 🙁

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Agim Ibraimi – 24 year-old Macedonian International attacking midfielder

Newcastle will need to bring in a playmaker if we lose Cabaye, which now seems likely, and Newcastle had scouts in the Czech Republic last night to watch Maribor winger Agim Ibraimi in the Slovenian club’s game against Viktoria Plezen, which Maribor lost 3-1 in the Champions League qualifying game.

It seems that Newcastle are interested in the Yugoslavia born attacking midfielder who truns 25 next week and is rated at around £3M, but it’s a huge jump in class from playing in the Slovenian PrvaLiga to the English Premier League.

We haven’t seen this player so it’s hard to judge how good he is but we suppose the £3M fee is low enough that we could afford it for a player who can also play as a second striker – and maybe he could be a gem that Graham Carr has found?.

The attacking midfielder has played for six different clubs in the last seven years and has represented Macedonia 21 times with 5 goals and moved to Maribor from Nafta Lendava two years ago on a three year deal, and we suppose Graham Carr has been keeping tabs on him.

Here’s some video of the player playing against England last year in Japan, and there is plenty of video on him on YouTube.

And here’s a four minute player profile of him – made about two years ago.

If any of our readers have seen Agim play – how good is he?

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393 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Not me but I so agree with this below:-

    We can sign Messi, Ronaldo and Bale and we would still be s—e under Pardew. We do need players but we need a manager who can motivate and is tactically aware, much more. A decent manager would get much better performances and results from the current crop of players.

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  • numba9

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    t’s a bit different to the days where kk would sell a Andy Cole and explain himself on the steps because he loved the fans and wanted to reassure them that the money would be spent and more besides . Everything just seems so hollow and heartless nowadays identity seems to have gone we need more people at the club that care more than they do about their own wage packet

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry but I would rather we kept Cabaye a signed ONE player. It is madness and I am totally gutted. However players like Cabaye need CL Football at an ambitious club and NUFC can not offer either with this eejit running OUR club. (Repost)

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    I like the gourcoff link. Unfortunately we are great are making good players look poor but under a good coach he has the ability to rival zidane he just needs to sort his attitude out.

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost…
    @matty haha, no I normally dont believe anything I read cause it just gets my hope up. The reason why i didnt think it was trustworthy is cause pretty much there whole article was like 2 sentences and had no source, names, postions or even clubs. So It seemed kind of random, hope it is right tho

    @Cadette i just said that -_- lol all 4 were spotted at Nice airport (photo taken). Only AP was spotted at Lyon.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Mactoon repost

    I never heard about those recent offers tbh.
    they probably did not make serious offer since we were so bad last season and probably didn’t have enough resources to buy at the price Ashley paid for this club.
    Like I said someone with real money , someone who has the resources to make genuine offer that Ashley hard to refuse.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    If we sell cabaye to PSG we need to get sakho and menez in as part of the deal, to kill two birds with one stone as they say. If we sell him to Arsenal we need to fleece them for as much money as possible as it’s strengthening another PL team.
    If he is sold we need another centre mid on top of the winger and striker we need already.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone else worried that the majority will accept selling Cabaye and bringing in 2 or 3 as a successful transfer window ( if the money spent is less than what Cabaye was sold for) .

    That would be a disaster for me, we need to keep this Ashley focused hate alive and turn it into something meaningful. Selling Cabaye would be fine if we actually spent that entire money and more like we should have weeks ago! I for one will not accept it and it will make no difference to my stance whatever happens in these last 2 weeks of the Window.

    Ashley has gone too far this time.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Ash wanted 800M from the Mansoors to sell NUFC which at the time was probably worth 200M max

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  • martoon

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Beattie – I didn’t realise that you lived in Burnley. I worked there for several years in the 80’s and lived in Nelson. I went to Turf Moor a couple of times when they were playing the Toon and can understand why you don’t support Burnley 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Martoon

    I hate the place. How did you escape? I need directions to get out.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    All the scouting should of been done in the 2nd half of last season but we pissed about with the whole Kinnear, Llambias scenario that we stood still in the transfer market while the likes of Southampton, Cardiff, Swansea, Norwich have all been improving their squads.

    Anzhi want to sell all their top players. Why not try for Lacina Traoré

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone know the stadium announcer? If we could get him to play that Bobby Robson speech followed by a huge Mike Ashley Out, it would generate an almighty roar from the fans and get some good coverage.

    He’d have to be a brave man and love the club to death to do it suspect.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Also I’d love to get veratti out of this deal. Won’t happen but he knows how to play football properly. Maybe he could teach our team a thing or 3

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  • magpie_army

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    The thing is, even if Cabaye we’re to stay, which seems increasingly unlikely, we still need something in between him and Cisse.

    Cabaye is excellent in the deep-lying role spraying passes about but when we play only one up top it results in balls sailing over his head for him to chase. We need a technically gifted attacking midfielder to sit in between who can receive from the deeper midfielders and have the ability to link up with the lone forward or run with it himself. I would say Ben Arfa fits that mold but he’s too greedy and I’d much rather see him terrorizing full backs and cutting inside to score goals. Gourcuff would be perfect but it’s huge a long shot.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    NewcastleMole

    Good point, Lacina’s a beanpole though so would encourage the long ball. Jucilei is a great defensive mid who’s quite similar to Paulinho.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Surely MA can see we need strengthening. But buying average players then getting them to play under Pardew will turn them into poor players.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Someday if and when MA does exit this club , I wonder what his (first and ?) last speech to the fans would be !!

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  • Rooster

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Apparently, Navas at City, broke the running machine he is so fast, tell that to Paul Dummet, Navas did not do him for pace or skill once!!! and that was over 45 mins.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Players that we could get as part of the deal from PSG could be Menez,Sakho or Matuidi.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    The most logical football club would look at this situation and go 1 of 2 ways.

    They would see that Cabaye is, on his day, one of our finest players and the creative heartbeat of our central midfield. They would understand how vital it is for him to say, not only for his ability, but for his qualities as a person that has attracted so many players to this club. The divide and unrest it could cause in the dressing room should he leave would not be worth the money we could make and so in order to convince him to stay we offer a new contract to him and show our ambition by spending half of the TV money on new talent to strengthen the squad and give ourselves a fighting chance at aiming for Europe.

    Or

    Much like Tottenham are doing we make plans for if Cabaye leaves. We strengthen the team as much as possible and flesh out areas considered to be weak. We then sign competition for his place should he decided to leave, and leave absolutely nothing to chance. This not only shows Cabaye he isn’t the only option we have at the club but it also gives the dressing room a lift seeing the club push forwards.

    We will do neither.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    ed is this 1 of the top players we are after,we are in the bargain basement.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    For the first time in 3 years I think I’m in complete agreement with Rotonda now.

    I really can’t get excited about any transfers, no matter how spectacular, because I don’t have any faith in our manager to get anything out of them.

    We’ve seen it too many times now. A good, title winning, internationally capped player joins – and within a month he looks like he just stumbled over from Gateshead by mistake.

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  • BandB

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Mactoon/Beattie

    I sometimes think that part of the divide on opinion on here is between those who support free-market economics of the kind represented by Ashley and those who don’t.
    Newcastle is a long way north, and the north is different. The south has generally done far better from free-market economics than the north has, and it is much more accepted as being a generally beneficial fact-of-life down there than it is up here.
    Therefore there is a difference in culture and outlook.
    I sometimes get annoyed by the “there is no other way” assumptions of some of Ashley’s southern-based supporters. I accept it is no less a prejudice than their own certainties.
    I just hope they can try to understand some of our frustration at being regarded as “the desolate north”, as Lord Howells called it, and being used as a laboratory for free-market experiments predicated on the notion that we are a bit thick and inured to ill-treatment and second-rate service.

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  • Rooster

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Thing is I could not see Pardew riping in to a senior player, so I would have no fear if I were playing, he has not got the balls for it, ive heard hes had a pop at younger players a few times though, this is were JK would have more authority because the one thing the fella has is a big set of plums, he would tell any player he wasn’t happy if they were not doing the biz, I cannot stand AP and it is desperate but I would genuinely have JK over AP as manager, that’s how poor I think AP is.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #26

    I can imagine a conversation between Pards, Ash and Joe after Monday’s game:

    Ash: ‘So Alan, what went wrong?’
    Pards: ‘Well Boss, we had them on the ropes but when we woz reduced to 10 it was hard.’
    Joe: ‘Well I thought he woz an example of English passion, we need more lads like Steven.’
    (Puts £2m bid in for Tumkins)
    Ash: ‘See if you can get him in for under 3 Joe, and i’ll get the drinks in down the Orange Tree.’

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Nick Rudd ?@Ruddy22
    Me with Kinnear in nice airport “3 in by Saturday” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/R4K2INFPHW

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #28

    I might just ask to be cryogenically frozen until Ashley sells up . I can’t take this sh*t anymore.

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  • BandB

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    PS

    And plenty of our home-grown chairman treated us with the same contempt.

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  • Barton

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #30

    well thats Cashley all ower,sell cabaye for £20 mill,and replace him with a player costing £3mill,god help us all!

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  • G

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    Anybody else heard anything about Dirty Harry wanting to take Shola to QPR? Seems a bit out of the blue seeing he could have done that deal involving Remy?

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #32

    BPC

    Summery should start against West ham no doubt it. What a quality FB this lad could turn out to be. If he continues to play like he did against City then the sky is the limit for the lad.

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  • jeff

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    we lost a gem by missing out on benteke

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  • richyg01

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #34

    @27

    Jesus, what is Joe on!?

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    G
    You sure you didn’t dream that?

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  • Ashton

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Kinnear looks like a walking corpse. I don’t think he will be here for long.

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  • Thump

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    @MacToon: Aye mate, Hove atm. Probably moving closer to Brighton centre once me and wor lass have got ourselves sorted out.

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  • richyg01

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    @30

    Yes, but what you also forget is, that’s almost what paid for Cabaye (£4.4m).

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  • richyg01

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    This explains the absence of Vuckic vs. Man City:

    SSN:

    Newcastle’s Slovenia international midfielder Haris Vuckic has been training with Bradford and scored for them in a reserve match on Tuesday. The 20-year-old could now move to Valley Parade on loan.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    newcastle went to nice to meet gomis, as apparently he is staying in cannes at the minute

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