We’d love to see Newcastle bring in up to three players in the upcoming January transfer window, and there’s news that Newcastle remain interested in Manchester City’s 22 year-old Norwegian U23 International Abdisalam Ibrahim.
Abdisalam Ibrahim – Newcastle keeping tabs on this player?
Since signing on at City back in early 2007 when he was a 15 year-old, he’s been loaned out to Scunthorpe United, NEC and this season he’s at Strømsgodset in Norway.
Because of his height and style of play the player is often compared to Patrick Vieira, and the new manager Manuel Pellegrini has told the player he can leave the club in January.
The Norwegian has been in top form for Strømsgodset this season, and they are currently top of the Norwegian League, and their Sports Director Jostein Flo had this to say about the many clubs said to be interested in signing the central midfielder:
“I think it is speculation,” “I will have a meeting with Manchester City in two or three weeks and then we will probably hear more.”
“He is on loan with us until the end of the year, but we would like to keep him.”
The clubs said to be interested in the player include Newcastle and clubs from France, Spain and Turkey, and there’s a lot of them.
A central midfielder is not particularly a high priority for Newcastle in January, with Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote and Anita all in good form this season, but some big clubs could come in for Yohan Cabaye in January, and Director of Football Joe Kinnear must line up a suitable replacement, just in case that happens.
Ibrahim’s contract runs out next summer at City, so they will be keen to get something for him in January, although he will come at a cut price fee, but it’s not clear to us that a central midfielder is a priority at Newcastle come January, unless of course we lose Cabaye.
What do you think?