There is news today that Newcastle are interested in 21 year-old Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil, as they look to bring in a striker in the January transfer window.
Ishak Belfodil – frustrated at lack of playing time
The two times capped Algerian International joined Inter-Milan in July, but he has had little playing time in Italy, and he is said to be frustrated with not playing regularly, and in fact he’s played only 10 times with one goal this season, after signing a five-year contract with Inter in the summer.
Ishak stands just less than 6’4″ tall, so he’s a big lad, and while at Parma last season he scored 8 goals in 34 appearances and he has played for all the French Youth sides through U20, since he qualifies to play for both France and Algeria, although his preference apparently was to play for Algeria at full Intentional level.
The striker is now worried about making the Algerian squad for the World Cup next summer in Brazil, and it may even be possible that the striker is loaned out in January.
This is what he has said about his situation to Le Buteur.
“I obviously would like to play more often. The World Cup is coming up and I have to be in good shape.” “The transfer window is approaching, so I will talk with the Directors and see what’s happening.”
“I am happy at Inter, but Algeria coach Halilhodzic has made it clear that I have to play.” “That’s why I’m considering my options. The transfer market could throw up a solution.”
Newcastle have a host of French-speaking players on Tyneside, so Ishak would fit in very quickly oat Newcastle, and maybe the best way to go for Newcastle, would be to bring him in on loan next month, and then see how he does in a black and white shirt.
If Belfodil does well, he could become a transfer target for Newcastle in the summer.
What do you think?
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