Olympiacos First In With Bid For Newcastle Target


Newcastle were offered 25 year-old Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason last summer for £5M, but Director of Football Joe Kinnear at the time did not take up the offer on Newcastle’s behalf.

Alfred Finnbogason

25 year-old Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason

That was after Finnbogason had a first full season at Dutch club Heerenveen, after being transferred from Swedish side Helsingborgs IF, and he had scored 28 goals in 32 games.

And this season has gone just as well, with the 21 times capped Icelandic striker scoring 31 goals in 34 games.

There hasn’t really been any noticeable interest we’ve seen from Newcastle, but since we have to bring in a number of strikers over the summer, we have to assume Alfred is near the top of  Newcastle’s striker list.

And there’s news that Greek champions Olympiacos have made an initial offer for the striker, but whatever the bid is, it’s too low for Heerenveen.

Heerenveen Technical Director Hans Vonk has said the club has indeed received an offer from Olympiacos, and this is what he told Leeuwarden Courant:

“There is an offer on the table from Olympiacos. However, it does not cover us for Finnbogason. To be honest, it is not enough for us yet,.  “It seems to have laid a base for the start of negotiations for the player.¨

¨We, at this point, take it as an interest and not as anything else and we will see what happens in the future.¨ There are other teams interested but maybe the case will go through until the World Cup, maybe even after that.” 

Newcastle seem to be after a number of strikers, and we suppose they will be bidding on their top targets first, and then if we don’t get them, then we’ll go down the list, but hopefully not too far down, before we get the two or three experienced strikers we need at Newcastle this summer.

Six foot tall Finnbogason has a terrific goal-scoring record in Holland, with 59 goals in 66 games, but of course there is a huge difference in class between the Eredivisie and the Premier League, and it’s always difficult to know if a striker can reproduce good goal-scoring form in England.

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61 comments so far

  • toon22

    May 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    He is too tall and too quick,i bet he is also useless as a centre half so theres little point in offering 500k for him.

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  • yo-yo

    May 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Then we obviously do not want him…NEXT

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  • beermonkey

    May 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    not good enough for jfk, the shame of it

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  • spitfire_

    May 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    We don’t have any targets.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no need for the club to get carried away and buy a striker… I mean, we do have, err… hmm… Gouffran can play there, but, wouldn’t that mean we need a left winger. (What a conversation between Charnley and Ashley probably sounds like)

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  • the broons

    May 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    the kids proved he can score 2 seasons in a row. 5 mil is more than worth the gamble

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #7

    RH@31

    I agree with some of what you say, which is why as you know, I would also like Pardew to be sacked, but my biggest gripe is that I do not believe that he is a poor manager yes he makes mistakes but all managers do, Brian Clough signed Justin Fashanu jeez. But in all honesty would a new manager make that much of a difference, yes we may no lomger get the awful backing which Pardew gives Ashley, yes a we may get a more attractive style of play, yes we may get Sissoko playing defensive mid alongside Tiote which would allow us to never see the waste of space which Anita is but allow Ben Arfa a freer role as Sissoko would be better at covering his mistakes than what the waste of space was, but then again there is nothing certain, its just wishful thinking and a new manager could be worse, but the bigger question to me is would Simione, Laudrup or anyone for that matter make a huge difference, remember that for the last 2 seasons when January comes we have had a weaker team, no manager can work like that m8, it just can’t be done, so if we are too replace Pardew then fine lets do so but only if the new man is allowed to manage the club in a correct manner, if that’s not permitted then what’s the point.

    I know I give the impression that I am defensive of Pardew, perhaps I am but that is only because I feel that he has done a good job” under the circumstances”, your argument is that you feel someone could come in and do better, you may well be right, but then again you could be wrong, but in a nutshell no manager will ever get us the success we crave as long as Ashley is here and personally if a new manager did bring better more entertaining football then great, but ask yourself this, even if that happened would it be enough as slightly better is not what is needed, significantly better is what is required and I do not believe that’s possible under Ashley, look a the Athletico Madrid side last night, if Ashley had been the owner of Atlletico for the last six years but every other role was held by the same people would Athletico still have had that same side, we all know they wouldn’t, and that is why I don’t feel its fair to make comparisons.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Would anyone else take a punt on Mitroglu ? .

    Went down with Fulham but wasn’t given a chance by Magath for whatever reason and will surely have an escape clause in his contract if relegated . Last time we took a striker from a relegated team he seemed to do alright 😉 .

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    RH, that was 31 on the previous thread.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    spoof

    if pardew is any good, why has only taken him 3 years to break just about every bad record set from the previous managers stretching back 100 years ?

    couple that with all the poor records he broke at other clubs,

    he is no where near what i would call as a manager or a coach, our team under him is nowhere as drilled as it should be given the fact we are a premier league club,

    we dont defend as a team and for me this is where im most critical, as he spends 4 days a week on this side of the game, yet we concede goals for fun,

    iv said it before, but BSA, Pulis, Hughes, are all old style managers , and pardew is light years behind them,

    these other guys, drill there teams on one style of football that is boring to watch, but gets them results,

    take away all the wonder goals, we would struggle

    i honestly think you need to go and watch some football to see how it is played

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Tenerife are playing tonight, could be a chance to see Ayoze Perez play, does anyone know if there is a live stream for the match.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #12

    catchy

    ffs man give me a break, how many times do I have to say that I want Pardew sacked and how many times do I have to say that he is not the problem anyway ?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    spoof

    also it bugs the life out of me when guys like you say given the circumstances

    the guy signed a deal saying he would oversee the coaching,
    we all know his job is to bring kids through to sell on for a good price,
    he is meant to coach the players that are bought for him and have them in the shop window to sell for a higher price,
    so in 3,5 years we have sold 3 players, one a geordie who im still not sure if he wanted to go or stay, the other wanted to go to arsenal in the summer and went on strike, the other wanted to go to warm the bench at chelsea

    now that he has proven for the second time he can not work with talented players (west ham), he is selling off all of our quality in order to replace with drones, and the remaining 20% of fans like you are happy to see this happen

    it makes me sick,

    as i see it , we are a couple of players away from giveng the top 4 a run, a good manager, (poyet, martinez) would have this squad buzzing

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  • Shot Bru

    May 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    The earlier story about Steve Sidwell is a joke..the only player we should be signing from Fulham is Ashkan Dejegah…

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  • beermonkey

    May 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15
  • catchy in norway

    May 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    spoof

    stop defending the man in any way shape or form

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    I would take Sidwell over Anita, if it wasn’t for Sidwell’s age.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    @ catchy

    Exactly m8 .

    Even other managers in the PL that have had teams relegated haven’t broken as many bad records at their clubs than Pardew has at NUFC .

    People are defending Pardew on the back of one good season where we had Ba scoring for fun in the first half and Cisse taking over the other half .

    And with teams like Chelsea & Liverpool struggling which allowed us to get 5th, not to mention we had a world class player in Cabaye .

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    catchy

    read post 30 on the previous thread and you will see what the debate is about, for me its not about Pardew its about the club, yet for whatever reason you always fail to respond to the point which I am making and only repsopnd to the Pardew aspect of it, that is in poor taste m8 as the whole of the point which is getting made is what you should respond to.

    and another thing, if I wish to defend anyone then I will do so, who the hell do you think you are trying to tell me that I should stop defending someone in any way shape or form, suggest it, by all means, but you never demand it, that is really off.

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  • Toon1978

    May 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #20

    We want most of our transfer business before World Cup they said. Givin the fact that we have struggled to sign anyone in 18 mths, I highly doubt the Toon will succeed lol. Hope I wrong.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Spoof

    I would say there are any number of up and coming promising managers out there who have already achieved a bit in their career who would not be high maintenance.

    More importantly they would bring modern progressive coaching methods, covering skills and technical play, which are clearly not addressed on any level by Pardew and his cronies.

    I think some young managers would love to see if they could get the best out of a Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cisse, Abeid, Bigirimana etc rather than just exile them because the manager can’t work with any technical players with flair and would rather work with drones like Noble, Colback, Sidwell types.

    Ba (top scorer) Colo (club captain) and Ben Arfa (arguably our best player) have all at one time or another slammed Pardew’s tactics.

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  • Shot Bru

    May 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    So…we have Krul apparently saying there are exciting signings on the way

    Colo allegedly in a meeting with Ashley and suddenly decides to stay…

    An alleged meeting on a yacht with Ashley and various parties in the Caribbean…

    Strolla has finally left the building!!!

    Things couldn’t be better hey!!!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    A little word of warning if this is the case, stop pussy footing around and dragging your feet whilst other clubs are being pro-active

    I know the window isn’t open yet but surely an agreement can be reached for any players beforehand, the opening of the window is just to make moves official

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/714727111?-11058

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  • Macas

    May 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Catchy – Wonder goals? Exactly how many wonder goals have we scored this season? Do you actually watch our games?

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  • Graeme

    May 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Average @ 23 – You can make as many deals as you like before the Transfer Window opens, you just cant register the transfer with EUFA/FIFA until the window opens.

    There was absolutely nothing to stop NUFC meeting clubs, agreeing transfers in the past few months. We could even have agreed transfers last January to take place this window.

    Who knows, with NUFC? Sometimes I wonder if they even know themselves. Graham Carr seems to provide lots of info, well in advance, but nothing ever seems to come of it, especially in the last 14 months or so!!!

    We could be sitting here in August, shaking our heads in shock at the quality we have signed. Likewise, we could be sitting here in August still waiting for the first signing to be dragged screaming and kicking over that magical line!!!

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #26

    RH

    ok, for arguments sake lets assume that we get a new manager who does get Benny to fulfil his potential, now this is not a defence of Pardew as he as has Deschamps, Blanc and whoever else have managed him have always failed so it is not a gimme not by any stretch of the imagination, forget Marveaux as all his career he has always flattered to deceive, but as with Benny lets assume the new man does get Cisse scoring and Abied and Bigi also fulfil their potential as well, while were at it lets assume that Armstrong developes as we all hope he does, this is all fanciful mind but like I say for the sake of argument, now if that happened would/could we be more entertaining and be a better side, yes we would, could a new manager possibly do that, yes he could, but would that be enough to bridge the gap and to challenge at the top, you know it wouldn’t m8, and that is what I am getting at, 10th and perhaps 1 or 2, even 3 places higher is all a new manager could do, now it may be better than what we have now, but would it be enough, for me it wouldn’t, and I doubt whether it would be for you either, and lets be honest, if the above did happen, with the kids, Armstrong, Abied and Bigi, if they were too be so good that we were doing really well and City or Chelsea or whoever then looked at them and saw boy wonder I’ll bid £12m in January would they be wearing the black and white shirt in February, likewise with Benny, if he did get the necessary self discipline and was performing week in week out would Ashley turn down £25m, not a hope in hell, and this is the whole crux of why I do not see dismissing Pardew as being the answer, yes I would sack him as I feel the players we do have are no longer playing for him and as a result I can see how it could get worse, but I do not see sacking him as being a way of getting better.

    Hopefully you can now see why I am not against Pardew as much as you and others are, as I don’t see how any great improvement could come, seriously Rotonda, the imaginary scenario above with the January sales, we both know that come January if we had 30 points plus then that is more probable than possible, so whats the point.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27

    catchy

    it bugs you when people like me say under the circumstances, are you for real, if other clubs are buying and strengthening which they are, and we are selling and weakening as we are then you have got to take circumstances into account, if City hadn’t bought Kompany, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Zabaleta, Kolorov, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Negredo etc, then would they be as strong as they are, no they wouldn’t, and if we had kept Cabaye, Enrique, Guthrie (for the squad) and Ba, would we be as weak as we are, you have to take circumstances into consideration, it is vital that you do to get a fair judgement of how you are doing, ah but that’s the point isn’t it, you don’t want it to be fair, what you want is one sided with everyone agreeing with your one dimensional tirade isn’t it ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Spoof,
    Exactly mate, I can’t stand Pardew anymore and have no sympathy for him what so ever but which ever manager comes in how can they deal with a policy that actually is designed to keep us mid table, I’m not sure what Athleticos policy is and I understand they have sold some big players every year, but do they sit still after selling that player or do they bring a few more in, the biggest crying shame for me was the season we finished fifth, it was like deliberate sabotage, Anita coming in not because we were short of midfielders but someone had persuaded Mashers either there was a profit to be had on him or someone was going to come in with a late bid for Tiote or Cabaye, can you imagine the disaster that would have been if either of those two had of left, not bringing anyone in seriously sapped morale, we only just averted disaster as it was.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Spoof,
    I don’t even know who catchy and Rotonda are trying to convince, we all know he needs sacking.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail

    it was the same this season m8, boxing day we were 3 points behind 4th, all the squad would have known that Cabaye was going as it had already been agreed, but when a replacement did not come in then you could see the heads drop which I can understand, if the owner doesn’t want you to succeed them what chance do you have, many feel it was French attitude, I don’t believe that as I feel it was right through the club including the manager, and when you have manager and players looking at the table and at how close they are to then have your best sold without being replaced, then they will all look at each other and say what is the point, this is why I want Pardew sacked as I just cannot see how he could now pick them up again, it has got to be a new man, thats the only way I can see next season not being worse than this one.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail

    me and Rotonda have had a few words which got a bit heated, but in fairness to him and to myself we have calmed down and we are being civilised again, which is good, but catchy is one who I just cannot understand, he is convinced that I am defending Pardew to the extent that TDS defends Ashley but that clearly is not what I am doing, but he just cannot or will not accept that, to be honest I give up with him.

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  • mindcompressor

    May 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #32

    # Spoof

    http://www.wiziwig.tv/broadcast.php?matchid=263461&part=sports

    There are no links there yet, however some should appear later… I’m going to watch Perez in action as well.

    About Finnbogason… Shame we don’t try to buy him. Probably we think about Bent again 🙂 or De Jong 🙂

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  • Graeme

    May 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Info that says Hertha Berlin are not selling Lasogga. They just dont understand how tenacious we can be lmao.

    http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/05/25/he-will-stay-no-matter-how-high-the-offer-newcastle-dealt-blow-i/

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #34

    mindcompressor

    thanks for that m8, I’ll have a look later, 6.00pm kick off I believe, I know it’s the Spanish second division but it would still be nice to see him in a competitive match, chances are there will be more Toon fans watching than Tenerife fans.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #35

    there’s another link from beermonkey@15, I missed that one, cheers monkey, I owe you a beer ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #36

    I think that in this coming window we’ll learn more about our future intentions. We have a reasonable idea as to what is in the pot -so it will be interesting as to what proportion of the pot is used -and to see how many players or the quality that the spend brings in.
    Might be difficult to make assessments initially -viz de Jong -we all probably thought he had decent credentials -but we were all probably a mile wrong -he’s a duffer.
    Interesting that Krul suggests some decent players coming -we’ll have to wait and see on that – he might be right -we get some cracking players -who can play -so Krul could be correct. If we sign dross clearly his assessment is rubbish.
    Things money wise have changed since Mr Tubbs bought the club – he can now get away with no personal investment from his purse -just do enough for mid table and the millions roll in. Couple of seasons of that and he’s quids in ( and we are shagged yet again).

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope this game is streamed tonight as I am now looking forward to seeing Ayoze Perez, I hope he plays a blinder and looks fantastic, we all need a bit of a boost don’t we.

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  • toon22

    May 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Maybe MA is going to sell,its the perfect time atm
    Hes got the tv/player money and hasnt spent any of it on players.
    If he sells now it would mean the new owner would need to find the cash for the players.
    Imho it can be the only reason why players such as Krull/Colo have all of a sudden decided all is rosey.
    They arnt idiots.

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  • toon22

    May 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Myself i wouldnt care if Hermann Göring bought us.
    Cant wait for MA to just go away.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    toon22

    “they aren’t idiots”, no they aren’t, but we are, who else would keep Colo who is well past his best and Krul who is not the same keeper who he was before he injured his shoulder during the Sunderland game about 14 months ago, we should get rid and cash in while there is some value still left in him, get Zoet as his replacement.

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