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.
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.