Newcastle Ready To Bid Big In January For Top German Striker


According to The Mirror, Newcastle United are said to be ready make a £9M bid for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse, the 26 year-old German International striker.

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Max Kruse – 26 year-old German striker

Kruse was signed on a four year deal for Monchengladbach from SC Freiburg in 2013, and since then he has scored 17 goals in 43 matches for his German club.

Max is only 26 years old so he fits the profile of players owner Mike Ashley likes to sign for the Magpies, and while at Freiburg he scored 12 goals in 39 appearances, so the 5’11¨ player is a decent enough goalscorer but not prolific.

Southampton are also said to be interested in signing the player, according to the Mirror report – and this lad would look like a good buy for Newcastle, if we can get him through the door.

Newcastle failed to bring in a striker during the summer, and although 21 year-old Ayoze Perez has done very well in his very first season in England, Newcastle still need another striker brought in as soon as possible, and preferably in January.

Kruse was at FC St. Pauli for three seasons before moving to SC Freiburg,and he scored 22 goals in exactly 100 appearances for the club.

Kruse got his first call up to the German senior squad for a friendly against Ecuador in May of last year, and since then he has 10 full caps and one goal for Germany, and he also played for the Germany U19, U20 and U21 sides.

He played 24 times for those German Youth sides with 8 goals.

Kruse failed to make the German World Cup squad last summer,  but he was in the German team that beat Gibraltar 4-0 in the last International break and played the whole game, and he was also a substitute in the  1-1 draw with Ireland.

This season in the Bundesliga he has scored 5 goals in 8 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach.

He looks like a good striker.

And finally one interesting fact about the lad away from football – Kruse is an avid poker player and he finished third at the 2014 World Series of Poker in June in Las Vegas, and won $36,494 in prize money.

Wonder where he goes for his summer vacation? 😀

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111 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #1

    beermonkey,
    I was a little bit disappointed with Mag52 and Dulcerina’s comments about snivelling to Ed, it’s not about that at all, I’m not hiding the fact that I wrote to Ed and I’m not bothered about somebody calling me names on a blog, with my views on Mike Ashley of course I’m going to get a bit of stick, what compelled me to write to Ed though was somebody who is all day everyday hurling insults at anybody who he doesn’t agree with, there is a big difference between me taking the pi$$ out of Pardews glasses every now and then to making snide comments every couple of minutes against posters you don’t like.

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  • AccyToon1

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Get him through the door. Then we have options up top. Still a tad worried about the back line and the depth.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #3

    jail – I thought about posting that there were no lenses in King Percys glasses and that he wore the glasses to look intelligent. Clearly nobody would be wearing glasses without lenses but I erred against it as some of the “more serious” posters would not see it was a joke.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Pards looks a dapper chapper, in those big old Mr Ed Glasses, but I do agree with you about Mag92, Jail, and also wrote to Ed about it. With less of the rancor, he’s a sharp and entertaining contributor though, from what I’ve read, a bit of moderation from Ed, hopefully will have him flying right.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Has anyone seen this guy play at all? If he is only 5ft 11 not sure if he is the player we need ?

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Re: Glasses.

    Pards is over 50 so its not unlikely that his eyesight is starting to go. I’m ten years younger and my glimmers are shocking.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I live in Japan, and sport a pair of those oversized Pards type goggles myself, but over here that style is all the fashion, but without the lenses, just the frames, bizarrely.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #8

    canny – you really need to get to the optician to get your eyes sorted. The old optician can identify all sorts of things such as diabetese. With a set of specs you should be able to see we normally play in black and white stripes.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Mag just seemed to want to cause conflict with everyone, if you didn’t see most of his comments you’d think he only had a problem with one or two. He was that bad at times he’d have a go at people who agreed with him?

    As many have said he maybe this poster who’s had x amount of other names, if that is the case he probably already has his new alias on the blog in place.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #10

    jail

    its a shame that ed doesn’t police the blog a bit more

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy

    Glasses without glass?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #12

    jimmy – thought you were joking about the specs until I did a Google search and read up about it.
    http://neojaponisme.com/2011/07/19/on-fake-glasses-in-japan/

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Mine have the lenses, I hasten to add, but yeah, loads of Japanese hipsters wear them, without the lenses, nothing but the frames.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #14

    An extract from a day in the life of Alan Pardew
    10:45 pm — You call up David Moyes and shout, “You couldn’t replace Sir Alex Ferguson and you can’t replace Alan Pardew! You could never pull off stylish fashion glasses like I can! Never!” then quickly hang up.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #15

    What time does the women’s mud wrestling start, i want to join.

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  • BandB

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Welshgeordie,

    Are you hoping to catch me while the rest of the blog is sleeping for a few more late night chuckles about how I am an old trout who should be filleted. Or that I take part in bare-breasted mud-wrestling. Or that I might offer sexual favours to other posters?
    I chose to have my fights with Mag92 and yourself on the open blog, where you had the right to reply. I am not one of the people who wrote to Ed.
    Anyway, as that battle is won, I have no need or intention of hanging around for any more unedifying Benny Hill schtick.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Jimmy & Tuff,

    I’ve worn glasses since I was 7. Hate it. Can’t understand why anyone would want to that didn’t have to

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #18

    BandB

    Say what.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Canny in Canberra

    People don’t wear glasses just for the fun it, they wear glasses because strangely enough they can’t see.

    Odd that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Words words words

    That’s all they are.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Welshie

    I think poor Band B maybe be feeling rejected….lol

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry Bandb

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  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Canny

    Morning mate. Are you on a smoko break from your public service position…. lol

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #24

    expatmag

    I wanted to cheer up Bandb but as usual it’s backfired on me, again.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Welsh,

    Not true, the fashion the other year was to wear them with just clear glass. Still trending in Japan by reliable accounts.
    Obviously you’re not that much of a fashion victim, which is a good thing, I guess

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  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Welshie

    I think her comments are probably more addressed to me about joking comments I made the other night for which I sincerely apologise if she was offended. It was all written in jest and I didnt realise she was such a sensitive soul.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #27

    To be honest my fashion sense is not my strongest, as long as it’s not wet or got any holes in it then i will wear it.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Pat,
    Because I live in Canberra I must be in the public service. Bong Bong, you would be wrong!!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Welsh,
    If theres no holes, how do you get your arms and legs in?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #30

    expatmag

    Sombody said it to me last night i think it was Canny in Canberra but I didn’t know or if it was about BandB, i only caught the end of it, I will say sorry again if BandB comes on tonight or tomorrow when I’m on.

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  • Sazzer

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #31

    I haven’t seen so much of Kruse and Gladbach of late I know he’s good player. He replaced Cisse directly in Freiburg.

    Although he scored less goals than Cisse. Freiburg as team went from 11-15 place to 5-7 or something with Kruse.

    Reason: Kruse score both score goals and create goals for the team.

    I remember recomending him when there still was a chance for getting this guy but I really can’t see us buy good players from Gladbach.

    If we could then why not go Christopher Kramer. His contract is running out next summer.

    Kruse is a good decoy.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Canny in Canberra

    You know what I mean, smart arse.

    Ha ha ha

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  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Canny

    Public Servant City, isnt it?……lol

    I bet you work at the Ministry of Silly Walks

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  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Back on subject, I doubt we would pay 9 million for him or even Cignac for that matter especially when Ashley could possibly get Wickham and/or Ings for peanuts in january or the summer.

    Kruse is probably just more paper talk.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Expat,

    Well it’s not the Ministry of Silly comments otherwise I’d be seeing you and Welsh on a daily basis!!

    Basil says hi!!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Ings was looking fairly lively when I saw him on the round up show earlier in the week.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #37

    expatmag

    If we are after a forward in January who would you like.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Canny in Canberra

    Is that the forward you would like newcastle to sign.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Canny in Canberra

    i shouldn’t be talking to you anyway, You got me in to trouble with Bandb all this wrestling talk.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d like to sign Messi. Lol

    Seriously given then choice I’d skip the forward considering whats happen of late and focus on the defence/Midfield. specially if Tiote is going

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