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.
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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