Newcastle Reported Interested In Bosnia Defensive Midfielder

Newcastle were linked with 25 year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international Anel Hadzic quite a bit last summer, and he  plays in defensive midfield for SK Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga, and the 6’1″ player can also play at center-back.

anel hadzic

Anal Hadzic – free agent in the summer

Hadzic wants a move to England to play in the Premier League, and there was news about three weeks ago that West Ham had been offered the player.

The Times is reporting that West Ham and Newcastle United are the two clubs who are interested in signing the player for €5M – which is around £3.7M.

Newcastle may be interested in the player because his contract runs out in the summer, although the club have a one year option on that, but he could be available as a free agent in the summer, and that’s always attractive to a Mike Ashley owned Newcastle – because they are cheap – the free agents that  is. 😀

We may be interested in the player, but we doubt Newcastle would bring him in this month, and maybe the defensive midfielder is a target if Cheick Tiote is sold in the summer, which may even be likely with young Mehdi Abeid playing well when he’s in the Newcastle first team, and the 22 year-old can still improve a lot.

Hadzic is a defensive midfielder and if we were to sell Cheick Tiote in January, this player could be a potential replacement – but with time running out and Cheick’s Ivory Coast now in the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations after beating Cameroon 1-0 tonight – that looks very doubtful.

Cheick was left out of the team tonight after picking up two yellow cards in his first two games – sound familiar?

Hadzic played for the Austria U21 side twice, but then opted to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina at full International level, and he was in the 23 man squad at the World Cup in Brazil and currently has six full caps for his country, which is part of the old Yugoslavia.

Last season he played 36 games for SK Sturm Graz in all competitions and scored 4 goals and had 2 assists and he’s made 17 appearances with 5 assists this season.

He’s been at SK Sturm Graz since the summer of 2013, and previously he was at SV Reid, another Austrian club where he played 190 games with 25 goals and 12 assists, and joined them back in 2007, when he was just 17.

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49 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Is anyone else really dreading this Palace game in a few weeks??

    Would not surprise me if we got a spanking

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else get the sneaky suspicion that the club have mistaken bosnian for bosman? I can understand as they do sound similar, if said at speed in a southern accent. Mystery solved.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #3


    It’s written in the stars with stroller scoring once he signs for them. Dreadful.

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed…. His name is Anel not Anal! An unfortunate error!

    From previous, a repost

    Mister Tuff

    You know fine well which of us is which in the picture.

    What U can’t work out is how you managed to edit yourself and your apparatus out of it!

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Actually scrap my last theory regarding the bosman v Bosnian. He plays in the centre of midfield so it’s a cert as we are woefully short in that position.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Time for a bit of wishful day dreaming – I remember whan SBR was managing the Toon he tried to buy Luis Enrique from Barcelona , he said he was one of his favourite players who unbelievably has played every positon at the highst level apart from goalie and central defender – Now here’s the thing LE doesn’t get on with Messi and there is big talk about him leaving in the summer to be replaced buy FdB which would leave LE looking for a club .Come on Mr Charnley keep this situation monitored.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Another couple of wins for pardew and he will end up with a manager of the month award.

    What a legend.

  • p

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #8

    more bollox I would say

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #9

    I recant my last post on the grounds that he would actually cost MONEY.

  • Sleepin Giant

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Interesting if Pardew won Manager of the Month twice in a year but with two different clubs !

    More than some on here could stomach

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #11

    It is actually a good time to buy in Europe the euro is at a 12 year low

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Welsh…it was only cheap humour mate!

    …if it was under the belt I do apologies

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #13

    lesh…did you ever watch Little Britain?

    …thanks for making me remember that funny moment about CRAVINGS! 😀

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Not dreading any game – I have a sneaky feeling Carver is going to make a few folk eat their words

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Mr T

    * What I can’t work out is how you managed to edit yourself and your apparatus out of it!

  • 70TWO

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Another :-p}}} story!

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #17


    Can’t say I have watched Little Britain – there’s been no need as we seem to have enough oddballs on here!

    No names of course but needless to say, you’re not one of them.

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #18


    There’s no need to apologise to Welshyboy, he loves the attention.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #19

    lesh…just for the fun of it you should watch the link I posted…

    …just think about CRAVINGS 😉 lol

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Not new news but this link on the Ashley – Rangers matter is but one page in the paper.

    It may just set the hares running again!


  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Jeff from Benwell

    Luis Enrique’s already lined up for SJP. Don’t underestimate Kim Un Charnley, he’s just been toying with FdB.

    If Enrique has a change of heart, no worries, all’s in hand, he has a fall-back option – Carver!

  • Canny in Canberra

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Did I hear a call for Oddballs. Well here I am.
    Nothing to input just quiet at work. Lol

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #23


    The ‘Cravings’ link’s hilarious.

    Fish and chips, chocklit… half the calories…. Lmao 😀

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Canny in Canberra

    If you want a laugh, have a look a Jesper’s youtube link on the previous thread….. You might recognise some of the characters from the blog!

    I’m ready for sleep – my good lady’s off to NZ this morning so gotta be bright eyed and bushy tailed. You know how it is.

    Enjoy your day.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Jan 29, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #25


    So what could this disciplinary action extend to in terms of consequences? Can we hope to see the big man ran out of football. I do think there should be some sort of Psych test for football club owners to ensure a predisposition for actually intending to do a good job.

  • expatmag

    Jan 29, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Afternoon Canny. Get some work done, you trollope

  • expatmag

    Jan 29, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #27


    I dont think anyone will run the twat out of football. Not even the government.

    The SFA will back down as they cannot afford to lose another high profile club from their PL. Hearts will be back next season. Hibs or Rangers possibly too.

  • swemag

    Jan 29, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #28


    It’s a name, no reason to go all anal about it.

  • Sydney Toon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone think about when we bring in a new head coach, there might be a thought within Charnley and Carr that they could bring a player or two thats on our scouting radar to SJP?
    Just rattling off a few possibilities here:

    McLaren = Will Hughes, Mason Bennett
    Garde = Grenier, Lacazette
    De Boer = Fischer
    Schuster = Marko Marin (from Werder Bremen Days)
    Tuchel = Okazaki

    Those 5 would be my shortlist. And when you look at the fact that 3 out of the 5 are not available till the summer and they would be top of the list it seems, it makes sense why Charnley has taken the Carver option.

    It does also help that we are close to bringing 2 more young spanish starlets and Delli Alli who from what I have read about, is the next Lampard or Gerrard, depending on what you read. With no real official talk of any activity towards our squad, it appears keeping them together under Carver is a cautious option. Then with a young squad, the possible release of Colo, we can have a fresh start to next season, with I believe still a top 10 finish in sight. Im excited to see where De Jong fits back into the squad, along with Cisse and Tiote coming back, there is every chance a Top 10 finish is on the cards.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 29, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Fraid Lacazette is out of our league now, will be playing CL footy next year, either with Lyon or somewhere else. Plus his price will have doubled since last summer.

    Very keen to see Alli come in, will be interesting pre-season to see where him, Lascelles and Darlow are at, plus Perez should be another year stronger.

    Still just need fatty out and right coach appointed.

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #31

    So then,match day is approaching, ooh I felt nervous, it’s gonna be long nervous 16 weeks ahead.Obviously no easy games week in week out.Interesting to see how the players fight and respond.The positive is we have almost full strength squad.Disappointing to see Aarons progress cut short by injuries.He is one of two players I expect to be a game changers,the other is Rtaylor.I am sure they are available in the next two weeks to steer us to victories.Hope we don’t force to sell any player from now on,that is very important.Can’t wait for the Hull game hoping to see sdj and obertan on the bench.Hwtl!!

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Canny in Canberra

    Somehow I can’t see UK law being able to force Ashley out of football – we can’t be inhibiting business success and wealth creation can we.

    I like the idea of psychometrics to assess sincerity being mandatory but would greed-supporting governments enable it? No chance!

    Maybe a lobotomy might stifle his psychopathic tendencies!!

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #33


    ‘It’s a name, no reason to go all anal about it’

    Boom boom!

  • Chris

    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #34

    Is Ed seriously suggesting that this guy would be a suitable replacement for Tiote, if he left?

    I know that the player valuations on the Transfermarkt website aren’t always the most reliable but on there Hadzic is only valued at €1M, so goodness knows where that figure of €5M has come from. If he really was worth that sort of money do you really think that clubs like Leeds and Bournemouth would be chasing him?

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #35


    Nostalgia – it ain’t what it used to be….. Or is it?

  • expatmag

    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #36


    Fair comment. I think there will be a lot of movement out such as

    Krul out……Darlow in
    Williamson out…..Lascelles in
    Ferrerya out…….A N.Other in
    Tiote/Sissoko out……nae fcuker in

  • Santon03

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #37

    I think we already have a new head coach but the club and that person are keeping tight lips about it.
    Carver right now is fighting to build good cv just in case the new head coach wants entirely new staffs.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Tiote wasn’t left out of the game yesterday,he was carried off the pitch by his teammates after their last game and looked in bad shape(injured)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Santon…you think we have the new Head Coach signed up?
    And you think that because?

    …where does all this blind faith come from (and I thought we agreed we were all through with that nonsense)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Santon…you must really have some CRAVINGS 😉

    …go watch that YouTube vid


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