Newcastle were interested in Swedish and Manchester City striker John Guidetti three years ago, when he was on loan at Feyenoord and had a great season with 20 goals in 23 appearances for the famous Dutch club.
John Guidetti – on loan at Celtic
Since 2010 Guidetti has been on loan at various clubs, and this season he is on loan at Celtic, and has scored 15 goals and 12 assists in 34 appearances for the Scottish giants.
The one thing that alerts Newcastle to good players is the potential of getting a good deal – make that a cheap deal – and this summer Guidetti becomes a free agent when his contract at Manchester City finally runs out.
The twice capped Swedish International played 17 times for the Swedish U21 side and scored 9 goals, and he is wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, which is not surprising.
The 23 year-old hasn’t been given much of a chance at City, and he has played only once for their first team in the League Cup a few years ago, but on loan over the last four or five years at various clubs he’s played 77 first team games with 39 goals and 22 assists.
And in addition he has made 29 appearances for the Manchester City U21 side with 20 goals and 6 assists – so he looks to be a good player – if given a chance.
The news today is that Newcastle have only recently become interested again in the 6ft 1 ins striker, although Marseilles are also tracking the player, and Feyenoord are said to be in negotiations with the player.
The reports suggest that John will wait until the end of the season before making a decision as to which club he will sign for, and some of that is out of respect to Celtic.
The Celtic fans have taken the striker to heart, and he has an excellent relationship with them, which isn’t that surprising.
We think John would be a decent signing for Newcastle, and he’s certainly a natural goalscorer who is also a physical type of player.
But we have to admit if Newcastle appoint either Steve McClaren or John Carver as the head coach in May, it’s going to be very difficult for us to attract top players to a club which has only limited ambitions – other than tho stay in the Premier League to pick up the big money every May.
It’s a worrying thought.
What do you think?