Newcastle have been interested in German International forward Sidney Sam this season, and the 27 year-old has just been released yesterday by his club Schalke with immediate affect, as announced on the club web-site, and Newcastle may now be able to sign the free agent this summer.
Sidney Sam – 27 year-old Schalke winger/forward
There seems to have been some reaction at the Gelsenkirchen club at losing 2-0 in their last game at Cologne, and they have released midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and forward/winger Sam.
Their midfielder Marco Hoger has also been suspended, and it seems the action were not taken by manager Roberto di Matteo but by their Sporting Director Horst Heldt, whoi let’s say was not pleased with either the performance or the result in Cologne.
Newcastle are always been interested in free agents – mainly because they are cheap – and since Sam was already a Newcastle target, we would expect Newcastle to move in and try to sign the 27 year-old, but there will be other – maybe bigger clubs – also likely to be interested in the winger.
And any deal would be dependent on Newcastle staying in the Premier League, and indeed if we are relegated Newcastle would need to move for other players than most of those we have been scouting this season.
Sam used to play for Hamburg, but then moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 and only joined Schalke sixteen months ago on a four year contract for a £2M transfer fee.
Sidney Sam has played for all the German youth sides and five times for the full German side.
He would be a good buy and the price would be good – so that will interest owner Mike Ashley for sure.