The latest player Newcastle are being linked with for a January move is 25 year-old Ukrainian International Andriy Yarmolenko who currently plays for Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Yarmolenko looks a very good player who has played 52 times with 20 goals for his country and 274 times for Dynamo Kiev with 103 goals and 74 assists and that´s a very good record.
Andriy Yarmolenko in Ukraine´s colors
As well as having pace and terrific skills he stands just under 6´ 3″ tall and is a versatile player who has usually played on the right wing for his club.
Here is a good player who can both score goals and create goals and that´s something that is lacking at the moment with the Newcastle side.
As with most of our targets for January his contract runs out next June at Kiev, so it´s possible Newcastle could get the player in at a decent price, and he certainly looks like he would be a very good addition to our squad.
He was born in St Petersburg in 1089 in the then Soviet Union, of Ukrainian parents, and the family moved back to Ukraine shortly after he was born.
Andriy has been at Kiev since 2007 and over the last couple of years he has been heavily linked with Chelsea, and the news going around at the moment is that Barcelona are very interested in signing him in January – when they can sign players again.
We don’t know if this news is accurate, first mentioned in the Chronicle, but his wage demands are rumored to be high.
The problem Newcastle will have is that bigger clubs than Newcastle will also be keen on getting the services of the Ukrainian International at a reduced price in January.
If Chelsea and Barcelona are really interested in the player we will have no chance of signing him.
We cannot offer him European football and if we are at or near the bottom of the league come January it will be difficult for Newcastle to attract many good players at all – simply because we may be relegated in May.
That´s only if we are near the bottom of the league at the tunr of the year – and is another reason why our eleven league games left this year are vitally important.