Newcastle Linked With Turkish International Winger

The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are interested 22 year-old winger Kerim Frei who now plays for Besiktas in Turkey but was on Fulham’s books for a couple of years from 2011.

Obviously he was very young when he was at Fulham where he played 33 times with one goal and was loaned out to Cardiff City in late 2012 where he played 3 times for the then Championship side.

Since moving to Besiktas over two years ago he has been a regular starter until this season and has played 73 times with 6 goals.


Kerim Frei while at Fulham

Kerim was born in Feldkirch, Austria to a Turkish father and a Moroccan mother and was raised in Switzerland and he therefore qualified to play for four different countries.

He played for all the Swiss Youth sides through U21 but he then switched his allegiance to Turkey back in 2012 and has played 4 times for the full national side after playing 4 times for the U21 side.

It seems odd that Newcastle are linked with this player who has played 15 times this season with two goals, but he is not getting the amount of playing time he wants at Besiktas this season.

Frei is no longer a starter at the Turkish club since new manager Senol Gunes has come in to replace Slaven Bilic. who went to manage West Ham in the summer.

It seems that Newcastle are keen to bring in a winger next month and we have also been linked with Andros Townsend of Tottenham.

The 24 year-old England International would be much less of a risk than this lad who Graham Carr has reportedly been watching.

But of course Frei would be a lot cheaper than Townsend but with cheapness comes risk as we keep finding out – and sometimes that risk can be considerable.

The player wants to move in January to get more first team opportunities, so we suppose he would be available but we’d be a bit surprised if he is really in the sights of Newcastle.

He does have some Premier League experience having played 23 times in the Premier League over two seasons with Fulham and he does have pace and he can play on either wing.

Norwich and West Brom are also interested in the player – so no big clubs are in for him.

As we said Frei would probably come cheap – but how many times have we brought in cheaper players in who just don’t make it on Tyneside?

He would be a risk compared to Andros Townsend.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    The problem with Townsend is that he isn’t very good!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Are you now saying you would be happy if the club didn’t sign anyone and kept hold of our senior players in January? Bit of a change from your end of window assertions that it was three windows and we would be buying again in Jan? When I said back then that the club didn’t like doing business in January you said I was wrong and pointed to the three window comment as evidence. Now it is notoriously difficult?

    As it is, I think we will buy in Jan, whether we get why we need, rather than what is a ‘bargain’ and whether the original plan is still in place is a different matter. Matip won’t join unless we over pay. The Ronny ran an article saying Matip wasn’t keen on moving to Newcastle, but does want to play in the Prem, so enough cash could persuade him. He isn’t what we need anyway, more of a defensive midfielder than a centre half, and not the creative ball playing cm we need.

  • firebug666

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    A right footed winger who regularly plays on the left, Frei has pace and dribbling ability, but has been frozen out at Besiktas since the departure of Slaven Bilic.

    So he hasn’t played a game all season then! Perfect for us, get him signed up.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    The problem with Townsend is he isn’t a good winger, he picks up numerous injuries, and has an attitude problem. 23 and started just 34 Premier league games. Tells a story.

    Wouldn’t want him anywhere near the club. I’d rather Sissoko stayed on the right, even though he is hardly great shakes out there. Both can run, but neither have much more to offer.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    We don’t really need inverted wingers, like Townsend or Frei. We need someone who can get outside his man and deliver a good cross for Mitro to attack.

  • cyprus

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #6

    We should just bring in one player, a game changer, for 10 to 15 mil.

    I’m not sure that’s Townsend, though I do like him. Though what I don’t like is that apparently he’s demanding first team play. Only Messi should get that kind of guarantee. In fact, not even him.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    A centre half and a centre mid would be sufficient for me to see us through to the summer. If we still have £100million left of the alleged £150million then it shouldn’t be an issue to spend £15-20 million on each of those this window leaving £60 for the summer.

    I think those two are key areas. Allow Willo to head back to Wolves, let Goofy or Marveaux head off to France. If we went for a centre forward as well, I’d happily see Rivi be shipped off as well.

    Will we do that? I won’t hold my breath….


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