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?

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