The Sun is reporting that Newcastle’s Spanish manager Rafa Benitez wants to bring 28 year-old Maccabi Haifa forward Eran Zahavi to St. James’ Park this summer.
The attacking midfielder will be 29 next month and was named the Israeli Footballer of the Year twice back in 2013 and 2014 and In December 2014, Zahavi broke the Israeli Premier League record by scoring in 18 consecutive games.
Zahavi has a phenomenal scoring record since joining Maccabi Haifa in January of 2012 from Palermo.
28 year-old Maccabi Haifa forward Eran Zahavi
He has scored 125 goals in 168 appearances and last season scored 48 goals in 55 total games.
It’s not a strong league in Israel to be sure, but the withdrawn striker has also scored 8 goals in just 11 Champions League matches.
The Sun is reporting the forward is liked by Rafa Benitez and is at the top of his list of transfer targets for this summer.
However, the player does not have a lot of experience in the top leagues in Europe and the fee is not mentioned, but it could be that Zahavi could be a fairly reasonable buy for Newcastle this summer.
Yesterday Rafa had said the club are working very hard on transfers and that things were very positive, so we have to assume some deals are close to being completed.
We hope some deals are close to being completed.
Zahavi does not play as an out-and-out striker but more in the number 10 role behind the main striker – and it’s not known how much the Israeli club would want for their star player.
In his career so far, which started at Hapoel Tel Aviv back in 2006, he has played in 345 games and scored 170 goals and he’s been at five different clubs.
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