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Newcastle Linked With Phenomenal Goalscorer

8:43 am, Friday, June 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

Eran Zahavi

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It’s not a strong league in Israel to be sure, but the withdrawn striker has also scored 8 goals in just 11 Champions League matches.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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Jun 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Martoon, me and my lad got our letters weeks ago marra, it might be wise to contact the club. Are you on the ten year deal? If so, it probably won’t matter because your seat is safe unless you opt out at any time, but if it’s a simple renewal you should’ve had that letter by now. Just give em a bell mate, you don’t want somebody getting your seat. Chances are the letter just got lost – as happens. If you’re on direct debit and the money has continued to be taken then i think the letter got lost.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    I think I nabbed your seats yesterday 😀

  • 3 emperor // Jun 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    “sensational goalscorer” you cant give that accolade unless they play in a top league

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Teh this is like Doumbia all over again. Not proven in the top leagues.

  • 5 JAMSHA // Jun 10, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Get Him Wont Be Worse Than Cisse Or Rivera, In Rafa We Trust

  • 6 aerojonz // Jun 10, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Zehavi plays for Maccabi Tel-Aviv, not Maccabi Haifa. Don’t think he would be a great buy, but could surprise us.

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