News that Newcastle are interested in signing former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, who at 35 has just been released by Greek side PAOK after one year at the club, when he scored 5 goals in 25 appearances.
There are various reports that the 35 year-old striker is in talks with two Championship clubs and since Newcastle have money and we found it difficult to score goals last season – we suppose it’s natural for journalists to bring up Newcastle as one of the possible suitors.
Dimitar Berbatov tackled by Cheick Tiote while the Bulgarian was at Fulham
The Bulgarian striker still has class but his style of play and age probably wouldn’t attract Rafa Benitez.
Rafa is building a squad for the future at Newcastle and wants players who can mature into good Premier League players once we are hopefully promoted next May.
Berbatov scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria and former Newcastle great Alan Shearer was his idol when he was growing up.
Newcastle have just signed 25 year-old Dwight Gayle for around £9M from Crystal Palace and we probably need one more striker brought in to challenge Aleksandar Mitrovic in the coming season.
But Rafa will not pay a massive £15M for Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who Newcastle have been linked with over the summer, but he turns 30 in August.
Local lad 19 year-old Adam Armstrong is also available and could make the Newcastle first team squad for next season.
Dimitar scored 46 goals in 102 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and then scored 56 goals in 149 appearances after his big money move to Manchester United for £31M in the summer of 2008.
It’s a good story but we are sure Rafa is not interested – but we’ve been wrong before.