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Newcastle Seriously Interested In Swedish U-21 International

5:25 pm, Sunday, July 31st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Newcastle have already been linked a few times this summer with Swedish U-21 International Felip Helander who currently plays for Hellas Verona in Italy who were relegated to Serie B last season.

The 23 year-old 6ft 4ins central defender only moved to Italy from Malmo last summer on a four year deal – and Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting today in Italy that Newcastle have shown serious interest in this player.


Filip Helander in action for Hellas Verona

We have a number of reports on the blog in the first half of this month that linked us with this player, so that’s not a surprise.

The question is if he wants to leave Italy, presumably because he’s playing in the second division there, would he be willing to join Newcastle who are in England’s second division next season?

Last season Felip played 26 times for Verona with a couple of goals.

Helander had been at his home town club Malmo for four seasons before he moved to Italy – and he played 94 times with 3 goals for them during that time.

He made his debut for Verona last September against Inter-Milan in a 1-0 defeat at the San Siro and then he started the next game against Lazio.

In the first half of that game Helander scored his first goal for the club, but Verona ended up losing 2-1 to the Rome club.

He has been capped at Swedish U-17 and U-19 level and played 19 times for the Sweden U-21 side from 2012 through last year.

Since Newcastle currently have only three recognized center-backs in Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley maybe Rafa wants to bring in a fourth to round out the squad?

Newcastle do have players like Jesus Gamez, Issac Hayden, Paul Dummett and Daryl Janmaat who can play in central defense so we would be a little surprised if Rafa is after another center-back.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:28 PM


    39SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Saw an article earlier about the gallows ate flags, great idea, I’ve been in the SanSiro for The Nilan Derby and the flag display before kick off was an awesome sight.
    Think the club should hand out some more free black & white scarves. I’m sure one of Ashley’s sweatshops could knock them out for pennies. The twirling scarves all round the ground is an amazing thing and would certainly put off or distract opposing teams. Helps keep the atmosphere up as well rather than people sat with their phones in their hands.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    great to see this….

  • 3 SPRINGY // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    i wonder if this is just a rehash of an old story,we were linked with him about 3-4 weeks back, but a few of the swedish folk on here didnt rate him to good if i remember rightly.

  • 4 SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Exactly Springy, for the sake of say £25k to buy 50,000 scarves, it would be a brilliant investment.
    Just hand them out at the enter acne and collect them in at the exits.

  • 5 SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Springy, desperate agent trying to get his client a move from relegated team, nah that would never happen!

  • 6 SPRINGY // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    haha enter acne!lol

  • 7 SPRINGY // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    im sure it was pretty much shot down as soon as it was mentioned last time,the unwashed maybe after him like,rumours were kone was on his way to everton…another player we should of got in january.

  • 8 Our Toon // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:52 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 95
    League Cup round: 4th round
    FA Cup round: 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) Knockaert if we sign him, if not Ritchie

    Top goal scorer (TGS) mitro
    No. of goals for TGS: 20

  • 9 SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Clearly my iPad typing has gone to rcap today!

  • 10 ShirebrookToon // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Haha think it’s time to get ya coat sutty lol

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    A lot of you have been asking “G2 is it true you have issued a fatwa on Fulham?” Yes, it is true. They deserve it. They must be defeated at all costs. No amount of cheese will save them from wor powerful attack mates. Huzzah!!!

  • 12 manxpie // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:01 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 106
    League Cup round: final
    FA Cup round: QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) Ritchie

    Top goal scorer (TGS) gayle
    No. of goals for TGS: 24

  • 13 cyprus // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    So Ben Rafa to PSG, the most expensive team in the world. Not sure why we don’t build our teams around world class players, instead outcasting them. Because they can’t tackle or won’t defend. It’s like complaining that a Ferrari is terrible off road.

    Football needs grafters but it’s these special ones who win you games.

    Dropping HBA subject, was reminded of it because he’s on TV now, repeat, ripping poor Leicester apart; just thinking how we waste talent, through the years.

  • 14 ShirebrookToon // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Try the leerdam G2 mate. It worked for us yesterday 🙂

  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:05 PM


    Sutty- Hell yeah!! I loved seeing those black n white scaves swirl round over each toon loving geordie in the stands. What an amazing sight that was 52000 scarves being swang around St James’. Miss that immensely. More flags and sacarves on every match day. And more signing! Mix it up a bit too as we need more easy to follow and distintive songs sang around the park. When there ia a great atmosphere in the aradium we usually play amazing football.

    Bring back those days ASAP I say!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    My predictions:
    Top Championship manager: Rafa
    Most fatwas issued: G2
    Best Tea Lady: Newcastle United
    Least Goals scored by a player: Rivi with 0.
    Best winger Championship: Ritchie (10 goals, 12 assists)
    GK with skinniest feet: Krul, 3 inches
    Most Ferocious Stare, Championship: Mitro

  • 17 SUTTY1978 // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    G2 – Best Tea Lady: Newcastle
    Surely you mean Tea boy (Charnley)?

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    I was hoping Charnley was the Tea Boy Sutty mate. It’s the perfect position for him. 😆

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    I like those predictions manxpie mate!

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    All right I admit it. I’m a bit concerned for our defense if McCormack plays but possibly he’ll be off to Norwich by then.

  • 21 Jib // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 31, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Anyone know much about Felip Helander according to media claims TOON have made enquiries.

    Swedish Centre Half 6’4?
    In Brazil with Sweden for the Olympics – plays for Hellas Verona managed by Rafa’s ex assistant manager
    This was all reported by me 3weeks ago
    Keep up son

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Thaujam is finally on his way to Italy. I think we can get KnockClarts and a couple of other decent players before the window closes. I’m very calm, cool and collected this season. We’re getting ready to get this party started!

  • 23 JamesToon // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Jesus Christ wolves signing Talisca from Benfica for £20m!!!

  • 24 JamesToon // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    They’re also getting Muriel which means they could be a force this season

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    You predict a League Cup final for us manxpie mate. Will we win it?

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Is that Muriel Adams the noted soprano JamesToon mate?

  • 27 HarriboNo9 // Jul 31, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Reports wrong ed it’s Sunderland that’s interested in McNair and this guy, you took it that it was Newcastle when report said a Tyne club interested

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