Newcastle Face Real Competition For Croatian International

Rafa Benitez is interested in 26-year-old Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric who joined the German club two years ago from Leicester City.

Interestingly the report is in the Leicester Mercury.

Kramaric has been included in the Croatia squad for the World Cup, and he has played well in the Bundesliga over the last season.

In 42 total games he scored 13 goals and had 9 assists, and he has 29 caps for Croatia with 8 goals.

26-year-old Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric

Kramaric played for all the Croatia youth sides and started his career at his hometown club Dinamo Zagreb.

This is not the first time we have been linked with the Croatian this year, but now the report suggests that German powerhouse Bayern Munich are also interested in signing the forward.

Rafa is interested in bringing players in who can score goals, and it will not just be out-and-out strikers.

If Bayern are really interested in this player, it may be difficult for Newcastle to attract the player unless he is keen to play again in the Premier League.

But Lee Charnley and Rafa are now hard at work on transfers, and we should see our first transfer – incoming or outgoing – very soon.

The Chronicle mentioned yesterday that this summer could be one of the most significant transfer windows for Newcastle for a very long time.

Maybe the biggest ever regarding the total number of players leaving and joining the club

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9 comments so far

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    May 23, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry, repost from previous… Bus moved…

    Reading through yesterday’s posts and I personally find myself, like a lot of the silent majority who would agree with what bobbybee has said regarding no news on the Rafa contract situation is good news.

    Rafa’s integrity can not be questioned, I don’t believe he has ever initiated the breaking of a contract in his managerial career. If his contract is through to next summer then I will worry about him extending it a little further in future. He hasn’t cryptically threatened to go if he doesn’t get what he wants, I believe he is saying he won’t carry the rebuild past next summer if the owner doesn’t play ball, he is not interested in any other clubs and I when he says that his relationship with Ashley isn’t bad then I’ll take him at his word.

    In ideal world he would have the freedom of the club and a very long term contract but that’s not the case, Im greatful for every day he is here improving us and long may it continue but he is here for the here and now and that’s enough for me given the uncertainty that we have suffered of late with a reckless owner at the top of the tree for 11 odd years or so.

    I believe his brinkmanship with Ashley will pay off… You can see the cracks appearing with Ashley, I think he will reasonably do all he can to keep him, but Rafa will make his point that he is not to be f@cked with!

    The futures bright… The future is Rafa

    But I will be gutted if Arma gets cut loose but it makes a difference now that solace can be sought from it being a decision made by a manager that seldom gets it wrong.


  • RobLeenio

    May 23, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Hail from previous, thanks for posting. I was going to ask how these accounts actually translated for the layman – I could read them all day and not know what I was looking for.

    Hate that the club decided to put such a different spin on them – leaves a bad taste in the mouth, shows a certain lack of respect IMO

  • Jib

    May 23, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    If you could read accounts all day and not know what you was looking for.


    What gives you the authority to say

    Hate that the club decided to put such a different spin on them –
    leaves a bad taste in the mouth, shows a certain lack of respect IMO

  • DubaiMicky

    May 23, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    How did this gadgee do at Leicester? I would think that’s more pertinent than how he’s done in Croatia.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 23, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Should the title not read “NUFC face Bayern competition…..”?

  • Jib

    May 23, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    20 games 4 goals
    For Croatia who are no slouches
    29 games 8 goals

  • runheed

    May 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I understand what rob is getting at jib. I think your comment misses the point a bit. Any business seeking to reduce tax will seek to present data that minimises profit and maximises costs. That what this is.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Hoffenheim 33 in 83 games, that’s not bad (From his Wiki page).

    Didn’t hack it in the EPL though, Leicester bought him for £9m.

  • kc2012

    May 23, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Decent player but I’d rather take Balotelli on a free and spend this lads transfer fee on getting Kenedy in or another flair player like Quincy Promes. If Bayern are interested in him and are set to lose Lewandowski then there’s only one place he’s heading really


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