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Newcastle Unlikely To Be Interested In Altintop

We’ve looked over the lists of free agents available this summer, and there are not too many who are under 25 years of age.

Hamit Altintop – Newcastle unlikely to be interested

One of them is Cardiff City’s 23 year-old Joe Ledley, who will probably be leaving Cardiff after they failed again to get promoted to the Premiership.

And we’ve been well aware for some time that Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop becomes a free agent this summer.

The News Of The World first reported a Newcastle interest in the Turkish midfielder in early May, and recently the Guardian has regurgitated that story.

But there are at least a couple of reasons we don’t think Newcastle will be interested.

One is that he’s too old – that’s not coming from us, but we keep hearing from Hughton that he wants young players coming into Newcastle, who can still improve.

The other reason we think Altintop is a non-starter at Newcastle is that his wage demands are probably too high  for a Tyneside club that still needs to get their wage bill under better control.

Gone are the days when Newcastle were a soft touch for players past their best – like Patrick  Kluivert – who we signed as a free agent in July, 2004 and paid him ridiculous wages for a season.

The 27-year-old Bayern midfielder (he’s not 28 as has been reported) is available on a free transfer, but it seems like Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also interested in the versatile Turkish international – which is another reason that Harry will let Jamie O’Hara leave the London club in the summer.

We think there’s no chance at all that Hamit will be arriving on Tyneside this summer, although he’s a very good player, but he just doesn’t fit the profile of players  Chris Hughton wants.

Anyway, that’s the logic we are using.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • G

    May 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Good article Ed, why is there a picture of Jimmy Carr with a suntan though?

  • Widowmaker

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    27 year old is never too old for a midfielder of this quality.

    Yes, PK failed to shine with us but we also had many players well over 26 signed for us and performed. Age should never be a big issue, unless we are taking “re-selling value” as the most important factor in the dealings.

    Are we a youth team or feed club of someone’s?

    Yes, footballers can be product for clubs to generate profits at times, but MA mus realise that the most simple important a FOOTBALL CLUB of Newcastle’s history and size has to be the FOOTBALL ON THE FIELD. His main customers are fans and not other clubs. If the board is so interested in buying young players and sell them when good offer comes, go to get themselve a lower league club.

    Anyway, I am glad we are wasting our time in him as players of his calibre would not sign for us when we are merely looking for staying in the EPL.

    Harsh words, I know. I feel terrible when expressing opinions like this, but I think this is the truth.

  • G

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    A valid opinion Widowmaker, well written and not particularly harsh. All fair comments in my opinion. I personnaly prefer to think of the young players policy being part of the famous ‘5 year / self sustaining’ plan, but the cynic in me cant help but nod when I read your post.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Surely its only an issue how old a player is if we actually intend to pay anything for him? Where its a free transfer are the powers at SJP also insisting on making a profit after a couple of years active service? We won’t make a bob on Cleverly or any other loan signing so what’s the rationale in refusing a 27 year old on a free because he’s too old???? Rubbish!

    Ashley wouldn’t spend Xmas.

    Insisting on the whole Prem windfall to be ploughed back into repay the debt is like wanting to pay off your mortgage in a couple of months. Madness. It could cost us another humiliating relegation.

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Its only under 26 for players we are buying, ie Routledge and Williamson.

    Remember we got Lovenkrands and Pancrate on frees, and Fitz Hall on loan.

  • MarkO

    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    whyy wouldnt we be interested cus hes over 18? i think we would jump at the chance of Altintop

  • jesus was a geordie

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Gerrard, Lampard, Xavi, Iniesta, Robben, Van Der Vart, Arshavin…All midfielders who’re out of our age range…Doesn’t mean they’re not good players. At 27 he’s hardly past it…Beckham at 27 was in his prime!

  • gunnarnufc

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s a very good player that would improve our squad greatly. But i seriously doubt he would want to join us.

  • richietoon

    May 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    IF there is an age limit in place,then sure it is a guideline? it won’t be written in stone because if a quality 27 yr old player becomes available and is affordable and CH wants him then the club won’t pass on him just because of age imo.

  • MacToon

    May 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    “he wants young players coming into Newcastle, who can still improve” and then sell on for a profit!

  • noir9

    May 26, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    The harsh reality of football is that there is a food chain & just about every team will sell players. It makes sense to sign younger players who can develope, ok some will be sold but at least it might be at a profit & we might just get their best years. It doesn’t have to mean we are turning into a “feeder club” after all SBR did sign quite a few players under 26 & I don’t think people saw that as a negative.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 26, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    What a ridiculous thing to say 27 is too old.

    The 25 and under thing has never been confirmed, but i think its more like considerable investment in players, not picking up a champions league final player on a free transfer.


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