Striker Matthew Rusike is a target for Newcastle United according to the media in Sweden today.

Yesterday (Saturday) saw the end of the Swedish League season and Halmstad were relegated after finishing second bottom of the table.

Forward Matthew Rusike only joined Halmstad this summer, halfway through the season just ended in, agreeing an 18 month deal which saw him leave Kaiser Chiefs in South Africa.

The 25 year old forward is from Zimbabwe and when the contract was agreed, it contained a clause which allowed him to leave if Halmstad were relegated.

A similar arrangement to how Newcastle got Demba Ba on a free from West Ham, though no indication either way as to whether any fee would need to be paid.

Matthew Rusike started 10 league matches for Halmstad and scored four goals, which wasn’t enough to help keep them up. He also once in his only cup appearance for the Swedish outfit.

Swedish media organisation Kvallsposten say that as well as other top flight Swedish clubs showing interest, their information is that Newcastle United have also registered an interest in signing the forward.

Matthew Rusike speaking to Kvallsposten:

“I do not want to comment right now on my destination but I have some things that I’m thinking of, but it’s a little early yet. Hopefully it goes well.

 “I am sure that many teams have looked, and many see when the national team plays. I hope it resolves itself for me and that Halmstad are promoted straight away.”

Journalist – ‘I have heard that Newcastle showed interest?’

“No comments” says Rusike with a big smile’.

On the surface this looks a little unlikely but we all know what Mike Ashley is like for a bargain contract clause deal…