Striker Turns Down Newcastle Loan Offer But Interested In Permanent Move
A striker who has been regularly mentioned in connection with a move to Newcastle, has now revealed that he was offered the chance to come to St.James’ Park on loan this summer but turned it down.
The 24 year old Icelandic international, Alfred Finnbogason, has scored an impressive 39 goals in 42 domestic matches for Heerenveen in Holland and it isn’t only Newcastle who are claimed to have an interest.
“I was told Newcastle had made a loan offer for me at the end of the transfer window but it wasn’t an option for me to go out on loan – if they do make another offer then I’ll consider it.
If course I’d like to play for Newcastle, they are a great club in the Premier League and St.James’ Park is a great stadium.”
In the past Derek Llambias made clear that Mike Ashley strictly budgeted set amounts for the various transfer windows and wouldn’t deviate from that.
However, he clearly made an exception last January when the five French signings were made, with Llambias again making clear that at least some of those five were signings due to be made this summer but brought forward to help stave off relegation.
Looking glass half full for a moment, Finnbogason’s revelation that Newcastle were trying to take him on loan would reinforce the view that very little money was made available by Ashley this summer. However, it does raise the possibility that the club were trying to make loan deals with a view to making permanent in January when the Newcastle owner may have an amount of money budgeted to be available…or next summer!
Have a look at the footage below of all of Finnbogason’s 24 goals for Heerenveen last season, to me he looks to have the look of his countryman Eidur Gudjohnsen with an all round range of goals and clever finishes. Newcastle of course missed out on Gudjohnsen back in the day, the striker signing for Chelsea instead of United.
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