Exclusive reports Newcastle ready to sign Maccabi Tel Aviv striker
A Monday morning exclusive claims that Vidar Orn Kjartansson is the striker Rafa Benitez is going to bring in this week.
The transfer deadline ends on Thursday and it is claimed the 27 year old is set to arrive on Tyneside to add to the manager’s striking options.
Make of it what you will but the exclusive has been ran by The Star and says Newcastle are ready to ‘swoop’ and pay £8m for the Icelandic international.
They report that Newcastle sent scouts to watch Vidar Orn Kjartansson play for Maccabi Tel Aviv star in Austria earlier this month, when he scored the only goal of the match in his team’s Europa League win over Rheindorf Altach.
Then on Thursday he scored again as Maccabi Tel Aviv qualified for the Europa League group stages when drawing 2-2 in the return match.
Vidar Orn Kjartansson has actually already started seven Europa League matches and scored four times, with the Israeli side having to progress through a series of rounds to reach the competition proper.
Having started playing competitive games in early July, if there is any serious Newcastle interest then at least the striker will be match fit if he signs.
Kjartansson arrived in Israel last summer and started 30 league games (sub in another three) and scored 19 goals.
He arrived from Malmo in a £3m deal having scored 14 goals in 18 league starts (2015/16) in the Swedish league.
Barely unpacking his suitcase, the forward scored 9 league goals in 22 starts for Jiangsu Suning (China) in 2014/15, 25 in 29 league starts for Valerenga (Norway), and 13 in 22 league starts for Fylkir in his final season in domestic Icelandic football.
So he has shown he can score score goals in Iceland, Norway, China, Sweden and Israel, but could he do it on a sunny day at St James Park in the Premier League?
He played 13 minutes as a sub in three appearances of qualifying for the Euros in France but didn’t make the squad for the finals, whilst he has made four appearances (only one start) in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia next year (Iceland currently joint top of the group with Croatia on 13 points after six games).
The transfer stories are set to come thick and fast in these remaining 72 hours but despite his goals in weak leagues, and the Icelandic national side doing so well, hard to see somebody who is a fringe player for Iceland being able to come in and do play an instant role in the Premier League.
Coincidentally, it is exactly a week ago when Steve McClaren finally was revealed as having a new job, as ‘Coaching Consultant’ at…Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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