According to reports on Saturday, Newcastle United have been watching Andrej Kramaric ahead of this summer’s transfer market.

The Croatian international turns 27 in June and plays as an attacking midfielder/second striker.

After being a big success in Croatian domestic football, Andrej Kramaric was bought for £10m by Leicester back in January 2015.

However, he was given very limited opportunities and started only six Premier League games for the Foxes, scoring two goals, before heading off to Hoffenheim on loan only 12 months later.

With five Bundesliga goals and two assists in the second half of that 2015/16 season, Hoffenheim snapped him up at the end of that season, Leicester losing only a couple of million on the £10m they’d paid 18 months earlier.

Andrej Kramaric’ career has really taken off in Germany and he has featured in all 68 of Hoffenheim’s league matches in these past two years, scoring 28 goals and getting 14 assists. Very impressive to be involved in 42 goals, especially when he has only started 50 of the matches, coming off the bench in 18 others.

The Chronicle report that Newcastle United’s Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson was dispatched to watch Hoffenheim and Andrej Kramaric this season.

However, any Newcastle hopes may have been severely dented by a dramatic end to the Bundesliga season.

Bayern Munich were once again untouchable on 84 points, 21 ahead of runners-up Schalke on 63.

However, the season ended with three clubs separated only by goal difference in the next three places, Hoffenheim on 55 points and only one goal better off than Borussia Dortmund and four goals better than Bayer Leverkusen.

With Hoffenheim looking forward to Champions League football, you have to feel it will take a very good offer for both club and player to be tempted.

The one positive for Newcastle or any other interested club is that Andrej Kramaric wasn’t an automatic starter this season, starting 22 league games and coming off the bench in another 12.

There has been talk of interest from Bayern Munich but the player insists he is only thinking about Croatia and the World Cup at the minute, with ‘plenty of time to discuss a potential transfer.’

Andrej Kramaric does have the profile to suggest he is a player who would be capable of making a big difference in quality for Newcastle but a hard one to land.

Obviously to land the quality required this summer on the left wing and in the two most forward positions especially, we first of all need to see Mike Ashley willing to allow Rafa Benitez the backing needed, before we have any chance of seeing the likes of Kenedy or Andrej Kramaric being realistic targets this summer.

Andrej Kramaric talking to Goal last week:

“I have seen what the media said [about Bayern Munich links] but take it easy, there is plenty of time.

“My priority is the World Cup now.

“There is plenty of time to discuss a potential transfer.

“I am very happy and enjoy being here.

“I have always loved the Bundesliga and coming to Hoffenheim was a great move.

“This is a perfectly organised club.

“The whole team had dinner together yesterday and now we are free for a holiday.

“We deserved it after the great season we have had. I have 11 days until Croatia start their training camp for the World Cup.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Top Scout, who they kidding,
    is this the guy who scouted the Hoss, Manquillo etc.
    i thought when Carr left all would change but it hasn`t nor will it under the Obese One this guy`s just another lackey of the regime

    • Fireman Sam

      If he’s valued at £10m expect penfold slapping in a bid for £3.5m any day now.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That`s about the strength of it, all these players are Pie in the Sky to keep the fools happy & there`s plenty of them around

  • Weyhhadaway

    I want to be a scout for the Toon. Fly all over the world to every iconic or not so iconic football corner of the football universe. Imagine meeting and watching all of those great footballing minds.

    Like this lad, scored a bunch of goals, his team are in the CL next season, going to the World Cup and expecting big clubs to come up with offers. Obviously we will be in with a great shout by offering half the wages and a mid table at best. So as long as you don’t mind being the snot nosed kid with his nose pushed against the shop window then it must be a grand life being a Toon scout.

  • Ivan

    “This is a perfectly organised club.(Hoffenheim)
    That’s us fooked then

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    When things like “Chief Scout” are mentioned then every Newcastle fan should be concerned.
    Like I said in a previous post, They don’t seem like an ownership that is looking to sell but rather a one that is pushing ahead with longer term plans.
    It seems like their terrible so called “Blue Print” for success is being put into action again, In fact it probably never went away !

    I think all this talk does not augur well at all and could be part of a softening up process that is just around the corner, And it is one I dare not type the words to but I think you all know what it will entail !

  • Kneebotherm8

    Two transfer links in one day……….

    • Peaky

      It’s like a summer advent calendar….wake up,open the window and see who we’re signing today…..come close of window ‘eve’ we will open the big special window and find it…..EMPTY…..

      • Kneebotherm8

        Exciting innit………😂😂

      • Steve Smith

        Bas Dost in tomorrow’s window.

        • Peaky

          Have you had a sneaky peak already ???

          • Steve Smith

            It’s a sports direct calendar, same surprise every year.

          • Mxpx

            This is the the year I reckon we get those coverted donay socks

  • Jate Legend

    This is the sort of player we need at first glance. But he’s already failed in the pren and is starting for a team that’s in Tue cl next year. Next..

  • A very decent player to bring. If around 20m should be a no-brainer. Bundesliga football is very tough. If you can score there, you can score in the Prem.

  • Mxpx

    This is a no brainer if we can get him we should

  • 1ewis

    Reminds me of Silvio Maric.