Newcastle have been repeatedly linked with SC Heerenveen striker, Alfreð Finnbogason, over the past two seasons - and for bloody good reason, too!
The 24 year-old Icelandic forward has scored 38 goals in 42 games for the Dutch club since his move from Lokeren in August 2012, including 16 goals in 15 games this season. His scoring record is unmatched in the Eredivisie, and he currently stands 7th in the European goalscoring standings, only surpassed by Ronaldo, Diego Costa, Rossi, Ibrahimovic, Suarez and Lewandowski.
He is very strong finisher, who offers a very dangerous counter-attack threat ready to catch the defence off guard with a quick turn of pace. He loves to dribble with the ball, and would combine brilliantly with the mercurial brilliance of Ben Arfa, and balance out the hopefully-imminent return of Cisse’s impulse finishing.
He is also well-known for tracking back and helping out in defence, which of course would be very welcome in a team which has been known for defensive inconsistency.
And yet, in spite of his innumerable benefits, he is criminally cheap. The Mirror reckon he’d be allowed to leave current club, Heerenveen, for just £2m… Yes 2£m.
Though The Mirror isn’t exactly the Mecca of all transfer-news, and has been known to get a lot of things wrong in the past, Heerenveen has several times revealed that they’d be powerless to resist an offer of over £3m due to the economic disparities of Dutch football.
And of course, with a goalscoring record of Finnbrogason’s calibre, the ‘interest’ would never be minimal. Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham and Celtic have all been linked with the player, but none of them to the scale of coverage that Newcastle have attracted on the player.
It seems that Newcastle are more party to buying players in January, and with only player coming in during the Summer months, it seems likely that Newcastle will look to consolidate and strengthen next month in their continual pursuit of European football.
It seems increasingly unlikely that Newcastle will be able to hang on to Loic Remy beyond this season; with a goalscoring record only surpassed by Sturridge, Aguero and Suarez in the league, I struggle to imagine the club will be able to compete with the inevitable interest he’ll attract upon returning to QPR in May.
Finnbogason really does appear to have it all. And for such a small price, I cannot imagine Newcastle would be able to find another striker of his calibre. I think the club have to at least attempt a move for the player in January. Clubs are beginning to swarm, and as we’ve seen in the past, progress and consolidation at our club has been limited by a lack of transfer activity.
£5m in this day and age is measly; pull your finger out, Mike Ashley, because this lad is a rising star.
Here is a video of the boy in action:
What do you think of the lad? Do any of our Dutch readers have anything to say about him?