St James Park boss keen on Hamburg striker.
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Hamburg striker Mladen Petric as Alan Pardew looks to bring in new attacking options following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January. The Croatian international is perhaps best known in England for scoring the crucial winner in a Euro 2008 fixture that put paid to Steve McClaren’s chances of qualification.
The powerfully built 30 year old has been a big success since his move to the Bundesliga in 2007 where he spent one season at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Hamburg’s Imtech Arena in the summer of 2008. Petric has gone on to become a consistent marksman and has netted 11 goals thus far this term.
Pardew is currently having to make do with a fairly average selection of strikers at his disposal after seemingly not having enough to bring in an adequate replacement for Carroll, who left on transfer deadline day. The Magpies currently rely on the likes Shola Ameobi, Shefki Kuqi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best, all of whom are hard working if not prolific striking options. Also available for the St James’ Park boss is youngster Nile Ranger who shows great potential.
Petric may well be tempted by a move to the Premier League having plied his trade in exclusively in Switzerland before his move to Germany. A move for the experienced striker would cost Newcastle in the region of £8-10m and would presumably be a purchase that owner Mike Ashley would be able to cover given the £35m received from Liverpool.