Newcastle United and Southampton scouts were spotted in Slovenia yesterday to watch the PrvaLiga match between Maribo and Viktoria Plezen and according to the Daily Mail, the players of their radars were Maribor duo Agim Ibraimi and Goran Cvijanović.
Maribor, who are known as the Violets, won the Slovenian PrvaLiga last year and a few of their players have been attracting interest from clubs across Europe.
Agim Ibraimi is a winger who has plenty of international experience, having played 21 times for Macedonia and scoring on five occasions.
The 24-year-old has been prolific while at Maribor as well, netting 17 times in 55 league appearances and winning a host of awards as a result, including Macedonian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and the PrvaLiga’s best player for the 2012/13 season.
Ibraimi is thought to be available for around £3 million, which would be good business for a player who could fit the left wing position that Newcastle are looking to strengthen.
The other Maribor player being watched was midfielder Goran Cvijanović, who is a versatile player and can also play on the left hand side.
The 26-year-old was being watched by Southampton in particular according to reports and has already racked up over 100 appearances for the Violets in three years.
Goran comes from a family of footballers as his cousin Miroslav also plays in the PrvaLiga for Krka, and Cvijanović would probably be the cheaper of the two Maribor players.