Newcastle United have made a habit out of scouting players in Europe and making a move for them ahead of their Premier League rivals, but it appears that Alan Pardew is trying to hijack Liverpool’s move for AZ Alkmaar midfielder Rasmus Elm.
24-year-old Swedish international Elm seems to be in big demand in England, with both Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish taking a shine to the 6ft midfielder.
The Sun has previously reported that Liverpool had agreed an £8 million fee for Elm who has played 22 times for his country, with a five-year deal worth £40,000 all but signed with his agent Patrick Monk.
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However, earlier this week the Daily Mail ran with the story that Pardew will try and trump Liverpool in any deal for Elm, whose brother David has previously played top flight English football for Fulham.
Neither Pardew or Dalglish were able to watch Rasmus Elm last weekend, as he missed AZ’s match for the birth of his daughter. Kenny is said to be frustrated at a wasted trip, but Elm told De Telegraaf that: “I didn’t know Liverpool [scouts] were in the stadium, But if so, too bad for them.”
Anyway, it’s Graham Carr and the Newcastle scouts that Elm needs to be impressing, not the Liverpool ones, and it seems that his 15 goals in 59 league appearances for AZ over the course of three seasons in Holland has done just that.
With Danny Guthrie likely to leave Newcastle at the end of the season and Dan Gosling out of favour, the Magpies do need to strengthen in the middle of the park and the Swedish international is one option that Pardew is considering.
Here’s what he could offer Newcastle or indeed Liverpool…