By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are plotting a late swoop for Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson, according to a report.
The Daily Star have claimed on their website that the Magpies checked on the 27-year-old forward in Austria earlier this month, when he bagged the only goal of the match in his side’s Europa League victory over Rheindorf Altach.
It is also detailed that Kjartansson himself had a trial with Celtic four years ago before moving to Norway with Valerenga, where he finished as the top scorer with 25 goals in 29 matches.
The £8million-rated hitman has been capped 14 times at international for Iceland, bagging just the one goal.
However, it is at club level where he boasts a prolific record and last season saw him score a very impressive 24 goals in 42 matches in all competitions with the Israeli giants.
Newcastle, meanwhile have already added striker Joselu to their side this summer, but they could be looking to add further firepower as they attempt to stay within the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Kjartansson’s scoring record does look fantastic. However, his international record does not read too well and that is the one that Newcastle should be taking a look at due to the level being a lot higher than the leagues he has played in. For Iceland he has bagged just the once in 14 outings and that shows there is no guarantees that he will be a success in England. Now, Kjartansson could prove to be a very smart buy for Newcastle, but as they aim for Premier League survival the club cannot start taking risks on players like the Icelandic striker.
In other Newcastle transfer news, a winner has been named in the race for international striker the Magpies hopes to sign this week.