Sunderland and Newcastle both appear to be in the running to sign Bayern Munich bench warmer Ivica Olic. The Croatian striker has become surplus to requirements at Bayern due to the success of the current partnership of Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller and the 32 yr old former Hamburg star is becoming increasingly frustrated as he looks to see out his career on the pitch rather than on the bench.
The once highly sort after striker has revealed to Munich’s Tz newspapers that a move is all but inevitable, “I want to play more” says Olic, “I want to have fun for another two years … I am not the type of player who comes on towards the end of the game. That is not enough for me”.
His revelation has put the Tyneside clubs on alert as both sides look to strengthen for entirely different reasons. Newcastle’s interest is simply to bolster a flying front line. Alan Pardew is enjoying a fine run of form with his side in early contention for a place in Europe and Pardew will be keen to ensure that he has sufficient attacking options to continue his side’s progression in the league.
Sunderland, however need as much help as they can get with their current form anything but consistent. Manager Steve Bruce will be hoping that the Croatians wealth of experience could be a catalyst for driving his men forward and pushing themselves up the league. They are no strangers to acquiring the services of out-of-favour players with striker Nicholas Bendtner being the most notable. The on-loan Arsenal youngster is yet to find any sort of form but the possible arrival of Ivica Olic could add a little more spice to the Danes attack.
There is no question that Olic will move when the January transfer window opens but where he ends up could be anyone’s guess. At 32 the Croatian would love to add the Premiership to his impressive CV but the concern would be whether he would simply be able to keep up with the pace. And Olic has been subsequent to interest from the Premiership in the past with Tottenham having enquired about the player but for reasons unknown to the media, a move to England never materialised. He would be a welcome addition to either Tyneside club although it’s hard to not see him in a similar bench-warming position again at Newcastle especially as the squad is so finely tuned at the moment.
But if Olic does arrive in the Premiership and gets the opportunity to play every week then we could just have the exciting prospect of watching an old pro enjoy his swansong in the best league in the world. And that’s something every football fan can take pleasure in.