Ibraimi plays down Magpies link

27 October 2009 07:09
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Young Macedonian striker Agim Ibraimi has played down speculation linking him with a move to Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton's Magpies, as well as Belgian side Anderlecht, are thought to be scouting the 21-year-old, who plays for Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana.

The striker is attracting attention after scoring for Macedonia Under 21s against England Under 21s earlier this month, while he also made his debut for the senior side as a substitute in the 3-2 friendly defeat to Spain in August.

But Ibraimi has played down the speculation, insisting he is happy at his current club.

He told Zelenobeli: "Newspapers are saying many things, but I'm still an Olimpija player.

Happy"I'm happy in Ljubljana and would like to stay at Olimpija."

Olimpija director of sport Simon Seslar said no bids have been lodged for the player, but if any are made, any deal would have to be right for the club.

He told Nogomania: "It is more than obvious that Ibraimi is very interesting player.

"He plays well for our team and also for the Macedonian national team.

"But even so we still haven't had any official offers for him."

GrowingHe added: "Agim is growing as a player and if he gets an offer to move to a higher level, we will not stand in his way.

"But the offer must also be good enough for us. We have to look at us, even more so now in these hard times when every pound is very important."

But Seslar did not rule out a possible move in the January transfer window if the right offer came in.

He added: "Him leaving us in the winter? Maybe."

Source: SKY_Sports