Allardyce Battles Borussia Dortmund for Czech Defender Rozehnal


Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Czech Republic and PSG center-back David Rozehnal. Sam Allardyce is a big admirer of the Czech and tried to sign him for Bolton only last January.
Once Sam heard he was available he’s gone after him – and this deal may be completed quickly.

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Czech Center-Back David Rozehnal

David Rozehnal is a 6′3″ Czech – and will turn 27 in July – so he’s an experienced center back. He’s played 195 first classclub games and scored 4 goals – and has played about 25 times for the Czech Republic. Rozehnal represented the Czech Republic at the European Championships in 2004 and World Cup in 2006 – and has been at PSG for the last two years where he has been a stalwart at the heart of their defense. He was also recently selected in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season

Borussia Dortmund have been firm favorites to sign the defender but it is being reported there is some trouble with the negotiations between PSG and Dortmund.

Rozehnal’s representatives have now confirmed that Newcastle United are in the running with new manager Sam Allardyce looking for defensive reinforcements.

Rozehnal’s agent Pavel Zika admits negotiations between PSG and Dortmund are not going smoothly:

“After a meeting between PSG and Borussia representatives it seemed the deal would be done easily, but now it looks that the negotiations will be very tough,”

“Also, Newcastle are yet to have their strong say.”

Vikor Kolar – a colleague of Zika, admitted Rozehnal’s future will be decided fairly quickly:

“It will depend which side hand PSG the most financially interesting offer,”

“Both destinations [Borussia and Newcastle] have their magic, but PSG will have the final word. David is going to consider his future after Saturday’s match against Wales.”

If Sam is as keen on him – as it appears – we will have an excellent chance of capturing him – and fairly quickly. Sam’s pitch has got to be good – and we’ll be able to offer Rozehnal much better terms than Burussia Dormund can. With transfer funds available we can also top Burussia Dortmund’s offer to PSG.

Sam just needs to tell him about Ashley’s takeover bid and his plans for the next five years to make the deal. Newcastle also has a history of successful deals with PSG.
We haven’t heard much of Rozehnal – but if he’s good enough for Sam – he’s good enough for Newcastle – who do need a tall commanding figure at the heart of the defense.

Maybe David’s the ticket.

Here are Rozehnal’s career statistics for the three clubs he has played for:


Year                Club                                Games (Goals)

1993 -2003     	 Sigma Olomouc                  72 (2)

2003 - 2005    	 Club Brugge                        50 (1)

2005-   	    Paris Saint-Germain            73 (1)

We may even get to know something on this after Saturday’s game.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Bob

    Jun 1, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #1

    He plays for PSG not PSV as it says. Id like to see allardyce buy big for a centre back, its good that hes not looking to spend all the millions souness did, but a PROVEN (not like boumsong) experinced quality centre back would be better, even if its costs a large chunk of the transfer budget.

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  • Danny G

    Jun 1, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    He looks decent enough and what we need at the moment. What we do need though if our target is the league in the next 3 year is the next John Terry or the next Jamie Carragher.

    If we buy the likes of Curtis Davies now we will be in a better position to push for the league in 3 years when he is settled.

    Same goes with Baines etc

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  • andy

    Jun 1, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #3

    i herd that thins guy would go to who every paid the most money .. is that the player we want at newcastle??

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 1, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Andy – i believe the agent said whoever paid the most to PSG – not the player.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 1, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Bob – right – made the updates.

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  • Ross G

    Jun 1, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #6

    as siad before he is a quality centre half. Old school similar to Hyypia but has years on his side. He is also a very good organiser hence being rated the best centre backl in the French League. I think we should sign him and then bring two more CB in. Ben Haim free, and Davies would be mine or Coliccini. Then Baines and quality RB i would like Neill but unlikely, maybe if we have the money someone like Dani Alves. Giberto is also a good option at LB. Then selling Owen, Parker, Dyer, Carr, Baba, bring in Barton, Reo Coker, Quaresma, Bent. Team: Given, Alves, Rozenhal/Davies, Taylor, Baines, Milner, Barton, Emre/Reo-Coker, Quaresma, Bent, Viduka Bench: Harper, Ben Haim, Duff, Martins, Solano. I know everyone is saying getting people like Fowler, Boateng, etc but we really need to spend big for top players otherwise we will fall from the rest. The best way to do this is to bring in a shock big signing. Get Quaresma, Mavuba, Moutinho, Abidal, Andrade, Coliccini, all these types will signal our intentions to others and we can add to them with more quality, MY MAIN WORRY IS THAT SAM WILL BRING IN OLDER ”GOOD” PLAYERS AND NOT CLASS ACTS.

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  • Soren

    Jun 1, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Ross G – I can agree with you. We simply HAVE to bring in some world class players, at least one. Queresma, Andrade, Coloccini or Moutinho as you said.
    It’s okay to bulk our squad with players like Rozenhal, Boateng and so on, but we do need a class player. And what better opportunity now with all the money that will come to Newcastle.

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  • Cathal

    Jun 1, 2007 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #8

    totally agree about coloccini and andrade-to soren!! i hear the toon are also linked wit rozehnals international collegue tomas uaifuasi(dunno how to spell it) of fiorentina!! and judging by vidics effect on the premiership, bringing in 2 eastern european defenders isnt a bad idea at all!! 2 big strong experience guys!! btw does any1 know how good this fella rozehnal is-an unbiased opinion preferably!! and it was a pity to c parker go, v.good player, i wud like 2 see reo coker as a replace ment mayb?

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  • reggie22

    Jun 1, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #9

    its all well and good sayin tht we need a world class player now but think about it why we aint won nothin for half a centery aint finished in the top half aint even got europe not much pullin power and money aint everything first we need to but the good players to progress then the better players start to come as u get more sucsesssful it will take a few seasons this is my worry we may all to impatient again give things a chance DEVELOPMENT is the key also bein in the wrong part of the country doesnt help attract the europeans next season when we make europe is when we will see the major players start to roll in this season is our stepping stone i think sam will spend enough to get us into europe then go to town next season !

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  • totsy

    Jun 1, 2007 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #10

    there isnt any rush so why go for the big names when we can get “good” players on the cheap and get into europe and then we can atract some big names.

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  • Ross G

    Jun 2, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #11

    reggie22, you say money isnt everything i kind of disagree. Firstly most players these days want the money, but more importantly have 45m to spend signals our intention and therefore makes us an attractive proposition. World Class players at this stage is almost impossible hopefully next season depending on this seasons results. But if we bring in as mentioned before the likes of Quaresma, Van der Vaart, Andrade, Collicini, etc we show intent further we just need that break that big player we have to settle Owen as he is a pull on his own. Selling Parker is not the greatest of moves but hopefully gettin both Barton and Reo-Coker will start the base of a top midfield. Then we can get these bigger players in. I would also like to state that football is a business and its imperitive we buy players on the right side of 26 so we dont end up doing a Luque again and selling for nothin or 5% of what we paid.
    Getting rid of dead wood is imperitive too. I would go for something like this-new squad. (in order of starting preference)

    GK: Given, Harper, Krul (sorted no need for buying here)
    LB: Baines(5m)/Gilberto(6m), Ramage (Like O’Shea nothin special does a job)
    RB: Van den Borre (6m), Solano (top back up)
    CBL: Taylor, Ben Haim(Free)
    CBR: Coliccini (6m), Davies (8m, quality future him and Tayls)
    LM: Quaresma (9m), Duff, N’Zogbia
    RM: Jesus Navas (12m)/ Wright-P (8M), Milner
    CML: Barton(5.5m), Emre
    CMR: Van der Vaart (5m), Butt
    STL: Owen, Martins, Ameobi
    STR: Gudjohnsen (8M), Viduka (free)

    Loan out Edgar, Huntington, Pattison, O’Brien, Carroll maybe Jrul, and Ramage

    Total out: 8m,7m,1m,1m= 17m = 45m+17m = 62m
    Total in= 62m

    I personally think this will happen, Parker, Owen, and one of the full backs will go. Then we will bring in Viduka, Ben Haim, Barton, Rozenhal. I think Baines may come but more likely to go to somewhere else unless we move quickly (same i fear with Barton, then go for Reo-Coker). I also think we will spend a maximum of 20m, and the average age of players brought in will be over 25. This is Sams way.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 2, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Ross G – reggie22 – that’s a good discussion – but wonder what Sam is thinking – if you bring in a whole lot of players and clear out dead wood out (we MUST clear away the deadwood) then it will take some time for this new team to play together. Seems like Sam is trying top get new players in quickly – and that will help – but I wonder if he wants to do it in stages – not sure we will see any mega buys from Sam in th summer – he seems to know what he wants with the players already being mentioned. We should try to keep Owen – bring in a new defense – but we need to keep the core – Butt is going to be important and maybe is new captain. As Sam says he needs wiuns quickly – to buy him time. Think the biog buys will probably come next summer – but he must have a good season – like top 6 and maybe a cup final – and hey – maybe a trophy !!
    It will be interesting when Ashley talks to Sam – once he gets control.
    As Newcastle fans – all this seems almost unbelievable 😀

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  • Ebol

    Jun 2, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Why is anyone talking about buying right wingers when we have a potential world-class player in James Milner and as good a backup as any team could want in Nobby Solano?

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