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 â€“ and this deal may be completed quickly.
Czech Center-Back David Rozehnal
David Rozehnal is a 6â€²3â€³ Czech – and will turn 27 in July â€“ so heâ€™s an experienced center back. Heâ€™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.
Rozehnalâ€™s representatives have now confirmed that Newcastle United are in the running with new manager Sam Allardyce looking for defensive reinforcements.
Rozehnalâ€™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 Rozehnalâ€™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.