Czech David Rozehnal on His Way to Newcastle

As we reported in our story a few days ago Newcastle were seriously bidding for Czech Republic international David Rozehnal – and we indicated this deal could be wrapped up very quickly since Rozehnal was to decide between Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle over the weekend.

It looks like this deal may be wrapped up in a couple of days since Burussia have pulled out of the deal – as they have been outbid by Newcastle.


David Rozehnal

Sam Allardyce went to watch Rozehnal play at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in the 0-0 draw between Wales and the Czech Republic.

Sam must have liked what he saw because Borussia Dortmund have conceded defeat in their pursuit of the Czech Republic International which leaves the way clear for Sam to bring Rozehnal to Newcastle.

Sam Allardyce is prepared to up Dortmund‘s previous £2.3M bidby £1M to land the 26-year-old defender who stands 6’ 3”.

Borussia Dortmund manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker:

“We were keen on him long before the English registered their interest, but Paris won’t allow him to join us.

“Financially we have gone as far as possible and we won’t be part of a bidding race.

“We won’t and we can’t afford to spend 5million euros (£3.3M) for a central defender.”

Well – we can afford £3.3M for a very good – no nonsense defender – to fill one of our problem positions. Rozehnal has played a major role at the heart of the PSG defense for the last two seasons – since joining from Belgian outfit Club Brugge.

Here are Rozehnal’s career statistics again – 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)

Comments always welcome – it does look to us like Rozehnal is on his way.

14 comments so far

  • Ebol

    Jun 4, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Delighted. We need quality, experienced defenders. Just hope he can adapt quickly to the Premiership.

  • Gunnar Pétur (Iceland)

    Jun 4, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully this deal can be wrapped up as soon as possible. I like what I have seen from the guy. Think he might be just what we need. Next we should try our best in signing Ben Haim, Leighton Baines and Lucas Neil. That would be one hell of a defence.

  • Shaun

    Jun 4, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Wish I’d tapped the wales game, could’ve seen how he plays

  • GraemeR

    Jun 4, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully he will be another BSA bargain basement player – no frills, just a solid defender. The amount of defenders we are linked with (almost definite signings) means that I dont really believe it until the are announced by the club.

  • TheWhiteBuffalo

    Jun 4, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Tuned into a bit of the Wales game to have a quick look at the two Czech defenders we’ve been linked with. First thing I saw Rozehnal do was attempt to get to high a no-hope high ball and nearly knock himself out. I hope that this was a slight blip in a clean sheet performance, as having sent certain poor decison-makers with Keystone cop-like antics packing, the last thing we want to do is spend 3M on a new one.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 4, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh Oh – shades of Boumsong – but would trust Sam on this one. How did he look apart from that?

  • Outlaw

    Jun 4, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #7

    This will be a decent signing. Anyone seen the lad play?

  • Greg B

    Jun 4, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    From Wikipedia:

    Rozehnal impressed at PSG in the 2006/07 season and was named as the club’s Player of the Year. He was also selected in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season. His good form resulted in reported interest from Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United.

    Sounds OK to me, saw some of the wales game and he looked OK to me, looked like he was trying hard to impress. May explain his little blip?

  • jamo

    Jun 4, 2007 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #9

    At least he’s not a hugely well known big name. If he was i think Sam may have wasted his time and money, but as he’s not i hope we sign him, we need strength at the back. As Graemear says, i won’t beleive it until it has been officially announced by the club!….. Things are definatly looking up though.

  • kavel

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #10

    im sure big sam will make the signings we need 4 defence, but i cant understand why he would want to let parker go?

  • Evan

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Unsure as to whether or not signing a player from Ligue 1 is a great idea. I would prefer one with experience in the Serie A or Premier League.

  • Evan

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Unsure as to whether or not signing a player from Ligue 1 is a great idea. I would prefer one with experience in the Serie A or Premier League. Better quality of play and, therefore, better suited defenders.

  • Gordon

    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Will be a good asset to NEWCASTLE UNITED we need to start at the back ,midfield & attack need room for improvement i would take Barton but would keep Parker(Too late)

  • Outlaw

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Greg B

    Wikipedia don’t always tell the facts. I read somewhere Arnold Schwarzenegger was a toon fan! If u have a look at his bio!


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