While we expected the signing of David Rosehnal from PSG to be fairly plain sailing -reports are coming through that in fact Borussia Dortmund â€“ who we thought were out of the running – are still involved. His agent Pavel Zika has even said he thinks David would prefer Borussia over Newcastle – which is surprising to say the least.
It looks like Newcastle are trying to make the deal with PSG for a little over Â£2M â€“ but PSG are holding out for a fee closer to Â£3.5M.
PSG however have now confirmed that a bid has been made by Newcastle and a source from PSG indicated a fee has been agreed. A deal is expected to be completed within the next twenty four hours.
A source from the French club went on to say:
“The deal is close to being completed, There has been contact between the clubs and a fee between three and four million euros has been agreed.
“It is not quite there but there aren’t any problems expected from PSG and we already know that Rosehnal would be very happy with a move to the Premiership with Newcastle United.”
Sam Allardyce of course tried to sign Rosehnal for Bolton during last Januaryâ€™s transfer window so we are sure he rates the Czech center back highly.
Newcastle have been favorites to sign the 26-year-old Rosehnal but his agent Pavel Zika has now revealed our interest has not been as keen as believed.
However, this may well be a ploy by Zika to get Newcastle to move more aggressively for his player â€“ and itâ€™s difficult to decipher which reports are made up and which are real â€“ especially when a signing gets this close.
Pavel Zika had this to say on Tuesday:
“I am convinced that it will be decided within the next few hours,” “So far (Newcastle) have showed their interest only in the papers and the question now is if they really confirm their interest and enter the negotiations.
“We believe it will happen, and David’s move will therefore be finalized within the next few hours.”
“Both clubs are high-quality ones and both competitions are very good,”
“I think that he slightly prefers Dortmund but I don’t want to speak for him. The discussions with the clubs will be decisive.”
Suffice to say that we expect Rosehnal to sign for Newcastle – and it will be a surprise if David doesnâ€™t lock up a deal with the Tynesiders very soon.
As always though we will need to wait and see â€“ but hopefully only for hours rather than days.
We’ve always believed this would be a good signing for Newcastle and a good start to shoring up our creaky defense. We expect Sam to easily convince Rosehnal that his future lies at Newcastle.
We hope this will be followed by the capture of Tal Ben Haim from Bolton in a couple of days on a free transfer.
Comments always welcome.