There has been lots of inside news going around the last day or two saying we will wrap up the signing of David Rozehnal today. However, the Journal (today) still thinks Burussia Dortmund are in the lead position but it would be timely for us to get the 6â€™3â€ Czech center-back today â€“ especially after missing out on Ben Haim.
Yesterdayâ€™s news from Rozehnal’s agent Pavel Zika was that Newcastle were behind Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign the Czech international defender.
David Rozehnal’s agent Pavel Zika today has confirmed that Newcastle are ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign the Czech international defender. Go figure!
However, Zika did stop short of confirming reports today that the Paris St-Germain player was due to arrive on Tyneside this week for a medical. Pavel said:
“I cannot confirm it yet, but this option is closer than Dortmund.”
We are told that Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce was involved last night in putting the final touches to a deal to wrap up the Â£2M transfer of PSG defender David Rozehnal. The 26 year-old Czech defender could see his switch to Tyneside go through today, despite the long term rival interest from Borussia Dortmund.
Why would Rozehnal ever choose Dortmund over Newcastle? Dortmund did not do so well in the Bundesliga last year and David knows that not only is Big Sam reshaping our team and particularly our defense – but our new owner Mike Ashley has big plans for the club.
Rozehnal will also be playing in front of 52,000 fans – soon to be at least 60,000 fans – at every home league game. We think if David has the ambition we are looking for he will indeed sign for Newcastle. But this thing has been dragging on – and a week or so ago reports said the move to Newcastle was imminent. In case he does sign for us later today – which in truth would be great – particularly at Â£2M – here are Rozehnalâ€™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 – maybe this is the transfer breakthrough we need – to get some other deals for defenders moving.