Newcastle Transfer Update on David Rozehnal

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 6’3” Czech center-back today – especially after missing out on Ben Haim.


David Rozehnal

Yesterday’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 £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 £2M – 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 – maybe this is the transfer breakthrough we need – to get some other deals for defenders moving.

32 comments so far

  • lua

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    wrap it!!!

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m just curious, has anyone HONESTLY seen Rozenhal play in more than just the odd game or two. Obviously PSG didn’t exactly set the French League alight last season. They finished 15th with the second worst home defensive record (conceding 23 goals) and finishing with a neutral goal difference. Just curious as to whether this lad is going to be solid or not…

  • Craig

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    He was at Sigma Olomouc since he was thirteen? Do you know how old he was when he made his debut? Would be ideal if we got this wrapped up today. I’m a little worried with the lack of left back links, this position needs filling asap.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    We need defenders this kid looks as though he could be good but we need a left back urgently & maybe a right back

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree we need to sort out the flanks. Nobby will do a job in the short-term. I doubt whether Shorey, Baines or Bridge will be making the trip up the A1 now, so we just have to hope Big Sam has a couple of gems he’ll pull out of his arse before mid-August.

    Craig, I’m not sure how much of a plaudit being at Sigma Olomouc from 13 is, whilst I’m aware of their existence (normally from the UEFA Cup/CL qualifier results), they sound more like a dodgy 4×4 than one of Europe’s footballing hotbeds…no offence to any Sigma fans reading this, I’m sure they’d think the same of some English teams…

  • David Miller

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ll beleive this when I see it!

  • Len Smith

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    No surprise Pavel says Dortmund are in the lead if he is trying to negotiate a deal with us. Hugely entertaining these agents. I seem to remember Czech have a good defence, only conceded 4 goals in Europe, so maybe he is pretty good. If Sam gets him for 2 mill that would be outstanding. I am v impressed Sam will not pay over the odds. Means if he doesn’t work out we can unload him. Cannot imagine what makes west bum think Curtis Davies is worth 10 mill??

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    hey, just to let you know, the sun has reported that BSA is after coloccini!
    read the following at tribal soccer
    its good to c we are being linked with top class defenders

  • Jeff

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Do you not think Big Sam is going to play 3 centre halves with 2 wing backs this season………That would answer the little activity on the left back situation……He could play either duff or nzogbia there with dyer right wing back…….especially at home anyway.Its still a bit concerning that no defenders have been wrapped up yet as clubs will surely know we will become deparate soon and prices will rise as per usual.

  • Fergie

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    No say that he should sign with us because he will be plying in front of 52,000 fans every other week is quite ignorant. Dortmund’s stadium holds 80,000, of which they fill most of the time, hence why they achieved the European record for fan attendance in 2004/05. The Bundesliga as a whole also has a higher average attendance than the premiership, so in attendance terms he would be better going to Dortmund. However, i hope that we sign Rozehnal as from what I have heard, he is a good, commanding centre back and an ideal partner for Tayls.

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Len, I think the Bubble Blowers are suffering from the age-old ‘if he’s English, he’s worth 3 x the going rate’ problem. It never ceases to amaze me that on the one hand football ‘insiders’ lament the number of ‘foreigners’ in our squads and then expect clubs to shell out £17 million for Darren Bent!

    This seems to have been one of Big Sam’s strengths. Whilst I hope the focus will be on an Academy backbone (obviously in the future), I’m not going to grumble just because a player comes from outside of these shores. As long as it’s good business – as Ed’s piece the other week highlighted we’ve had some good and some bad. Mirandinha was always my favourite though…as I think I’ve probably said before, so I won’t bore you all with the chant again!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Cathal – yes I saw that – guess it was in the Sunday Sun over the weekend. Love to see Coloccini at Newcastle.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Tony – think you’re right – if Rozehnal is really ₤2M – compare that with Curtis Davis for around ₤8M or more – great deal for Newcastle!
    Just hope we can pull it off – having played 25 times or so for the Czech Republic – he’s got to be good. Oops – just got a flashback to French International Jean-Alain Boumsong – well maybe not. 😀

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Ed – I know what you mean. I was at loftus Rd for Boum’s debut against Yeading. During warm up, he pulled together the back four and keeper and was animatedly talking to them. I remember saying to my mate how he looked the part as a natural leader and just what we needed…what do they say about judging book covers?

  • dean

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    hope this deal goes through soon, because we have been seemingly negotiating for ages on this one, hope to see Rozehnal through the SJP doors in the next few days so we can move onto the next one.

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    ed – perhaps boumsong would play better under sam…both managers after sir Bobby were clueless…

  • valle

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Tony… Yah Tony he is good, he played so well in an average team last year that he got chosen in the team of the year for the french league.

  • john75

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    He could be another Boumsong, or possible a new Tony Adams, who knows? If we do miss out on him, I for one won’t be too worried. It is still only the start of the transfer merry-go-round and once the takeover is complete, we might get a much better idea of other potential targets.
    Other players may also become available over the summer who may be a better option than Rozenhal, if he doesn’t sign for us.
    Still got plenty of timne though. As long as we don’t leave things till the very last minute again.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    nightfall – kind of hoping we would keep Gooch – because he would play well for Sam – most players do. This Rozehnal thing – new reports that he’s going to germany – needs to go one way or the other – but a second loss fro Sam wouldn’t be good. 🙁

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Valle – cheers for the update, didn’t know that! Sounds like he was the ‘diamond in the rough’ of the PSG defence.

    Also, John75 you are spot-on, it is only mid-June, most players are on hols or still/just finished Euro U21 duty. Most transfer business wont be concluded for a little while. I think we are still someway from the debacle of the last couple of transfer windows!

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    ed – “Allardyce has gone back to Paris St Germain with an increased offer, believed to be between £2.5m and £3m” – i hope that will be enough…

  • Jeff

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    When big sam first came to newcastle he talked of signing players who would sweat blood playing for the toon..I believe barton will and maybe viduka might depending if he wants to make the most of probably his last club……but this rozehnal situation is just dragging on and on….so this suggests to me that the player isnt exactly jumping at the chance so lets forget about him then and go for someone who has been crying out to play for the toon,and someone who has experience and will also be great for taylor for a few years………….Go and get sol campbell he’d be mint

  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Jeff, I think this situation is more about the agent than the player. I think the only comments that have come from Rozenhal himself have been how much he would love to play for the Toon. All this jumping through the hoops is probably just ensuring that Mr Zika gets as big a slice of the pie as possible. Chances are Rozenhal is now on a beach somewhere and his only updates are via the silver-tongue of his trusty agent.

  • John Walker

    Jun 19, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Maybe Sam will be able to talk Nicky Hunt into joining a BIG club like Newcastle, is it a big club because there’s so much space in the empty trophy cupboard.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #25

    nightfall – saw that in Chronicle – let’s see if that does trick – he will not want to lose out again.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #26

    John – many definitions of BIG. Maybe it’s because we are owned now by a Billionaire – who knows? We’re not big if that means winning trophies – but we hope to put that right ….. soon.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Len – good points.

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    We are big in terms of money spent and revenue. Top 15 (and top 10 quite a few years) in World for many years this decade. Until a couple of years ago ahead of even Chelsea. Now about those trophies….

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    keep oba..that’s true, but if we look at income of all european clubs, we’re on 13th place… it’s not that our purchases were bad, we just had bad managers…

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    well Luque was bad. Other clubs like Sunderland or Wigan even the Blackburns out there cant afford 9.5mil mulligans and still have plenty to spend….but if nothing else about Big Sam, he has organization and wont take crap from his players. Something dearly lacking lately

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #31

    luque was never given a chance

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s looking good – sky news is saying late today that Dortmund cannot agree a fee with PSG – and have pulled out of the race – take a read ….


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