Sevilla Snatch Rozehnal from Newcastle at Last Minute?

Sky Sports is reporting that Sevilla, the UEFA Champions for the last two seasons have entered the race for Newcastle center-back target David Rozehnal of PSG. Newcastle’s former competitor in this race – Burussia Dortmund – have pulled out since they recently acquired Robert Kovac on a free transfer from Barcelona.


David Rozehnal

Sevilla are reigning UEFA Cup Champions and have won it for the last two years. They demolished Middlesbrough 4-0 in Eindhoven in 2006 and this year defeated Espanyol 3-1 on penalties after drawing the game 2-2 after extra time.
They finished 3rd in the La Liga last season so are an accomplished side who are thriving under Head Coach Juande Ramos.

The Paris Saint Germain defender is expected to make a decision on which club to choose tomorrow, Friday. It will be a severe blow to Newcastle and new manager Sam Allardyce if Sevilla pips the Magpies at the post. A week or so ago Sam was beaten to the signature of Bolton player Tal Ben Haim at the last minute – when the Israeli decided to move to Chelsea over Newcastle.

Borussia Dortmund have withdrawn from the race and seemingly Newcastle have satisfied PSG with a bid in the region of £3M for the Czech.
It certainly looked like the Czech Republic international (26 caps) would be on his way to St James’ Park, following Dortmund’s decision to call off their bid – when they acquired Robert Kovac of Barcelona on a free transfer – to fill the void left by the departure of Metzelder.

Rozehnal’s agent Pavel Zika now claims that UEFA Cup winners Sevilla have entered into negotiations and Zika says a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours and now admits Rozehnal will move to either England or Spain.
Zika told CTK:

“It might be finalized on Friday. David will move either to Newcastle or Sevilla.”

This is a bit of a shock for Newcastle since it had appeared to be plain sailing once Borussia Dortmund withdrew – but if Sevilla pips Newcastle there has to be more to this than meets the eye. If that is the outcome we suspect Rozehnal did not want to come to Newcastle – and asked his agent to find some other team to compete. This is pure speculation on our part – but a team does not come in at the last moment like this – unless something is going on behind the scenes. We suppose it could also be a move by Pavel Zika to up the price Newcastle have to pay – but we doubt this very much.

Hopefully this saga will end on Friday one way or the other – we hope it’s not the other! 😀

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Soren

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Well if he doesn’t want to come, he shouldn’t. But I think we might be able to snatch him, I hope so 😀

  • gordon

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Why waste time on a player like this most people had not even heard of the guy 2 weeks ago,we should only adopt desperate measures for a top quality player not a relative unknown who plays for a bottom half french outfit.

  • azvael

    Jun 21, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with you gordon! I think its time to buy great CB with EPL experience like Dunne,. Maybe Rozenhal is 6 feet 3 but he play in France!!! One of the weakest league in Europe.

  • Darren

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #4

    No way do we want Dunne – he is over-rated and overweight. There are not many good CB’s available in England right now, I guess thats why SA is looking overseas. I would take Hyppia or Sol Campbell though in the short term. Plus we need two full backs, Nickt Shorey perhaps?

  • Andreas

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #5

    @gordon and azvael. Just because you haven’t heard of a player doens’t make him crap or “not quality”. In my opinion it’s narrowminded to think that only PL-playing players or players in “top clubs” are good enough.

    Ligue1 one of the weakest leagues in Europe? Think again mate! Although league rankings are quite subjective, it’s a fairly common view that Ligue1 is one of the 5 best leagues (in Europe – which pretty much = the world).

    Ligue1 is clearly beaten by PL and Primeria, but is easily on par with Seria A (yes the Italian TOP TEAMS are better than the French, but not the league) and Bundesliga.

    Hence, I do think a player that was in the Ligue1 team of the year will fare well in PL. Moreover, he’s playing regularly for the Czechs – and that team is as good as (at least) England which also is a quite strong sign of quality.

    Yes, there might be some other alternatives but I’m sure he would be an excellent signing (if he indeed want to play for us and we are able to snatch him).

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #6

    i dont care if he comes or doesn’t to be honest. i know nothing about the fella. he could be shit or he could be great – does anyone really know??? plus, if he signs for another team he clearly is not the sort of player that we want and ultimatley we will have been spared the hassle of trying to get rid of another half arsed over paid player that could not give a shit about newcastle. dyer, owen, luque, vianna, kluivert, carr, baba etc etc etc

  • Len Smith

    Jun 22, 2007 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #7

    My best guess is that this is just Pavel Zika talking up the price. Last week – he wants to go to Dortmund. Dortmund officially pull out and get a free. Then – he wants to stay in Paris. Now – Sevilla want him. I am assuming Sam is smart enough to be looking at other options and if one of those comes good we can withdraw the offer. Maybe the whole gig is just Sam’s way to get the price of Curtis Davies reduced, last I heard he had gone from 12 to 10 to 8mm? I love the close season, more entertaining than the matches.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 22, 2007 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Just because we haven’t heard of him doesn’t make him bad, lets face it most “well known” players are strikers or attacking midfielders , it is very rare that a defender makes the news……..


    Jun 22, 2007 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #9

    maybe some have not heard of him because they only know Premiership and some superstars from colour magazines nad tv comercials… He plays for Czech Republic which is one of the best teams in Europe and I saw him many times with superb dispalys. I’m interested how many had heard about Vidic before he has joined ManU… And please don’t compare Dunne or someone like that to Rozehnal. And he is so cheap. For that class player based in England you have to pay 2-3times more.
    I hope we finally get some defenders in time to be well prepared for the start of the season and not finish with some like Olly Bernard snap the day after transfer window closing…

  • nightfall

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #10

    smith? f*&^%k that arrogant prick

  • nightfall

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11

    rozehnal is a good player…but this saga is draging on way too long…
    if he doesn’t decide for us, i won’t be too disapointed though..or surprised… there are still some great targets avalible (curtis, coloccini,..) and at least we’ll know the situation about rozehnal before transfer window actually opens…

  • jim

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with Craig C and his comments, it was obvious that the lad did not want to come (Rozenhal) otherwise as soon as the Toon came calling he would have at least showed an interest which he did not judging by his newspaper interview. According to the teletext this morning Newcastle have had a 3.5 m bid accepted for Smith(Man U) why????? do we want another striker??? Oba wants to stay and he has electric pace,WOWS the fans because he has class and is exciting. According to god(Shearer) Owen will be here at the Toon this season. I like Hyppia, we all know he does not have a lot of pace but he has vision and can help Taylor command from the back. I still trust in Sam though and hope we get the quality defenders that we need and soon.

  • kev

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Just because someone plays for the Czech Republic doesn’t make him a good player. The facts are obvious, he DOES play for a league at a far lower quality than our own, surley if he was a class player then at 26 he should have made his mark by now, not just known by people who have seen his odd displays (I wonder what the quality of oppisition was like when you seen him play). And how can Andreas keep highlighting how good the french league is when we all know how bad it really is is beyond my knowledge. And finally for, you must have been watching a great player when of all the times you’ve seen the Czech’s play, he just so happens to have theese superb displays. This to me, sounds like you’re making theese many superb displays up to just sound like you know what you’re talking about.

  • Pete

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Smudge will be an ace signing, he puts his all into the game – we need more players like that. Hopefully Man City will get Owen before the season starts that will leave us with: Oba, Viduka, Ameobi, Smudge and 9 Million to spend on some quality defenders.

    The fact that Rosehnal is unknown does not really fill me with confidence. Hopefully Sam has been watching him for a long time at Bolton but I would rather he bought a proven premiership defender.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Pete – that’s what we are hoping too – that Sam has been tracking him while at Bolton – he tried to sign him for Bolton in January. We should know later today – although his agent seems a little strange – so don’t know if there will be a decision today.

  • Chris

    Jun 22, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I never heard so much bullshit come out of one person’s mouth as Rozenhal’s agent. He’s the problem in this saga. He’s constantly trying to start a bidding war for the player. He’s just after a big payday.
    I can see Big Sam pulling out on this one, cause he won’t be held to ransom.

    Another thing though, Sam has been looking elsewhere as he’s had an approach for Silvestre and Wes Brown turned down. Maybe Rozenhal will only be on his shortlist if other targets turn him down.


    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Kev I’ve been NUFC fan since 1992 (when Keegan became manager) despite I’m from Poland but because I’m not british I’m interested and know well football from outside the UK. I have seen a lot of french league and Czech national team so I know what I’m talking about. Of course it is always a risk with foreign players from other leagues.
    Talking about how poor french league is is silly. Some of you think Championship is better if you want Curtis Davis? Ronaldinho went to Barca from PSG. They were stupid buying player from such a poor league… Cech from Strasbourg, Essien – Lyon, Drogba – Marseille…


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