Sky Sports is reporting that Pavel Zika – David Rozehnal’s agent – has claimed that an agreement is in place to take the PSG defender to Newcastle for around â‚¤3M. Newcastle have been after Rozehnal for a few weeks now and initially saw off competition from Burussia Dortmund and now it seems the latest team to come in at the last minute for Rozehnal â€“ UEFA Cup Champions Sevilla – have also failed to lure Rozehnal.
This is good news for Sam Allardyce although no official statement has yet come from Newcastle about the deal. Agent Pavel Zika did say that David would decide between Newcastle and Sevilla today â€“ and he seems good to his word. Reports at the beginning of the week put Newcastle as favorites to land the Czech Republic international, especially after Borussia Dortmund withdrew their interest.
Rozehnal’s agent Zika had announced earlier on Friday that Newcastle had only an even chance of getting the player, with Sevilla the other club in the running. But Zika has now told the Czech media that Newcastle have won the race to sign Rozehnal and he told Idnes:.
“We have reached a final agreement. David moves to Newcastle.”
This is a good end to the week for Newcastle fans as we also seem to have also captured Alan Smith from Manchester United for â‚¤3.5M. Neither of these players has signed yet – but agreements now seem to be in place for both of them. We are also one of three clubs in the running for right back Luke Young of Charlton who is priced at â‚¤3M.
At long last it seems we are drafting some defenders into the squad. It is expected Steven Taylor will form a partnership with the 6′ 3″ Rozehnal at the heart of Newcastle’s defense next season. Rozehnal has represented the Czech Republic 26 times.