Geremi Closer to Newcastle – Is Rozehnal Signed?

Things seem to be moving quickly with the opportunity for Newcastle to sign Geremi from Chelsea as a free agent. It is starting to look like Newcastle may have the edge on other clubs for the Cameroon International’s signature.

A Chelsea source has indicated Newcastle seem to be favorites for his signature. We also have a question on whether Newcastle have officially signed Rozehnal – since no announcement on this has yet been made by the club.

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Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso
(Also known as Geremi)

It is being reported that Newcastle representatives are meeting with Geremi and his agent in London and that Sam Allardcye is anxious to get a deal wrapped up quickly. A source close to Chelsea told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“Geremi is out of contract at Stamford Bridge and we understand that he is talking to several clubs, including Newcastle United.
“From what we can gather he loved his time up in the North East with Middlesbrough, and Newcastle seem to be favorites for his signature.”

The 28-year-old – who has been a Cameroon international since 1996 – can play on either flank – so he could play at either left back or right back. He has also been known to play in midfield – as a defensive midfielder – so he certainly has great versatility and would be an excellent squad player for Newcastle. We don’t know right now which other clubs may be involved for Geremi. However, Middlesbrough – who Geremi spent a season on loan with in 2002-2003 – have indicated they are not in the race.

Certainly a player with Geremi’s versatility and experience is exactly the type of player Sam Allardyce is looking for. Let’s hope we can wrap this one up quickly – and that’ll be another defender on his way for pre-season training starting next week.

We’d also like to see some official announcement that we indeed have signed David Rozehnal from PSG for £2.7M – although communication has gone dead since yesterday afternoon on this one. We are assuming everything is still OK with this transfer – although it does seem a little strange that an official announcement has not yet been forthcoming.

On the positive side maybe Sam is awaiting so he can introduce both Geremi and Rozehnal together – if indeed the Geremi deal is that close.