Newcastle Transfer Update on Jaroslav Plasil

We saw the piece in the Daily Star (and reported in Tribal Football this morning) that Newcastle are being linked with a potential move for Jaroslav Plasil, the Czech defensive midfield player.

The news is that an unidentified Premiership club could make a late swoop to snatch the player from under the noses of Spanish side Osasuna, according to the Monaco player’s agent. If anything happens it’s supposed to happen by the end of the week.

The Daily Star Sunday says Newcastle are the premier league team attempting to steal Plasil – so let’s take a look at what’s going on here – and see if we can make any sense of it.


Jaroslav Plasil

The 25-year-old has two years left on his current deal at Monaco – but he is now ready to quit the Principality outfit. Plasil is wanted by Osasuna to bolster their left-sided options. The Spanish side have already tabled a bid for the 25-year-old midfielder, but a bid from England could beat the Liga outfit to his signature – according to his agent Pavel Paska.

Pavel Paska told MF Dnes:

“The offer [from Osasuna] is lying on the table. We are only waiting for the statement from Monaco. “I expect it to be decided on Thursday or Friday. Jarda does not have to move anywhere though.

He has been considering the offer because the Spanish league has always been a league he wanted to play in.

“But there is an offer looming large from England too,”

It looks as though Plasil really wants to play in Spain although the way agent Paska framed the English bid above – we can only assume his client is interested. Plasil was quoted recently talking to the Spanish press:

“I want to play in Spain, because in those countries the teams play to win, in France they play to avoid defeat,”

Reports in Spain are also suggesting Osasuna could potentially strike a loan deal with Monaco with a view to a permanent transfer at a later date.

We all know that Sam Allardyce wants to sign at least and 5-6 players and Newcastle will be linked with each and every player that may be available. But it does seem that Sam is after another defensive midfield player to battle with Nicky Butt. It may also be that Sam sees Plasil as a left back – which of course we need desperately. The other link to us could be that we have just signed David Rosehnal and David is a team-mate of Jaroslav on the Czech republic team.

In fact both started in the latest Czech European Cahmpionship game against Wales when Sam Allardyce was in attendance. Both David and Plasil also played in the French league – so it may be that Sam and David have talked about Plasil’s availability – and it could also be that Sam was impressed with Plasil in the Czech Republic – Wales game.

We really don’t know if this report has any truth in it – but what we do know is we need both a defensive midfielder and a left back – and it appears that Jaroslav can play in either position. The potential link to Rozehnal also gives the story a little credibility – plus Sam has recently seen Plasil play. It’s supposed to be decided by the end of the week – so we’ll keep a lookout on this one – but there does seem to be a thread of credibility to the story.

For the record – PlaÅ¡il is 6’0” tall and played for the Czech Republic at Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He has been at the French league club Monaco since 2000 and played in the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2004. In that season, PlaÅ¡il scored a goal in Monaco’s record-breaking 8-3 defeat of Deportivo La Coruña.  He has played 109 times for Monaco scoring 5 goals and has represented the Czech Republic 17 times scoring once.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • jacobmannjones

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Jaroslav Plasil obviously has rapport with David Rosehnal from their Czech Republic national sides… Though he seems keen on joining a Spanish side, NUFC and Big Sam may be nothing more than a dark-horse in this one. Though if the Toon were able to secure his services it would be a signing to get them on in the standings…

  • Gary

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t say it would be a bad signing. Butt is getting on, and good teach the youngster the ways of the PL.

  • allansg

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone share the opinion that Tribalfootball’s news are more rumours and hearsay than actual facts …. lousy excuse of a website and a bloody waste of time i think.

    Wouldn’t really pay much attention to it until further confirmation comes in.

  • Craig

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Sounds like paper talk to me…

  • Billy Whizz

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    This sounds more like a case of his agent going fishing trying to drum up some interest from the big spending premier league. Bloody agents, a pox on them all!

  • Guy

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    With that hair I’m not so sure!!!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds like some very well thought of and convincing paper talk to me…but you never know with these rumours, lets see by the end of the week.

  • Tony_D

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    David Rosehnal & Pav (who apparently was quite influential in the signing of Rosehnal) may have spoken to him.

  • Alan Riley

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    As I understand it, Plasil is, basically, a wide midfield player. He is described as an exciting, two-footed player, who can operate on either flank. As suggested above, he has also operated at full-back.

    My gut feeling is that, while he might make a useful addition to the squad, he is not a priority signing at this time. Let’s make sure that we get in a decent specialist left back. Wayne Bridge or Nick Shorey would be my choice.

    Also, I get a bit anxious when too many players with no Premiership experience are being linked. Even though Sam possibly has a better track record on overseas players than most.

  • AlexW

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    ok, i think we should be concentrating on wing backs now that geramis in the bag, albeit geremi can play wing, but i feel hes much more comfortable DM in the middle, so lets concentrate on bringing in habib beye and probably lieghton baines or nickey shorey. At least then we have a very decent defense.

    Then hopefully well have about 35 million left from our kitty and bring in a f***king awsome midfielder or striker (if owen or martins even) or maybe even bring in a john terry or w/e

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    trust sam he knows what hes doing plasil is good but not great if we want a dm then we should get motta as he is mates with edmilson who it sounds like we are getting both play for brazil both play for barca and both are able to leave am i the only one who thinks this is a hell of an idea.

  • Captain-2

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Hi there! I´m an Osasuna fan and I have an English section for my blog. I would like to copy always with your aproval what you have written about Plasil. We are following the issue here in Pamplona with great attention.

  • Davis Gilroy

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Plasil is essentially a left winger or left back – with the ability to swap flanks when in midfield. He’s in no way a defensive midfielder. He has been regarded as one to watch for a while, seemingly without hitting the level expected.

    Personally I don’t think he’d bring much but Allardyce knows a lot more than me about player potential.

  • joe

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #14

    JP from the rock. Do you live there permanently? I’m poppi9ng over in August for the day. Having a couple of pints in the toon bar!!!

  • Watson

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Tribal Football and the Daily Star are about as reliable as a glass hammer. Pure paper talk.

  • Steven

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree with allansg, tribal football is a load of s**t

  • valle

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #17

    AlexW… John Terry?, are u joking m8. He is a chelsea supporter through and through and they are a title contender. I really think we should be realistik about our club before it gets blown up.

  • Greg B

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Tribal Football just print hearsay IMO.

    However I heard a rumour that Allardyce was interested in another Czech midfielder, Tomas Sivok. He was looking at him in January for Bolton but Sivok signed for Udinese for about 2.5mil.
    This lad is absolute quality and if Sam gets half a chance to sign him Im sure he will. I think hes about 22-23 years old and was U21’s captain.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Captain -2 – fine – you can copy – or else probably best to link to the articles you want to feature on your site.

  • Steven

    Jul 4, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Have you heard we are signing Ronaldinho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Captain-2

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Plasil isn´t going anywhere I´m afraid


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