Newcastle Transfer Update on Aldo Duscher

Aldo Duscher – the 28-year-old Argentinian is due on Tyneside in the next day or so for a trial and will be available on a free transfer from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

Duscher of course hit the headlines in 2002 when it was his tackle which broke David Beckham’s metatarsal and almost kept him out of the World Cup that year.

Let’s have a look at Drescher’s career – he has attracted Newcastle’s interest more than once in the past.


Aldo Duscher

Aldo Pedro Duscher (born 22 March 1979 in Esquel, Argentina) has an Austrian passport, and currently plays for Spanish team Deportivo de La Coruña. He is a defensive midfielder renowned for his physical presence on the pitch, and as mentioned above – for breaking David Beckham’s metatarsal before the 2002 world cup. He is very tough tackling midfielder.

Duscher made his professional debut in 1996 with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina. He played for Newell’s Old Boys 31 times and scored 1 goal. In 1998 he moved to Europe to play with Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he won the SuperLiga in 2000. He played 55 times for Sporting Clube and scored 6 goals before moving to Deportivo de La Coruña in 2000, for a transfer fee that was close close to ₤9M.

His contract with Deprotivo has run out and it has been reported that a number of teams are set to battle it out for the player’s signature. Greek side AEK Athens have joined the race to sign Duscher, and Villareal are also interested. Duscher – who stands a little over 5’8″ tall – has played for Deportivo 157 times with no goals and has represented Argentina 4 times. In total Duscher has played 243 first class games and scored 7 goals.

Aldo Duscher will start a trial with Newcastle tomorrow – and the Geordies are ready to welcome him to their squad. It would seem like Newcastle have a good chance for Duscher’s signature if indeed he proves good enough for the revitalized Newcastle squad under new manager Sam Allardyce.

We’ll just have to wait and see how he does at Newcastle – but he certainly has the pedigree and comes at a good price.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Good signing for a fee, even better signing for FREE!!!!!
    Nicky Butt can sit on the bench while Aldo goes round pounding people. I love players like Duscher, as do all Newcastle Fans. As long as he doesn’t do Rooney’s metatarsal before Englands Euro qualifiers at Wembley.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Kash – if we’ve got him for a trial we must be in driver’s seat for him – and he’s sure to like our new setup at Newcastle – plus Sam – wonder if he’s good enough?

  • Dave

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t know much about him…would he compete with Butt and Geremi? What’s his style?

    This is a new experience for this Toon fan….squad options!

  • john75

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Kash – or Owens metatarsal in training. Would be another great free signing though.

  • James

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Why havent Deportivo Signed him up for a new contract then must be something wrong with him like injuries or illdisiplined. I wanted us to sign him a couple year ago but i wouldnt mind for a free transfer and also he muct know luque which will only make him happier and i can see him beng a very good signing for us.

  • dean

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Excellent signing for free, would love to see him in the centre of the pitch taking players out left, right, and centre! especially the chelsea players!

    I hope he impresses big Sam on this trial, because he is a good solid defensive midfielder, who will give Nicky Butt some much needed competition

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Just put a better photo up of Duscher.

  • john75

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh god, he wears one of those stupid hair bands –

    New clause in every newcastle players contract:

    No girly hair bands allowed – just get a hair cut, preferably a short one!

    That can replace buy-out clauses, so should keep greedy bastard agents happy as well!

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Aldo Duscher = Clarence Acuna mets David Batty

    Well if that’s what Sam is looking for……….


    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I only hope it will be well balanced Newcastle side with some flair and room for attractive football not only group of hard tacklers and fighters. Duscher would give some depth and competition and it is important he has played with Luque but I’m looking for much better signings especially in defence of course.

  • evil dick

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope he impresses, it would be nice to sign the remaining players we need before the panic buying kicks in. The new season is coming up fast, I can’t relax until our defence is sorted!

  • shearer mach II

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Why are we giving him a trial though?
    Surely if he’s a quality, proven player like people seem to think he is, why does he need to be trailed as opposed to signed straight off?
    I don’t really know much about him so this seems a bit sketchy to me.

  • joe

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    People are questioning why Depor haven’t resigned him. Has it occurred to them that he’s refused their offer? Man U wanted him a year ago for around £5-6 million! Then they went for Carrick and now Hargreaves.

    For free he is a fantastic player. This would be another Sam masterstroke.

  • aaron d

    Jul 12, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #14

    i reckon he will be another Acuna to be honest, i wouldn’t bother and go for someone else, do we have any money at this club? Parker sale has practically paid for all the signings we have made. So should have around £48m left. Get basic squad sorted then spend the rest of the summer getting some star players.

  • john75

    Jul 12, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Do we really need anymore supposed ‘star players’? We have several already, and some alleged superstars who have yet to impress (luque). Sort out the defense, with proven big names if necessary and possible, but the rest of the squad is looking very strong already, especially if moves for Gudjohnsen and Duscher materialise. Defense, defense, defense, then we can all relax and hopefully enjoy.

  • nightfall

    Jul 12, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    he’s not a bad player and with him on board we could easilly get coloccini…friends from deportivo and argentinian national team…
    maybe that’s the plan…

  • ChrisL

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree that with him on board, it may make the club more enticing to any other Argy players. They have a few decent ones don’t you know!

  • steve

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #18

    where’s the source for this story??

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #19

    duscher is a class act, tough tackling and aggressive, which is what we need at the club. is probably better than Butt. Gudjohnsen would be great because Viduka can’t play week in week out. I also think we should swap emre for appiah because appiah is begging for a move to the prem and fenerbache would see emre as a perfect replacement. in my eyes appiah is much better than emre and is physically taller and stronger which is needed in the prem.

  • Cathal

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    very good signing if we get him. united were linked with him last yr for a fee of 10mill and we hav d chance to get him 4 nothing! wud b a gr8 bit of business!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    steve – the source looks like the Sun – but it’s also being reported elsewhere – like the Newcastle official site. Here is their piece on it – they say Duscher and his agent are heading to Newcastle today – ready for training tomorrow i expect.,,2002390000-2007320139,00.html
    Duscher has refused to sign a new contract from Deportivo.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22

    john75 – on Newcastle world yesterday Sam said he wanted another 4 players and they were concentrating on bringing in defenders. Maybe I’ll try to get some report out on what he said – for those who can’t see the video.
    Sam is such an eloquent guy – he spoke without notes also on N’Zogbia (thinks he’s a very exciting player and can nail down a first team spot at Newcastle). If i was Charles looking at the video I’d be walking about an inch off the ground right now. Sam seems to have complete faith in the youngster – it’s just great to see the positive impact he is having on players – especially the younger ones.
    Where’s my boots!!! 😀

  • sean

    Jul 12, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    why are we getting him on a trial if we know hes good? he might as well just sign

  • Phil

    Jul 12, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24

    When Man Utd were set to sign him last year for £10m, just before they signed Carrick instead, Heinze was quoted as saying Duscher was a great player and how he would love to have the chance to play in the same team as him. Me thinks this is a ploy by Big Sam to get Heinze to fill the LB slot at the t00n!

  • Jinal

    Jul 12, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #25

    What I don’t comprehend is SA after free “above average” players when we have the money to buy the best there is. We are in the process of rebuilding our squad and it is vital that in this stage, we buy the best we can get. Invest heavily right now to get us to the top quickly and once we are there, we can get the best deals for the best players.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 12, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Jinal – the best players that cost the best money dont want to play for a club NOT involved in europe, no point wasting money for the sake of it this summer when we can spend bucket loads of cash next summer. BSA is getting the best players he can for a club that finished 13th and aren’t in europe but spending less money doing it than what the last 2 mummets would of spent trying to do the same…he seems to be getting a better quality player for less, remember still 6/7 weeks of transfer window left so he may spend big on a few surprise signings(players we thought we wouldn’t have a chance of getting yet)…..

  • ende

    Jul 12, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #27

    hahahahahaha, now we -gotta- pick up Beckham during the MLS off season.

  • Steve Mills

    Jul 12, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #28

    I certainly hope we get Duscher, you don’t play for argentina regularly and be crap. He was being touted about for 6-10 million. He’d provide perfect cover for Butt as a a defensive midfielder, and as people have pointed out maybe help Luque. I know he’s shown no effort, but he is talented. If BS gets the best out of him he’s a great player.
    I still can’t believe how little we’ve spent so far, and how many players we have. All good players as well, we still need left backs and another centre half, Good news on Owen, but I think its obvious none of the top4 want him, so why go else where. He might as well try and win something here this season and see what happens.

  • nightfall

    Jul 12, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Phil – i think you’re right…i just hope coloccini is also included in this plan… if we get all of them (heinze, duscher, coloccini), we have quite a team… then all we need is another RB…’cos carr will be sold…i hope 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #30

    WelshWizard – completely agree – keep the powder dry for January or next summer when we’ll need it to up the quality of the squad – byt then we should be back in Europe..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #31

    nightfall – Coloccini wasn’t in Argentina’s team against Mexico last night- is he injured or just left out?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Phil – very interesting – hope so.

  • Neil

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #33

    He might command high wages which is why Sam is making 100% sure he meets his standards. I think he will be a great signing. We don’t need to splash out money for so called star players.


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