Aldo Pedro Duscher has arrived on Tyneside for a trial after his contract ran out with Deportive La CoruÃ±a at the end of June.
The Newcastle squad returns today from a couple of days off with their families – and it is expected that Duscher will start his trial either today or Monday.
But for such an established player (who is also a free agent) why are we taking him on trial â€“ why not just sign him now?
Aldo Pedro Duscher
Aldo Duscher has been a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal in the last few years as those clubs tried to overcome losing star midfielders Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane. At the time the transfer fee being mentioned was anywhere from â‚¤8M â€“ â‚¤10M. Argentinian midfielder Duscher, 28, who has played four times for Argentina is being reported to have been given three days to impress Allardyce and the new United hierarchy.
Sam Allardyce seems to do his homework on the players he goes after and it’s interesting that Bolton were pursuing Duscher last December. Unlike previous regimes at Newcastle Sam is very organized and detailed in his transfer preparation. His back-room staff scouts players â€“ and when the summer transfer window opens – they are ready to go immediately after the players they want. That’s very unlike the haphazard planning we have been used to at Newcastle and quite honestly it’s a very welcome change.
Duscher, played against Newcastle for Depoprtivo in the 2005 Intertoto Cup but of course is known as the player who broke David Beckhamâ€™s metartarsal in 2002. He has a reputation as a tough-tackling holding midfielder and has been at Deportivo for seven years and certainly seems to have the skills to match his tenacity.
While there’s nothing wrong in being ultra sure about Duscher and taking a look at him in training – we think he would be a fine free transfer for Newcastle to go with the two free agents Newcastle have already brought in (Viduka and Geremi). If we do sign Duscher that would bring Sam’s haul to 5 players and his total net outlay would be a mere â‚¤1.5M – an incredible value for some very good players.
That’s exactly what happens when you do your homework on players and move early in the transfer window. Shepherd and Roeder please take note. Let’s hope Duscher signs for us early next week – we’re sure other clubs must be interested.