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Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic on his Way to Newcastle

3:26 pm, Friday, August 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Newcastle are understood to be closing in on the signature of 6’1” Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinovic.

Both Newcastle and Manchester City have made contact, but it looks like Sam Allardyce is winning the race to woo the Serbian stopper.

We expect that’s because Sam has spoken to the player and already convinced him of Newcastle’s huge potential.


Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic
Can play left side center-back or left-back

Sevilla have already agreed to let Dragutinovic leave and it is being reported that a deal around £2.5M is being – or has already been agreed – with Newcastle. The source of the report is Sky Sports who are usually very credible.

It looks like Newcastle will offer Dragutinovic a three year contract and the Serbian – who can play left side center-back or left back – appears to be very keen on the move.

Ivaca was quoted today as saying:

“This is the financial opportunity of my life and do not want to reject it.”
” I know Newcastle and Alan Shearer from his days with England.”
“I would like to play for Newcastle in the Premiership.”

As you can see Ivaca is a huge Alan Shearer fan. When Mort met with Alan last week and said he had asked him to do more in his job as world-wide Ambassador for the club – don’t be surprised if a quick one was to call Ivaca and convince him to join Newcastle.
If that turns out to be true it looks like job accomplished. Who said Alan shouldn’t still be working for the club?

Sevilla have already signed Dragutinovic’s replacement in Colombian Aquivaldo Mosquera, who has arrived from Mexican champions Pachuca – so all seems set for the deal to be completed.  If this deal indeed goes through it will be Sam’s 6th or 7th signing depending on when Newcastle finally sign Brazilian Claudio Cacapa – still expected to be announced today – providing he has passed the rigorous fitness test he was undergoing at the club.

When Sam said a few days ago that the Newcastle club – from the top to me were working together all guns blazing for new players – they certainly meant it. It seems Newcastle lodged multiple bids at once and many appear to be coming through. This will be great news for Newcastle fans – since all the players we are linked with appear to be very good.

Some information on Ivaca we had published a couple of days ago.

Ivica Dragutinović was born November 13, 1975 in Prijepolje, Serbia, Yugoslavia and plays for Spanish La Liga side, Sevilla F.C. He is nicknamed Drago.

He began his career at Serbian side FK Borac ÄŒačak (50 appearances – 2 goals) before heading to Belgium’s Jupiler League to join K.A.A. Gent (95 appearances – 12 goals). He left Gent but stayed in Belgium, signing for Standard Liège in 2000 for whom he was a great success and played over 200 games for them and scored 8 goals. In the Summer of 2005 he moved to Sevilla FC for whom he has played 53 times scoring 2 goals.

Dragutinović has played 33 times for Serbia and Montenegro and was part of their Famous Four defense, which conceded only one goal during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. The other members of the famous four were Goran Gavra of Dynamo Kiev, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidić, and Mladen Krstajić of Schalke 04. Drago holds a Belgian passport, so is not included in the three non-EU player quota of La Liga.

Comments welcome but please keep them civil – thanks.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    And he’s hard as nails!!!!

  • 2 bob // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    “This is the financial opportunity of my life and do not want to reject it.”

    finacial opportunity? tht dont sound too gd doesit, lets just hope his english isnt very gd and thts not wat he meant

  • 3 Bev // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    3 signings in 2 days would be excellent, def going to the Sampdoria game on sunday now, will take lots of pictures and post them on here!

  • 4 Kevin Dodds // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    need defenders will be a good signing, Shay will have peaceful time in goal

  • 5 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    @Bob – Yea i was kind of worried that he was thinking of just money. But would say he doesn’t just mean it that way – if he did would he really have said it to the press?

    This was the full quote –

    Dragutinovic: “This is the financial opportunity of my life and do not want to reject it. I know Newcastle and Alan Shearer from his days with England. I would like to play for Newcastle in the Premiership.”

  • 6 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    bob, why not at least he’s honest. he could continue giving 100% playing for a top spanish side in europe, or join sam’s revolution in the premier league (where he probably wants to test himself anyway), and at the same time gets a financial opportunity to set him up for life.

  • 7 Dingo // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    note to Ed……… Ed, is it possible to get a poll/vote addon installed on this site…. it would be great to see a graphical representation of readers views on signings and wotnot… if not for this close season at least for next??

  • 8 carl // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    all he means is its the best money hes ever going to be on.the premierships wages is far more higher than the spanish anyway,end of the day hes a good player and if you were offered a new job on more money who wouldnt take it!

  • 9 Ryan // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Please, please, please!!! Still waiting to hear Capaca has signed on the dotted line and Dragutinovic at SJP for a medical. Then i can go out tonight in the best mood for years. If we get these 2 and Baines in as well I will be over the moon. Can’t wait to knock the stuffing out of Bolton next weekend!!

  • 10 aaron // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    is cacapa going to sign?

  • 11 carl // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    cacapa is expected to sign today, depending on medical results

  • 12 Benoz // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Toon fans say a lot about ‘mercenary players’ but the truth is that in order to be a sucessful mercenary player you have to deliver on the field. I don’t care what his motives are as long as he can and does play!

  • 13 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    I think he’s more talking about the 3 year contract as he’s 31 years old!!!

  • 14 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Dingo – as it turns out we are going to upgrade the site – hopefully at the end of the month. We’ll change the banner at the top and have one or two more improvements also – your request has gone on the improvements list – we’ll see what we can do but one thing we’d like to have is quick polls now that we seem to be getting quite a lot of Newcastle fans using this site….so what we report may be fairly accurate
    Ahmed Beil – who runs SoccerLens sire manages this site for us – and is helping me along with his experience in building it – and we have to discuss the improvements etc – but I love your idea.
    Stay tuned!

  • 15 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    We still expect an announcement today on Cacapa – that he has signed.

  • 16 michael // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Huh-huh, huh-huh. We’ve signed Ivan Drago! Huh-huh, huh-huh.
    Hope West Ham sign Apollo Creed!

  • 17 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Ivan Drago said to Cristiano Ronaldo before breaking his leg;
    “I will crush you for mother Serbia, puny little portugese manc”!

  • 18 michael // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Don’t dare stop this fight stallion!

  • 19 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with Drago saying it’s a financial opp of a lifetime because it is – for him. Hey – he’s an Alan Shearer fan and seems like he’s delighted to becoming to the famous Newcastle United.
    Don’t forget even though he’s a footballer he’s still a bread winner for his family – and as good as he is he probably hasn’t earned what he should have.
    It’s a great advertisement for us – because when he does sign it will be news all over the world – and it gets Newcastle’s name out there.
    BTW – how many players is Sam going to bring in – there’s still Diop who we feel will want to come here too.

  • 20 michael // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    A-pp-oo-lll-ooo, nooooo! (As Lucas Neil sees apollo hit the deck)
    Drow in the towl ye gad damn ape! (Curbishley shouts directions from the sideline)
    Shud up Mickey, wad abut my chace, huh mickey? (Marlon Harewood prior to leaving.)
    Ye gat heart kid, but ye fight like a gad damn ape. (Curbishley retorts)

  • 21 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    would be happy with baines or shorey at lb.

    although a nagging worry was starting to get to my optimism a couple of days ago, the last couple of days has blown me away, if (fingers crossed) by the end of the transfer window our signings are:


    and then add big Papa Bouba Diop to that i will be unbelievably happy about our summer transfer activity. anymore than that may just be too much for me to take!!!!

  • 22 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    Famous Four … I like that !

  • 23 michael // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    My goodness that idea progressed like a Ross Noble story.

  • 24 michael // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Regarding the story of Ivan Drago and the sevilla reporter, lets hope Alan Oliver tries to touch him up!

  • 25 nightfall // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    now we allready have like 10 midfielders, so we can just exchange emre for appiah… way better and way more experienced then diop…

  • 26 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    If we did end with the signings of – Barton
    Diop/ Appaih

    What do you think our best 1st 11 would be?

  • 27 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Personally i dont want Appiah, id much rather have Diop.

    How the hell did West Brom get Bostjan Cesar on a year loan!
    He isnt a bad defender we could have had him!

  • 28 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Tez, to be perfectly honest i havent a clue, also depends what system we play.

    Every time i try and pick an 11 i realise i’ve left someone out that i want in the side!!! but if you ask me thats an awesome situation to be in if you can’t pick your best 11 cos there is so much competition.

  • 29 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Ivica would be a fantastic signing!

    Let’s hope he arrives soon too!

  • 30 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    We need another DM so Diop would be good, plus he’s a totally monster! Imagine this back 5:

    Drago, Taylor, Cacapa, Geremi and Diop in front of them. You’ve got 5 monster defenders, we’re gonna kick the crap out of everyone out there! The Bolton game is going to be a blood bath!

    I like Appiah because of his energy and drive, just like Essien. Plus he’s an expertienced campaigner in Europe with Fener and Juve. A playmaker wouldn’t go a miss either, someone who’s versatile enough to play on the sides but also in the middle as the focal point, like Deco!

  • 31 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    @ ED

    i left you a comment in the Mort prasies shearer thread man, not sure if you caught it but its very prudent!

    just thought you should know these things, because every analyst ive researched who actaully tells the truth is very worried about the future state the US will be in the next few years.

  • 32 bob // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    i cant wait to see all of these players having a massive brawl with the whimps of chelski n arsenal we will crush them we are guna be a real force with the amount of muscle we are guna have at the back and the centre of the park

  • 33 nightfall // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Tom_Toon – i know cesar…i’m a slovenian ….he was good…he was brave…a real fighter…but since he had an injury (similar to terry’s last year)…since then he lost his edge…became average… plus concentraton of slovenian players is like zero…they get tired after 5 min of play :) the only true great slovenian player is a goalkeeper…handanovic (next cech is you ask me)…but we have that area covered…

  • 34 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    nightfall u r the most negative guy i know do you not think hes better as what weve got?

  • 35 nightfall // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    well.. he is better then bramble :) …but that’s it…at least now… few years back he really was good…but like i said…after injury he became average…

  • 36 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Form is temporary though! :D

  • 37 shaun // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Any news on Capaca, is this still gonna happen?

  • 38 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    I would have thought so barring any cracked bones! Sam mentioned that he may play against Bolton so why say that if he was unsure?

    I think he has practically signed but it’s all down to the medical. Wouldn’t surprise me if Sam moves onto Cacapa’s paperwork now that Smith has signed.

    Cacapa has been in Newcastle for a week so I am sure it’s close to being done.

  • 39 fred // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Speaking of famous 4, Roeder in last january almost went for one of them, Goran Gavrancic, captain of Dynamo Kiev, a strong CBT who can scores goal with his head and his foot. Sam? Go get Gavrancic, it would be so nice to have the two serbs together. And Gavrancic is only 28 y-o.

  • 40 fred // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Hey KASH, I agree with you. Appiah is the man. If we can get him, not only we’ll have a stronger mid but we’ll get so much experience and drive. With Cacapa, a captain of 5-time Lyon and my favorite Gavrancic, go get him Sam, another captain. We’ll be good. What I really like about Allardyce and that’s why Roeder wasn’t made for the job, he doesn’t considered player over 28 like has-been.
    Thank you Sam.

  • 41 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Our Back Four Would Be Monsters, Our Midline is Monsters, We are the Monsters!

    Im imagining our opponent will piss in their pants just going out of the tunnel, now we have the heights that BSA newcastle lackin off, more set pieces goal, less set piece let in, in the end given would be a happy man :)

  • 42 Alex // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    What must the mackems be thinking.Knowing they have to face us at st James park with our new monsters and co lineup.Dont think keane will be so much of a hardman now!

  • 43 Lin // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    I can’t help guessing the decent future of the season. haha

  • 44 dirk // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Is this drago any good though? Everyone on here is raving about him, but how many people had actually heard of him before our interest in him became known? The same goes for Cacapa. Yes, I know how many league titles he has won, but he also sat on the bench for most of the last season? You dont see the best sides running to get players like those two.
    I am pleased with the signing of smudge – a true warrior, and a class player.

  • 45 Ashton // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    don’t sign with him he is to old !!

  • 46 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    They are not too old. Players are much fitter than they used to be!

    You only have to look at Sol Campbell, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs!

  • 47 Shaun Dean // Aug 3, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    I would be very pleased if we could sign Dragutinovic and hopefully Big Sam will push through a quick deal or Baines plus i also want Papa Bouba Diop in a black and white shirt.

  • 48 Ashton // Aug 3, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    hey cacapa signs for toon !!!!,,10278~1084648,00.html

    ohhh yeahhhhhh

  • 49 firehead // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    finaly hes singned :D

  • 50 george // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:09 PM


  • 51 Rob Kirton // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Dirk : It seems as though Cacapa sat on the bench last season as he refused to sign a new contract and Houlier decided to live without him and plan for the future, maybe they were offering one year? Who really knows?

    The key thing is now that we will have ferocious competition for places in Defence / Midfield and Attack when all players are fit.

    What I’ve seen of Rosenhal at first hand, so far I ‘ve been impressed. He looks a steady hand, if this guy turns out the same, we will see a revoltionary change in our defence. Counting in Taylor, it seems as though Sam is going for guys who are big and comfortable playing at either centre back or full back. Seems like a plan to me…

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