Newcastle are understood to be closing in on the signature of 6’1â€ Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinovic.
Both Newcastle and Manchester City have made contact, but it looks like Sam Allardyce is winning the race to wooÂ 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 Â£2.5M is being – or has already been agreed – with Newcastle. The source of the report isÂ Sky SportsÂ who are usually very credible.
It looks like Newcastle will offer Dragutinovic a three year contract and the Serbian â€“ 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 andÂ 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 callÂ Ivaca and convinceÂ him to join Newcastle.
If that turns out to be true it looks like job accomplished. Who said Alan shouldn’t still be working forÂ the club?
Sevilla have already signed Dragutinovic’s replacement in Colombian Aquivaldo Mosquera, who has arrived from Mexican champions Pachuca â€“ so all seems set for the deal to be completed.Â If this dealÂ indeed goes throughÂ itÂ willÂ 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 agoÂ that the Newcastle club – from the top to meÂ were working togetherÂ all guns blazing for new players – they certainlyÂ meant it. It seems NewcastleÂ lodged multiple bids at once and many appear to beÂ 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 DragutinoviÄ‡ 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 ÄŒaÄak (50 appearances â€“ 2 goals) before heading to Belgium’s Jupiler League to join K.A.A. Gent (95 appearances â€“ 12 goals). He left Gent but stayed in Belgium, signing for Standard LiÃ¨ge 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.
DragutinoviÄ‡ 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 VidiÄ‡, and Mladen KrstajiÄ‡ of Schalke 04. Drago holds a Belgian passport, so is not included in the three non-EU player quota of La Liga.
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