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Smith and Cacapa To Be Announced as Newcastle Players Today

9:21 am, Friday, August 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Paul Gilder of the Journal is reporting that both Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa were undergoing medicals last night and could be formally announced as Newcastle players this morning.

The discussions on their contracts were both said to have gone well yesterday.

These are two great signings for the club for only ₤6M with Cacapa possibly becoming one of the most significant signings for Sam in this new era at the club. 

We will need to wait for the official confirmation from the club which should come from the Newcastle United web site.

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New Signings Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa
We’ll have to get Alan our new strip and Claudio is still smiling about joining Newcastle :D

Claudio has class and bags of experience and will bring great competition to the central defender positions at the club. Something we haven’t had for many years.

Alan Smith will become a replacement for Kieron Dyer after Manchester United accepted a £6M offer and the versatile 26-year-old seemed only too willing to join Newcastle.  We tried to sign Alan when he left Leeds in 2004 but once Manchester United showed an interest in him Smith wanted to take up that challenge. It’s good that Alan is versatile as we see him playing in midfield more than as a striker. But he’s undoubtedly a very good all round footballer and it will be interesting to see where Sam will play him.

Caçapa is a free agent and will sign as long as the medical doesn’t turn up any unforeseen problems. But Cacapa has been training at Newcastle all week and Sam and his staff have put him through his paces to ensure he is fully fit and Sam seemed pleased with the way Claudio performed. Certainly his attitude has appeared first class.

Let’s be clear – this is a massive breakthrough in the transfer market for Sam and the Newcastle management. These are two good players and ₤6M is a great price for the two. Only last summer Cacapa was being quoted at around ₤8M when Arsenal professed an interest. As seems usual now Sam has completed a wonderful deal for the club.

Alan Smith said last night:

“Not everything is sorted yet, but if everything goes right, maybe (it will be) in the morning,”

If the deal goes through it’s likely Alan will train with the Newcastle squad this morning and could make his debut with former Leeds team-mate Mark Viduka in Sunday’s game against Sampdoria.

Caçapa (pronounced ka-cha-pa) also had a distinguished career in France and d During his six seasons at Stade de Gerland, the Brazilian won five successive league titles and captained his club. He has also played 31 times in the Champions League and will be a major asset at St James’ Park.

We also think Newcastle fans knew more about the Brazilian than Sam thought especially when it was revealed a few weeks ago he was available and also a free transfer.

Things have looked very positive these last few days and we think developments have started to put a damper on the negativity surrounding the board, which we feel was unjustified.

Now for a world class left back   :D



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amorn K // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Well Done!! Hope this pattern continues

  • 2 evil dick // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    great signings, i need confirmation from the club though!

    at this rate there’s gotta be some cash left over for a world class player.

  • 3 Kein // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Just checked a few lineups of Lyons matches last season..cacapa was usually a substitute player..at least in the last matches of the season. But hopefully his experience helps because he hasn´t been playing regularly..

  • 4 casapa // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    it’s pronounced ‘ka-sa-pa’, is it not? that’s how you pronounce that accented c in portugese as far as i know…

  • 5 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Kein – he had a terrible injury ravaged season last season – which is why Sam is checking him out big time. When we researching him a couple months back there were stories he had fallen out with the club and we know he didn’t play much at all last year. Don’t worry he was their captain for 5 years – he is a good player.

  • 6 Neil // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Just seen on the Manchester Evening News site that we may go for Baines. Normally they are pretty much on the money with stuff and persisted last week with the story that we would sign Smith even though Allardyce denied this. I know he doesn’t seem to fit the qualities the boss would like I am sure Baines would be a welcome addition to the squad in most, if not all, the NUFC fans eyes. On the Dyer situation the only problem I have with him going is that I feel this is the season whereby he would probably muster more than 30 games for us as I think his injuries have cleared up meaning we’ve probably wasted millions on wages as well as medical expenses galore all for the cockneys to get the benefit. He’s a tw@t for blaming family reasons mind when all and sundry know this is not the real reason for going.

  • 7 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Do you think there is any truth in the news today that Newcastle are back in for Baines?

    Or is it just the old rumour being branded around again?

  • 8 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Neil – agree with your feelings on Dyer – we finally get him fit and he leaves so could be West Ham will get the benefit. But he never seemed committed to Newcastle to be honest so it’s best he’s gone – but think a lot of fans will agree with your sentiment.

  • 9 bw positive // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Good post :) Nice to see positivity ebbing back into the club. Two great signings, leaving me extremely pleased. Have to say ive been suckered into being a big fan of Sam now. Love his pre season work so far. I said from day one, we should not be shelling out the money on big players this season, simply because any half decent ambitious quality signing would not wish to join a club whom not only is not in europe, struggled last year with great expectations. Such a scenario is highly likely to put any international off, especially when you consider how easy our fans turn against under performing players. This is what I find the most amusing however. Considering the play out chas injection, you get…
    Parker 8.5
    Dyer 6m

    Then take into account the players in…

    Barton 5.5
    Rozehnal 3m
    viduka free
    geremi free
    cacapa free
    smith 6m

    Both add upto 14.5m. With all the dead wood gone, leaving only baba and carr to offload in january or next year and a shockingly inconsistant dyer sold for a good price, the club is seriously heading in the right direction. I have no doubts that both baba and carr should immediately be offloaded, I dont care if sam can get the better out of them, these two simply dont deserve to wear the shirt. Just get loads of quality defenders in now, for a net summer spending of 10m. I feel that squad with Sam at the helm and injuries permiting, we can easily achieve stability, blow away the critics and get into europe. ONLY then should we heavily invest into top players next season.

  • 10 Steely // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Evil Dick, I agree with you….hopefully there’s still some cash available to draw in a top class LB (Baines would do!). Sol Campbell might be a nice little sweetener on top of it all….. :)

  • 11 bw positive // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    You pronounce “ca-cha-pa”. It isnt portugese.

  • 12 Ian // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    I hope we get Baines as well as the boy from Seville. This will give the defence a little more strength in depth.

    I wonder what BSA will do with Huntington and Edgar as these two have big futures ahead of them?

  • 13 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    It looks like both deals are around 99% then. Looking forward to seeing them both in black & white shirts later today! :D

    I have a feeling Smith will play some games on the right wing but mostly behind the front two in a Scholes type of role. I hope he get’s back to his top form again because it would be good to see.

    I expect confirmation by around lunch time. Personal details won’t take long at all because we are not the type of club who squabbles over a few quid!

  • 14 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Tez – as pointed out here the Manchester Evening News was accurate about Smith a week ago – so they have some credibility. With all the giants Sam is bringing in maybe he now feels more comfortable with 5′ 7″ Baines – a very very good player.

  • 15 darren grech MALTA // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    i’m darren from MALTA.these are 2 greate signings and now all we need is 2 good full backs.i would like if big sam goes for BOUPA DIOP and GLENN JOHNSON.they realy 2 good player and we can attreced them for sure but thank god now our maneger is SAM ALLARDYCEand he knows exzetly wath we need.LOVE YOU GORDIES FROM MALTA

  • 16 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Ian – if Sam has enough cover in the back 4 expect him to send these out to a Championship team on loan – for the games and experience they need – we’ll then be able to see how they develop. Expect at least one of them to make the grade at Newcastle – but we’ll see how they perform next season – very good for them – they need to play real games to develop.
    I’m worried about young Krul too – he needs to be sent out on loan for the season even if it means bringing in 3rd goalkeeper. He is a future star goalkeeper from what we’ve seen of him.

  • 17 bw positive // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Think MA was genuinly taken back by the clubs debts, subsequently making sure any cheques sam gets aint blank. It was MA himself who said we would sign a worldclass player. Perhaps he should check the books before he makes such a bold statement. This is newcastle united after all, he will get linched if he doesnt stick to his words further down the line when he is taken for granted having been in the club for a short while. Baines is a good signing, most likely the best we can get right now. Still worried about our fullbacks and defence. Seriously cant see a partnership between Roz and Taylor, FAR too lightweight, with no experience. They will be bossed too easily. I dont fancy geremi as rightback either, think he is more suitable as a dropping midfielder, but good cover as rightback. Sign Curtis davies up anyways, why the hell not. So what if Taylor is as good an example of young english centre half, another like him certainly wouldnt upset people. Most experienced defenders come on the cheap anyways, so get both !

  • 18 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Well , the one positive we could take from this Dyer situation is that the hammers won’t get nearly as much out of him as a wearing a heart monitor under Sam’s guidance would have at Newcastle.
    Methinks he won’t be pushing as hard as he’s capable of …. hopefully a few tussles with Bowyer and some lazy defence and general (sporadic) insubordination would justify Sam letting him go.

    I think Smith in midfield is an interesting placement and hope Sam can get the best out of this talented footballer. Great signing nonetheless!

  • 19 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Could that world class LB be Baines? Couple of stories saying we’re back in for him. A better bet than Dede I reckon cos Baines is younger (will improve and get even better), cheaper and has played in the Premiership.

    Any chance Cacapa could be our captain? BSA said it might be someone he brought in and he has a lot of experience bossing people around on the field!

    I don’t understand why we’re signing Smith to be honest – I would say he is best as a striker because when he was used there when he first arrived he was prolific but lost out when Van Nistellrooy returned from injury. In our strike force though he would be 4th choice behind Owen, Viduka and Martins. Are we going to sell Ameobi/Luque? Carroll should go on loan and get much-needed experience.

    That may leave money for a world class player after we’ve bought Drago and Diop. I hope its Barzagli. I still think we need a good right back. Carr is rubbish nowadays, Solano is a right mid and got caught out a few times last season and Geremi is better in Midfield. ANy of those 3 can “do a job” at RB but wouldn’t be able to cope playing there throughout the whole season.

  • 20 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Steely – i’m not sure i could take it if we got Campbell too – too much good news and i may have a heart attack with all the excitement – feel pretty upbeat right now :D

  • 21 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    It is Portuguese and is pronounced “Ka-sha-pa”. If we sign up these two plus Diop, Drago and 1 or 2 more I think we’re looking very very strong for next season. The big test for Allardyce will be if we’ve succeeded in getting into Europe this season, will he be able to step out of his comfort zone and spend larger amounts of money? There is only a certain distance good free transfers will take us…

  • 22 Bill F // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    I watched the French matches on terrestrial and they seemed to be calling him Casapa. Still who cares as long as he does the biz.

  • 23 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Bill F – when you watched him what was your impression? I know of him but to be honest I have not seen him play more than 1 or 2 times.

  • 24 Bill F // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    He was coming back from injury last year but he looked good to me. I think he will be a very good buy. Probably will need a little time to bed in as with most foreign players , this is up to management. I feel in the past some of the “star buys” havn’t been allowed to settle. Benitez, Fergie and Wenger do not fling their buys straight into the deep end and expect them to perform wonders.

  • 25 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    F.Y.I Sky Sports now have a story -

    “Newcastle United are understood to be closing in on the signature of Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinovic.”

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2638462,00.html

  • 26 Howie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    From what I have ever seen of Cacapa is that he is solid and won’t make silly mistakes but he doesn’t have much pace but as he reads the game well that shouldn’t be too bad. On football 365 it looks pretty certain Drago will be joining soon aswel and if we got Baines too what a week this could be. All we would need then is a right back. Big Sam is the man!

  • 27 Dinko // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    I see that there is discusion about pronuntiation. It is CA-SA-PA. Look at his last game for lyon and you can see fans chanting CA-SA-PA. He was great against Real Madrid couple years ago,I saw him in that match.

  • 28 Southern Gordie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    I’ve read a couple of reports that we might be in for 29 year old dortmund left back Dede, apparently a bid was rejected, so BSA would have to pay 6.5mill but this bloke is qaulity. But if we do sign Baines it’d be great cos he rejected the mackems just a week or 2 ago :D

  • 29 Midjew // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    What a DEFENSE we potentially have NOW!!

    LB – Baines CB – Cacapa and Rozenhal RB – Taylor

    how about that???

  • 30 Tom Cairns // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    not to sure about the pronunciation but remember some letters are pronounced differently in european portugese than south american portugese.

  • 31 Bev // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    My god, I woke up with a big grin on my face this morning after watching sky sports practically all yesterday (sad i know) I am no longer depressed about reading the crappy press! 2 great signings and looks like even more soon!

  • 32 stk // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    great news, just neeed follow upson drago, baines and diop and i’m thoroghly excited again!

  • 33 stk // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    not upson, thats a typo, follows ups on!!!

  • 34 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    I am well happy this morning! :D

    Does anyone else see 3 new players being unveiled at one press conference??

    I can!

  • 35 Tom Cairns // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    as to where smith will play, big sam has said that although our formation will never be set in stone he does favour a 433, having smith, owen and oba up front, i think, would be brilliant. Might not have an out and out target man but does have pace, strength, skill, an eye for a goal and you know with smiths determination that he’d track back to help out the midfield.

  • 36 bw positive // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Great news like :) Casapa is better and easier to pronounce than cachapa anyways. Solid defender with experience for nothing. Drag would be a great signing also, especially coupled with Baines. Remember, Sam said he will get FOUR players AS WELL AS a Dyer replacement. Drag, Casapa and Baines only being 3. He seriously needs to get a rightback. However, Drag is a leftback, so maybe we wont be going for baines. Either way, geremi is wasted as rightback. He is a tidy player, who needs more of the ball. For me, he should be our starting midfield player alongside Emre or Barton.

  • 37 MightyMilburn // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    ka-sa-pa, ca-sja-pa, sack-a-ba, ba-zo-ka.. come on.. Senseless discussion.. Like the whole Kuyt thing last season.. He seems to be a great signing – just based on the enormous experience he will bring to the back line.. and I for one am still getting teary eyes from all the defenseive blunders in previous seasons..

    BSA seems to (finally) get the defensive re-inforcements which are so badly needed for our defence.. He shipped out all the dead wood (especially Bramble – hear that he has already been fault at 1 or 2 goals in their pre-season) and now at least one major player seems to be entering the squad..

    I for one have jumped the “we-love-Sam” band waggon several weeks ago.. He has the breath of fresh air which has been so dearly needed at our beloved club (along with the new management).. Cannot wait for the new season to begin..

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  • 38 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    i was advised it was pronounced ‘Ca-Sa-Pa’ as hes Brazilian and which is the only South American country to speak portugeese, the rest are spanish… in spainish it woul be ‘Ca-Cha-Pa’ but the portugeese pronounce the C with a sss sound…. dont they?? im not sure myself… any brazilians here can help us out?

  • 39 Dingo // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    WOW……. I have been away walking in the hills for 2 days away from all computers and papers…. I get back in have a look on this site expecting to hear some moaning and transfer targets we wish we had but just missed out on and……… EVERYBODY IS HAPPY AND TALKING ABOUT TEAM SHEETS FOR NEXT SEASON WITH OUR NEW PLAYERS…..!!! nice to see let me tells ya..

    good job Ed….

  • 40 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    No wonder the French pronounce it Casapa because c sedilla (c with the funny thing underneath) is pronounced s in French but Sh in Portuguese – I know it’s pointless but I’m a linguist and these things annoy me! :-)

    If, probably when we sign Drago, I still think we need an out and out LB. Even though Drago can play there surely CB is his 1st position and therefore he should be a backup LB? That would mean we still needed Baines and if not him then probably Dede.

  • 41 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    I thought it was pronouced Ca-pas-a the ç is pornounced with an S.

  • 42 firehead // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    i havnt heard of this cacapa but my m8s said hes good but just how good is he and a know alan smith is a good player

  • 43 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Smith signing congirmed, has been given the number 7 shirt and trained with the toon this morning, already a photo of him in toon training kit on official site.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1084227,00.html

  • 44 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    congirmed = confirmed

  • 45 Kein // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks for the encouragement Ed! Hope that his injuries stop now..unlikely in Newcastle though…

  • 46 Greg B // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    I noticed Smith training in the number 7 shirt, I though Barton had already been given the number 7 jersey?
    All I can assume is that Barton wants the number 8 shirt left by Dyer.

  • 47 Tom Cairns // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    I thought Barton was officially given the no.7 shirt? Prob just them lending him one of Joey’s.

    I think he’ll be a great signing, was gutted when he chose Man Utd over us.

  • 48 nightfall // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    signing smith means owen and/or n’zogbia is/are leaving… not happy..not happy at all… smith’s an average midfielder and knows nothing about fair play… if he’s a replacement for owen (if he’ll play as striker)…fine, but if he was brought in to replace n’zogbia…it’s a bad move…very bad move…he’s nowhere near n’zogbias potential…
    great for getting cacapa though…

  • 49 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    now lets sell babayaro, his on 60k per week and doesnt justify that extra bill and well carr if we get drago and baines :D

  • 50 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    nightfall- how do u know zoggy is leavin? or uve been reading alan oliver’s article? he wont but owen will perhaps leave next season if we didnt get an euro spot or an offer comes in, i know he will but for now he have somethin to give to the toon army, at least he got guts to repay us, not like dyer, ouch mentionin his name really makes me angry

  • 51 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    nightfall it doesnt mean anything of the sort, smith has been brought in as a direct replacement for dyer as although he is a different type of player he covers the same positions ie just off the striker, right wing and attacking midfield. also has the added ability over dyer to play out and out striker or defensive mid. allardyce has said time and time again that he would get one in one out for dyer and apart from that wants to bring more people in not let anyone else go. owen is staying as he would have to be sold for more than £9m now anyway, and sam clearly rates zogs so why would he let him go.

    and foul play and playing hard are too different things, i have always rated smith (was gutted he signed for Man UTtd) and think he is a pretty fair player just a hard player if he loses the ball he will tackle the player to get it back, sometimes he mistimes and clatters the player but that happens with everyone, and it will make them think twice about running near him with the ball again.

  • 52 Todd // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    While Smith is not really a speedy winger/AMF type like Dyer was (when he was actually on the field and not in the training room, pub or police station) he does us a lot of depth at striker. This is a good thing because to be realistic, it is fair to say that all the strikers are injury liabilities (except maybe Carrol who will be off on loan most likely) and none of them will make it through the tough EPL season, Carling Cup and FA cup without a knock or two.
    Perhaps Luque comes alive as Dyer’s replacement? That would be great to see!

  • 53 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    New Alan Oliver article – this makes me cringe:

    http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/newcastleunited/chroniclesport/tm_headline=cacapa-just-the-man-for-the-job-says-houllier%26method=full%26objectid=19565268%26siteid=50081-name_page.html

    Statements like “But I have been told that…”, “My information is that…”, “But Allardyce tells me…” really annoy me! Shut up Oliver you stupid old fool!

  • 54 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    i think Sam is going for different tactics, i think Smith is a straight replacement.

    Granted smith isnt as quick as Dyer, but hes more versatile, hes stronger on the ball, i dont think Sam purchased him as a replacement for Martins or Owen, i dont think their was any chance of that.

    I think you will defintly see Smith in our midfield for the obvious reasons, he said in his interview that he knew hed have to fight for his place at the toon with all the other players but he said the difference will be hell get the oppertunity which he didnt have at Man Utd, so sounds like hes more up for it than Dyer ever was.

    anyone got any idea on wages? im just curious how much money we shaved off our wage bill?? im hoping were not paying Smith 80k a week.

  • 55 firehead // Aug 3, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    I agree with apan get rid of babayaro if were payin him 60k and all hes doin is letting every striker get past him hes a waist of space

  • 56 bob // Aug 3, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1084648,00.html

    hes signed!!!

    DYER DEAL HAS STALLED!!!!




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