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 â‚¤6M with Cacapa possibly becoming one of the most significant signings for Sam in this new era at the club.Â
We will need to wait for the official confirmation from the club which should come from the Newcastle United web site.
New Signings Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa
We’ll have to get Alan our new strip and Claudio is still smiling about joining Newcastle
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 Â£6M offer and the versatile 26-year-old seemed only too willing to join Newcastle.Â 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 interestingÂ to see where Sam will play him.
CaÃ§apa 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 â€“ this is a massive breakthrough in the transfer market for Sam and the Newcastle management. These are two good players and â‚¤6M is a great price for the two. Only last summer Cacapa was being quoted at around â‚¤8M when Arsenal professed an interest. As seems usual now Sam has completed a wonderful deal for the club.
Alan Smith said last night:
â€œNot everything is sorted yet, but if everything goes right, maybe (it will be) in the morning,â€
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 Sundayâ€™s game against Sampdoria.
CaÃ§apa (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 Jamesâ€™ Park.
We also think Newcastle fans knew more about the Brazilian than Sam thoughtÂ 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 backÂ Â