Jose Enrique Reportedly Signs for Newcastle – Drago Deal Closer?


The Sunday Sun (Steve Brown) is reporting that Newcastle United have now officially signed 21 year-old left-back Jose Enrique from Villareal.

This is based on a report just posted on the official Villareal web-site in Spain. It certainly looks like it’s true but of course we’ll wait for the official news from the club web-site www.nufc.co.uk.

There are also reports that Newcastle may be close to landing another left-back and it’s not Leighton Baines who both Everton and Newcastle have been linked with over this weekend.

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Jose Enrique – 7th signing for Sam and Newcastle?

La Liga side Villarreal have agreed a £4M deal from Newcastle for their left-back Jose Enrique.  Terms seem to have been agreed with Newcastle, Jose and his representatives and are for a five-year deal for the Spanish Under-21 international Jose – as we had heard about last Friday.

The official Villareal website reported this afternoon:

“We want to thank Jose Enrique for his contributions to the club and wish him much luck in his footballing career.”

Other news is that Sevilla’s Serbian star Ivica Dragutinovic (Drago) remains hopeful of securing a £2.5M, three-year deal at Newcastle after rejecting an offer of a new contract from the UEFA Cup holders.

The 31year-old left back (or left central defense) said today:

“I am happy in Sevilla but the English offer is very important in all aspects, not exclusively in terms of money,”

“It really is very complicated to reject the chance to join Newcastle.”“I have always wanted to play in England, the league is strong and for men like me the physical aspect is not a problem.“I know English football and Newcastle is one of the historic clubs and the objective will be to fight for a European position.”“The coach (Sam Allardyce) tried to sign me for Bolton during my stay in Belgium (with Standard Liege) so I am not unknown to him.”

It’s good to know Ivaca is educated and knows that Newcastle is truly an historic club (sign him!) and that Sam has already talked to him of his and Newcastle’s huge ambition over the next few years.

While this news – if true – is not all that surprising but is good nevertheless to see the 7th deal close for Big Sam and the 8th looking to be close.

Great follow-up work by Sam and the Newcastle management – good work lads 😀

Comments very welcome – please keep them civil and the language in check – many thanks.



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76 comments so far

  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Alan Smith scoring on his debut. Not a bad way to please the Toon.

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  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Enrique should be ready for Bolton so at least our back line will be ok for aug 11th.

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah was it not for that bad offside call he’d have 2 right now

    GO ALAN!!!!!

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  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    How is he/the team playing Craig. I am only getting the updates off official website.

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    whats the score guys? as cant seem to find any live action going on any websites, cheers

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh he’s playing his heart out as usual .. we were a bit shaky in the beginning and still some gelling issues but we look much better than last season! Viduka also had a wonderful opportunity to put us ahead in the first half

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  • carl

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #7

    1-0 toon, smith scoring

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  • Gary

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Its still 1-0, playing pretty good. Geremi and Smith playing really well

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle 1 (smith) Samp 0 @Jamie

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  • Graeme

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Its a fairly “Vigourous” game for a “Friendly”!!! Some hefty challanges flying in on both sides. Taylor looks very good as does Rosy. Smith is typically Smith – will give 105% every time. Oba managed to miss a sitter from 2 yards out and hit the bar!!!!

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    lmao @ Oba!!! yeah just got it live on soccerstand. Bbc as ever arnt even bothering with it lol.

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  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Is geremi right mid now

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Set pieces make me nervous !!

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    the offical site has some good info regarding this match

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  • gboy

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #15

    where are you guy’s seeing this match I can’t find it anywhere?

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  • AB

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    What’s the point of this article? Its just needless sensationalism. We haven’t signed Enrique (yet?) because there has been nothing official from our club. The info is based on an article we all already know about. Pointless.

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    nufc has minute to minute text comentry.

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  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    AB it’s a boring day on the transfer front and there has to be some articles. Enrique is at the game so he is joining for definate.

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  • Ivan

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    guys
    no one injured rite??

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  • carl

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #20

    AB- its simple,dont read it if you dont want to!!

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  • AB

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Its a boring day because there’s a match going on atm (which despite my Setanta subscription I can’t watch, Freeview blows). Why not wait until the club announces it? A headline of “Jose Enrique Signs for Newcastle” suggests he has signed, not that he’s at the game and a paper has just managed to translate the page that we all read yesterday. It just annoys me that there’s no new info here, its all stuff we knew yesterday.

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  • Domy

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Given injured

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  • gboy

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #23

    AB’s just lookin for new stuff, he can’t get enough of the toon! lol

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  • Howie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    It says on sky that Drago will decide his future tomorrow and that he may stay at Sevilla. Lets hope not. Did it finish 1-0?

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  • AB

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #25

    gboy – Exactly! (I spend most of the day trawling NewsNow :$ )

    What with us all agreeing that the Express is idiotic for regurgitating the Martins sale story, it seems a bit hypocritical to be rewriting yesterday’s news here.

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  • carl

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #26

    AB- i agree, if i was the author or journalist id be ashemed to even write that story after the amount of times sam and the board have said what they are doing.the blokes dont deserve their wages!

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Well it was a good game, Alan is MoM, if he keeps this up he’ll be a legend. Those tackles are just wicked, every time he goes in i’ve got the feeling that he’s gonna rip the guys legs off and be suspended forever :), yet he always makes the tackle and gets the ball. Wicked.

    And how about Martins lol 🙂 lucky for him it was offside haha.

    Overall it wasn’t a great game, but we looked very good, cant wait for Saturday.

    PS: Did u guys see Sam ?? he was on the phone all the time, and i mean ALL THE TIME, he must be making some very important transfer negotiations !!! 🙂

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  • Alex

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Just read that Harper replaced Given after 38 minutes.Please dont tell me he is injured.Krull has already gone out on loan!!!

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  • Dave

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    should have been 3-0 because of the “offside” and the penalty we should have got

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  • Max

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #30

    yeah i saw sam on the phone, me thinks he is negotiating the baines transfer becasue baines is supposedly going to decide on his future today!

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    I read Krul put in a solid performance on debut .. clean sheet

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #32

    is Given injured? anyone?

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  • Ivan

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    is anyone injured?

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Another decent pre-season performance and without the likes of Cacapa, Enrique and hopefully Drago and pulled out another clean sheet so from that point of view i think we shouljd all be pleased. No idea how the first team sheet is going to look though when everyone is fit, what does everyone think?

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  • Jamie

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Given.
    Capaca, Taylor, Rozy, Drago
    Milner, Geremi, Barton,
    Smith, Viduka, Martins.

    Very Solid and attacking team there.

    thats without N’Zogbia, Duff, Solano, Luque, Owen, Enrique, Butt, Dyer etc etc etc. Suddenly some strength in depth it looks like.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    To hard to choose at the moment, well the midfield and attack

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  • Alex

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    From what ihave just read Taylor andRohzenhal looked really strong together.Maybe Capaca will have to wait a while for his debut.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Capaca can play RB he did at Lyon and did fair to badly

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  • PM

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #39

    geremi is a wonderful player!!! some of the tackles he made were unbelieveable!!! one thing i couldn’t understand was why oba was playin on the right when i think he should have been upfront with ameobi and letting geremi go wide right and smithy,butt go in centre midfield. doin that to oba (playin him out of position) in future games could result in him being unhappy and leaving the club. i think he is a wonderful talent and i would hate to see him leave.

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  • StevieA

    Aug 5, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Geremi is simply too good to play right back. I said he would be a quality player for us in midfield and he has proven to be just that so far. He will only improve too with the amount of games he will play, he has been a fantastic signing for us.

    One of my concerns with Smith was that he might be unfit or “chicken” out of challenges but from what I have seen he is back to his best, fantastic to see. 😀

    Lets get Enrique and Drago in now and introduce Cacapa, Enrique and Drago into the team. The teams looking good and one or two more signings and we could really push into the top 6.

    Come on!

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