Sam Allardyce’s squad was strengthened over the weekend with the addition of two new defenders and midfielder Alan Smith.
Claudio Cacapa signed late on Friday night and Spain Under-21 left back Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz was at St James’ Park yesterday related to a reported Â£4M move from Villarreal to Newcastle which Sam expects him to complete today..
Jose sat in the Director’s box yesterday beside manager Sam Allardyce and Chairman Chris Mort – a classy touch.
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Sam told Newcastle World last night:
â€œFor me it’s been an excellent week as we signed three players on â€“ the last one will be finished off tomorrow.â€
â€œJose Enrique I think will join us tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon by putting pen to paperâ€
â€œAnd with Claudio (Capacha) and Alan (Smith) before him we have added a lot of quality and potential.â€
One more defensive target we have been linked with heavily is Serbian and Sevilla left-back Ivica Dragutinovic who seems set to decide where his future lies on Monday.
Magpies boss Sam Allardyce is understood to have offered the Sevilla defender a three-year deal and Dragutinovic (Drago) admitted earlier this week he did not want to reject the ‘financial opportunity of his life’, with Newcastle reportedly ready to almost triple his wages.
Recent reports in the Spanish press suggest Dragutinovic has still to fully decide if he wants to join a club that will not play European football this season. Sevilla of course have qualified for the UEFA Champions League and coach Juande Ramos has spoken to Dragutinovic about staying at the Spanish club and Ivaca could even be offered a new deal by Sevilla with a pay rise.
But Drago has also admitted â€œIt really is very complicated to reject the chance to join Newcastle”. We translate this to mean it would be difficult for him to reject the chance that’s in front of him. The confusing thing here is that some reports are suggesting Ivaca has already turned down a new improved contact at Sevilla so these reports cannot all be correct (what’s new?).
But the good thing is that Enrique looks just about here and hopefully we’ll know about Drago before today is out.