Dragutinovic Moves Closer to Newcastle Deal


Reports coming out of Spain yesterday suggest that Sevilla have accepted a £4M bid from Newcastle for their Serbian defender Ivica Dragutinovic.

The previous amount being quoted was less than this and quite honestly £4M seems high for a 31 year-old compared to the previous figure of £2.7M.

But perhaps it will turn out to be 4M euros – we don’t know at this point – but 4M euros translates to around £2.7M.

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Sevilla’s Ivica Dragutinovic

Don’t believe several reports yesterday that said Drago had already turned down Newcastle and had signed a new 4 year contract at Sevilla. When we looked at those reports they were rehashing old news and there was nothing new. Drago himself has said he will make a decision on his future today or tomorrow and we still think that will happen.

We were wrong yesterday to suggest Sam was in Spain to do the deal. Apparently he was moving his family into their new house in Newcastle, which is why he was missing from the training ground.

But he seemed very calm about the Drago deal and was not put off by reports on the Sevilla web-site that said Drago was ready to turn down Newcastle. When asked about the Drago deal he told the Evening Chronicle:

“Hopefully we will get something done later this week.”

We are seeing a Sam Allardyce deal in progress which we find fascinating and it will be great if Sam can pull this one off. We hope Sam can do the deal because it looks like Drago is exactly the type of defender he is looking for – and of course he has lots of experience in Europe over the last two years with Sevilla.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens – but it shouldn’t be too much longer before we all know for sure.

Comments very welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • joe

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Most reports from Spain seem to think that he is staying in Spain. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • geordie_jordan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    hey ed! did you see on the icnewcastle website yet? they have a quote from drago that says (i’m paraphrasing): “My family and I have enjoyed very much these two extraordinary years with Seville and now, in addition, I want to play in the Champions League. We have still got a few things to discuss and will make an announcement on Thursday or Friday.”
    sounds to me (of course deferring to you if you’ve already heard this and still think he’s coming) like he’s not coming 🙁

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  • Karl Fraser

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    One could say that this one is Drag – ging on a bit. Hope he comes though. Hard as nails!!

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  • Jamie

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree with Joe, but who knows, its a big money move for him which should be tempting for a 31 year old.

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  • steve

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it’s more likely that he will come unless his wife etc are dead against it, he’s 31 and probably has 3 years left at the top end of the game. This will probably be his last chance to earn big bucks, if Sam has sold the dream of what he is building i.e. we should defo be in at least UEFA with a good chance of Champs league he’d be mad to turn it down. Seville can’t pay anything like the wages we are offering.
    Am in NY at the weekend – anyone know of any bars there that’ll be showing the Bolton game?

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  • jason

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    http://www.toonarmynyc.com/ this will give you the address for nevadas nyc I watched newcastle villa there and the toon army following in there is great !

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  • steve

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    @Jason – excellent – ta v.much

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  • jason

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    your welcome steve kick off is around 8/9 in the morning over there drop the guys an email before you go and you will be well accomadated theres about 40 hardcore nyc toon fans go to each game and have loads of flags up If you get the chance go over to giants stadium in new jersey as well and take in a nyc red bulls game which will cost you about £15 to get in worth it just to see such a legendary stadium !

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  • rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Guys, im 90% sure we have been used by Drago to get a pay rise.

    id like to see him join us but everything ive read makes me think hes used us.

    ce la vi, still plenty of time to get new defenders.

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  • Ian, Doha

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    At an age of 31, I think Drago will sign for Newcastle. It represents good economical-common sense at his age….

    At least I hope so, as BSA is building a terrific squad with so much experience, youth, flair, etc.

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    i want drago to come to newcastle but it looks like he wants regular champ league. and we cant offer that yet he does’t care bout the money he only wants champs league! thats what i heard from google news!! it says on the savillia website thats says that hes signed a new 4-year deal at sevilla ?! I dont no wat will happen anymore i ant him 2 come to us but i think that the whole thing is dragging on a bit!

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  • Hammy

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    He’ll be making a big mistake if he does not join the toon…he’s 31 and as he gets older his chance of getting a decent move will recede…….
    I’m sure if has wife has anything to do with it they’ll be moving….treble your wage and Metro Centre in the same sentence???
    What time does the next plane to Newcastle leave?

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    i think that bsa can persuade him to come hes sold the dream to 7 other players and this guy is 31 and this wud b his last chance of a good wage. i think that bsa will persuade drago 2 come to the toon it will all b tied up by the end of the week

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  • shaun

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    geordie_jordan – Have you got a link to that story?

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    i rekon that bsa will persuade him to come because he has persuaded 7 other ppz and hes 31 so this will b his last chance 2 earn a GOOD wage

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  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Why on earth are you running this article. The man signed a 4 year deal with Seville yesterday.

    Howay mann, up your game 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Barry – don’t think so.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    There’s been no official word from anybody that Drago signed a 4 year deal – all the articles I saw were rehashing old stuff – but we’ll see.

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  • James

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    is it true that ashley is unhappy at BSA and Mort for not brining backa superstar when they went to spian?? Why dont we just pay 15 miliion for deco then??

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  • jason

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Supposedly the board said they wanted deco in black and white this season..so why not go and buy him?15million will hardly dent ashleys fat wedge he probably makes that much in interest in a few days !
    I would like them to buy some or at least one superstar that would be icing on the toon cake as well as a hardman like drago.

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    There is no way Deco will join us (offcourse i would like to be proved wrong).

    He himself stated in an interview that he’s staying at Barca, and he is an important player there.
    Also as i know Newcastle and Chelsea are interested in him………where do u think he would go ??? 🙂 ,he sad that would he leave Barca he would like to work with former coach Mourinho …

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  • Alex

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Still think he is using newcastle to get a payrise from sevilla.I hope sam has other options already lined up.

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  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    It is impossible to tempt an international quality player who has been playing champions league football for years to NUFC at the moment!

    Especially when Chelsea are our competition and Deco has a great relationship with Mourinho.

    Wake up people!

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  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    it does sound like he is using us, but as so many people have mentioned before…he is not getting any younger, why would he not cash in while he still can!

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  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #25

    why would Deco want to go from Barca, as a squad player, to CFC, to be a …SQUAD PLAYER! he could end his career at nearly any other club as a key factor! dont think he will come to us, purely on the fact that we are not playing CL. it would be nice, but lets face it, right now its a bit of a pipe dream! (Prove me wrong Deco…PLEASE)

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  • apan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Get riquelme much better player and he doenst mind playin at any club so he would suit us!

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  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Ed/….
    This is a good site to keep tabs on any deals with Spanish clubs

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.marca.com/&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmarca%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

    Click on Soccer at top left of screen… the division 1… then scroll down

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  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Lampard isnt exactly firing on all cylinders and I think his contract demands are ridiculous, Deco could fit well into the Chelsea side and is a more creative player than Frank.

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  • rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Drago has not signed a new 4 year deal, at least it has not been confirmed officially by Sevilla, which means on our side it hasnt happened.

    stop believeing everything the Oliver-ites write.

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  • nightfall

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    why do we need deco? we allready have more then 10 midfielders… we only need 1 more player… the only player we should try to get from barca is zambrotta (DRL…and also MLR)… we need a right back, who can also play on the left…so he’s perfect…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Barry – thanks – that’s a help.

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  • Lull , Malaysia

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Just read every article involving Drago in Sevilla website,no news about he penned a new contract. Must be from unreliable source such as Goal.com, they should learn from Ed on how to write accurate articles.

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  • Tony

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Whilst the official website in Spain hasn’t confirmed it yet, most of the Spanish press seem to be convinced that the 4 year extension was signed yesterday…as stated the other day, it appears we have been used simply as leverage. It wouldn’t be the first time a player/agent has done this and it won’t be the last…right now I think there’s more chance of Dragutinovic signed for Dynamo Zagreb!!!

    Don’t forget that this player also turned down an offer from AS Roma, can’t see what would bring him to us other than ludicrous sums of money, but I don’t see us being that desperate to land him.

    Nightfall, totally agree with Zambrotta, he oozes quality, unfortunately for us, we have absolutely nothing to offer him!

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  • nightfall

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Tony – we can offer him first team football…he didn’t impress last year at barca and with abidal arrival…you never know…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Zambrotta would be a lovely signing. He can play as a winger, wing-back or full back on either side of the pitch. I think he may be tempted if we offered him a contract, but he would have to know if he joins us would he still be in for an italian call-up.

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  • Owen

    Aug 8, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Drago has used NUFC as a patsy to get a better deal from his current employers. His choice, from what I heard/read he was looking to become the No.1 earner at the toon.

    He’s not that good.

    as for Zambrotta……if only 🙂

    Pay 10million for Zambrotta any day.

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