Newcastle Transfer Update on Columbian Mario Yepes

Sam Allardyce has hit a problem with trying to bring in PSG defender Mario Yepes.

The Newcastle boss has identified Yepes – nicknamed Super Mario – as another defender he would like to bring in before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

As always Sam is looking for a good deal and over the weekend the transfer fee was quoted as ₤1.7M. However, the Evening Chronicle is revealing that Sam wants to sign Yepes on a free transfer. PSG on the other hand value him at ₤2M. and apparently Yepes is not too keen on coming to Tyneside so that Newcastle’s medical team can run the rule over him and his fitness.


PSG’s Columbian center-back Mario Yepes – Super Mario

Sam seems very likely to be able to bring Brazilian Edmilson to the club in January who would come for a fairly low price tag – given that his contract at Barcelona runs out next June so Sam has some leverage on forcing a good deal for Yepes. If he doesn’t want to come – so be it – we only want players here who want to come and play under Big Sam’s big revolution.Some playing information on Yepes:

Mario Alberto Yepes Díaz (born January, 1976 in Cali) is a 6’1″ Colombian footballer, currently playing in central defense with PSG. Mario Yepes started his career with Cortulua, and was a forward before Cortulua (59 games and 4 goals) converted him to a center back. He transferred to Deportivo Cali (61 games 7 goals) from Cortulua in 1998. He won two Colombian championships with Deportivo Cali and then in 1999, he joined CA River Plate, Argentina (79 games and 7 goals) , where he became well known and won two Argentinian championships.

Mario signed for FC Nantes (73 games and 2 goals) in January 2002 where his nickname was “El Rey” – “The King”. He became an outstanding central defender in the French League and joined PSG (88 games and 8 goals) – when his nickname changed to “Super Mario”. He is currently said to be the most highly paid Ligue 1 player, earning the equivalent of 250K euros per month. That translates to about ₤2M/year or about ₤40K/week – which wouldn’t be a problem to Newcastle. Mario Yepes also plays for the Colombian national team (35 games – 1 goal) and won the Copa America with them in 2001.

We think Mario would be a good buy for Newcastle and add lots of competition to the central defense – but with Edmilson very likely arriving in January – and Newcastle already having center-backs Taylor, Rozehnal and Cacapa – will this be overkill?

Let us know what you think – comments very welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Jamie

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    there is no such thing as overkill when it comes to newcasltes defence and let us not question BS he knows whats what. newcastle to beat villa 3-0 at home to hte delight of SJP newcastle at the top of hte league where they belong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Jamie – you could be right – he certainly looks an excellent player for 2M

  • Dave

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    If it is true that he doesn’t want to come over for a fitness test then you have to worry….why? Is there something to hide? A great signing if he wants to come.

    Overkill, I don’t think so…it’s a long season ahead of us.

  • nightfall

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    why not readings duberry? he showed over the weekend what he’s capable of

  • gordon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Olivers reputation of writing a credible story has long ceased.

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Duberry is rubbish! Yepes might be a good signing for Free though, but at 31 i’d rather we didn’t pay anything for him considering we’d be paying 2 years of wages too!

  • e

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    to old

  • chris

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Dave about the medical. He obviously has something to hide if he’s not willing to have one. But i also agree with Gordon about Oliver. He makes more stories up than Enid Blyton!

  • apan

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    4 CB is fine but more than that im not sure unless theyre versatile and can play as DM as well, i just want taylor to play all the time 🙂

  • CKS

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    In an Exclusive interview, Alan Oliver told me yesterday “I make stuff up off the top of my head to sell as many newspapers as possible. Also I don’t like Oba Martins because hes foreign”.
    Anything that man writes should be instantly disregarded and certainly should not be the topic of discussion here.
    This isnot a transfer update by any means. He doesnt know any better than you or me about the Yepes transfer. Hes just making it up as its a slow news day.

  • Mats

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Wouldnt Guti be an excellent replacement for Dyer and Solano?

  • Dimitri

    Aug 14, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think he has anything to hide in terms of his fitness, but the worry I have is that he is too proud to come and do a medical. As the most expensive player in France and a good record I think his Latin temperament may have risen to his head so to speak. I think maybe he thinks Newcastle should want to buy him without a medical as he is proven… Now if this is the case, then he may not be right for us as we do not need another primadonna at St. James…

    I would rather pay 2 mill for Sol Campbell

    your thoughts?

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Defo on Sol, far better player as we have seen him in the PL. As for Guti, I like him, playmaking attacking midfielder. But the only problem is whether he’d fit into style of PL. Could be another Viana!

  • valle

    Aug 14, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Well he isnt someone i would be estatic about but strength in depth is always nice, however i feel that there are loads of players out there who would be better than Yepes for us, and im really, really worried about that right back position to be honest.

  • Graeme

    Aug 14, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Would we not be better finding someone who is better than we already have to strengthen the squad with ability, rather than just numbers. Someone Taylor can watch and learn from along with Rozey and Geremi!!!!!!!

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 14, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Sol Campbell would be a better deal as he’s very experienced in the Premier league.

    I still believe BSA will go for Edmilson just before the transfer window closes and hopefully he’ll start playing again late September, early October to earn his keep……

  • bobby

    Aug 14, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    its lies… as with everything that plonker writes

  • doug

    Aug 14, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Dont sign Epes. If possible give Ramage a few games and then decide whether he stays or goes.

  • davids

    Aug 14, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    has anyone heard anything about Lilian Thuramm coming in -unsure how reliable this is -i also thought he was quite old?

  • shaun D

    Aug 14, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Haven’t heard anything about thuram, Thuram is 35 I believe

  • Rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    im not fussed about Yepesm hes nothing special.. if we sign him then hell give us depht but if we dont then i wont be loosing sleep.

    rumour is Lyon are after him aswell now.


    NIGEL DE JONG FOR RB!!!! can play across the back line or midfield, VERY versitile and solid.

  • Rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Tottenham have been alerted that Real Madrid midfielder Guti will be available for £5m if Arjen Robben joins the Spanish giants. (Mirror)

    ^^ could be a good signing for us?? left footed midfielder, can play striker aswell but prefers midfield if i remember correctly.

  • Ashton

    Aug 14, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23

    @ Rich

    kompany and de jong are both good players in ” football manager ”

    they even not exist !

    grow up man ,

    and we have 4 cb’s
    so we don’t need him

    just get a rb and ” playmaker ” 🙂

    c u

  • shaun

    Aug 14, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Ashton – what are you on!!!?? kompany definitely does exist and is quality, plays for hamburg

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Kompany would be a joy, but he would not join us, he only joined HSV to get soem experience before his move to Chelsea in about 2 years time.

  • Keep Oba

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #26

    i have a feeling that Oba can have another good game this week…seeing how slow Villa’s defenders are and with his speed he could easily slip through them. I am sad there is no mid week game, but ready to pounce on Villa this weekend.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Hopefully we do not sign Faye, Neville or Diop. The only bolton defender we should consider signing is Meite

  • Rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #28

    @ASHTON !!!!!!!!! 😐


    If you knew anything about european football you would know about both players, and they do exist… FACT… if your that simple just go and google their names.

    I have seen them both play many times and both are cracking players.

    Kompany is 20 years old and De Jong is 22 both play for HSV.

    Kompany is from Belguim and is very solid, one of the best CB’s ive ever seen play, and De Jong is very skilled… i would say he was better playing in midfield though thatn defence.

    i go over to Holland quite a bit and have seen De Jong play for both Ajax & Holland, he would of been in Euro 2004 had he not broke his leg 2 weeks before. Ive seen Kompany play alot on TV for both Anderlecht & HSV.

    give me some credit mate.

    and lastly, i dont know if yove ever realised but Football Manager is based on reality… the players in the game are REAL PLAYERS…. next youll be saying theirs no such player as Ronadinho for god sake.

    and i agree with Tom Toon, i think out of those 3 Diop would be the only player id consider but we should be aiming higher… but i have full faith in whoever Sam brings in.


  • Rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #29

    oh yeah, can someone please tell me that the herb in Amsterdam wasnt making me hallucinate?? cuz im sure i saw a player in the red & white playing RB for Ajax with the letters D E J O N G on the back of his shirt….

  • LiamBirchy8

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #30

    we could have a trio psg defense signing. rozenhal is already here, we are linked with yepes and have recently been linked with left back armand. It is a coincidence because yepes and armand both joined psg from nantes at the same time.

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    I play football manager ( I’m 14 ) and i was Cheltenham Town ( where i live ) and i bought both de jong and Kompany and they were both awesome. I have also seen Kompany play in the flesh and he is awesome, if we could get him i would be fairly chuffed to say the least!

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #32

    I got Cheltenham to the premier league by the way LOL and got to 5th place. So they werent just good good because they played in league 2.

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Also, SoccerVoice says that we are are interested in signing Crouch. I can’t see this being romotely true as we have cover for strikers already and they are pretty much the most formidable in the league.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #34

    How dumb do you have to be to think Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong are not real players :S

    I dont judge players based on football manager, i try to watch them, highlights, full matches, read there reviews. FM is done by real scouts who submit information about the players. It is somewhat accurate. By not to jduge the players solely on it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #35


    Try not to judge*

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #36

    LOL no i just thought i would say that i know they are good on manager games, but i hsve seen Kompany play and he is good, havent see De Jong though, how good? available? how much?

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #37

    de Jong is kind of looking to move because HSV are looking to cut down on wages. He was linked with villa and i hward the fee of around 6 mil

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Tom i aint complaining at you, but people sometimes just judge the players on what they know from FM, im sure you didnt though as Kompany and de Jong are well known players.

  • Keep Oba

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont judge players on the video games…the game I was playing had Oba rated an 81 and had him improving only to an 82 over his career, which I knew from the start and by watching Oba is a total underestimation (of course some people on here during the summer were totally underestimating Oba too, but that crowd seems to be thinning out)…it also had Rooney 5 points higher than Cronaldo and Kaka, which is absurd….BUT they can be a decent reference and help you learn alot of players in alot of other leagues…I try to use all tools available when I hear we are targeting a player I know little about…I check his Wiki…I check his video game attributes…(like if hes fast, has a powerful shot, or is slow and touches like a donkey)…I check YouTube and other videos..and maybe his teams forums…But I wouldn’t totally rubbish the video games…they can make you much more informed, certainly by getting you aware of other teams players you may know little or nothing about.

  • Rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #40

    i base all my assumptions on players on what ive seen in real life and on TV/internet.

    again, Kompany is going to be a superstar in the future, and De Jong is very good for a 22 year old. im still shocked some muppet on here said they dont exist….

    Just noticed Spurs got gubbed by the toffs tonight… ROLL OVER SPURS THE TOON ARE BACK TO RECLAIM OUR TOP 4/5 SPOT 🙂


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