Luque Deal to Holland Will Not Be Easy

Last week’s proposed move to Levante for Newcastle’s Albert Luque broke down at the last moment because of Albert Luque’s personal terms.

The situation now is that both Big Sam and the player himself believe it is best that he leave Newcastle because his chances of first team action this season do not look good.

That’s even after Luque has shown good form when involved in Newcastle’s pre-season games where he scored 3 good goals.


Albert Luque
– time to move on from Newcastle?

We don’t know what Luque’s wages are at Newcastle other than they are big, and estimates put them at ₤60K/week. From a business viewpoint that’s a lot of money to be paying out to a fringe player.

And those wage demands have put off a lot of clubs, which is not surprising and was caused by some bad management by Newcastle in the past, under Souness and Shepherd. We are told by the Newcastle Journal that Holland now appears a likelier destination for Luque than his initial preferred Spain.

Ajax are apparently leading the chase and Dutch sources last night confirmed that officials had traveled from Amsterdam to Tyneside to discuss a deal at St James’ Park. An agreement has not yet been reached but news is that Luque is expected to end his Newcastle employment before next week’s deadline.

We don’t think this will be easy to achieve because we’ve been down this road before including last January when Luque was thought to be moving to PSV. The stumbling block is that it looks like Luque will not move unless he gets the wages guaranteed by Newcastle in his contract, which still has another 3 years to run.

Newcastle could offload Luque just for the wages gain which are ₤3M per year but losing the transfer fee of ₤9.5M in 2 years on a player is very bad business and not something savvy businessmen like to do. We’re sure Newcastle will want to recuperate at least some of that.

While we think it’s best for both Newcastle and the player to move on, it may be that Luque himself has to take a wage cut if his nightmare time at Newcastle is to end before next Friday. We do hope that some agreement can be reached but don’t believe it when the news is that it’s expected to be agreed. This deal has a number of possible stumbling blocks, as we’ve seen in the past. We’ll just have to wait and see how things go this time – and maybe keep our fingers crossed that a deal can be worked out.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    albert will not be missed like in fact we hardly new he was even there just another 1 ov those players that come and go without doing anything but take our wages

  • toonfan1

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    another waste of time really!!! only scored 1 goal in the premier league which i could understand if he was a defender but he is a midfielder/striker and i say good riddence!!!

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope we can strike a deal and get him off our wage bill. He’s a very good player but never shown it while at Newcastle.

    Spaniards do not do well for Newcastle, spending more time injured than on the field; i.e. Marcelino a big CB with a broken finger; what a big softy….

    I only hope Enrique proves that Spanish players can come to Newcastle and play football. Under BSA he has the opportunity to be succesfull!

  • ChrisL

    Aug 24, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Surely there are only three possible outcomes:
    1) Luque is happy to continue to be a fringe player at Newcastle, so he can pick up his current wage.
    2) Luque Moves to another club, accepting a pay cut, so he can get more 1st team football.
    3) Newcastle continue to pay his high wages while he plays for another club.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 24, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Chris – good thinking – another possibility is that Luque goes out on loan and that club (like Ajax) pays his wages. To us that’s the best deal because if he plays well we have a chance in the future to get some money for him.

  • ChrisL

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Hi Ed, I agree that’s technically a possibility…. but back on earth…. I don’t think any club would be stupid enough to do that. I’d settle for them paying 50% of his wages.

    But what I can’t get out of my head, is what happened with Hugo Viana… he went out on loan, had a great season & then we still couldn’t get any money for him. I’m just not sure it works.

  • George

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Well it looks as if Ajax are going to get Albert.
    Im not sad to see him go, but lets face it, he did not shine for us.
    Some may say he had the chances, well yes he had a couple of games to prove himself, but nobody else was playing well either.
    The manager who bought him did not last long, and then Glen Roeder virtually told him he had no place for him in the team and was surplus to requirements. That does no body any good.
    The good thing about Albert, he did not shout his mouth off about the club or manager. He kept quiet and for this i wish him well.

  • Grambo

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought we were going to give the lad a chance to prove himself….

    He has had a good pre season, looks to be getting his fitness back, which he has never really had while playing for us.

    I still think we should keep him around, with our histroy of injurys, he will be first team in 2 months!!!

  • AndyW

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder about Albert’s Dad’s part in all of this. Luque junior was keen to go to Levante, and Betis and Osasuna – so not very fussy really and all the deals break down when his dad starts talking to clubs as his agent. Same happened with PSV if we believe what we read.

    I wonder how many people Albert’s 60K a week is keeping?

  • Darren

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Luque is looking at a 40k a week wage drop if he moves on, you cannot blame him for sitting tight right now, he knows Newcastle will end up subsidising his wages to get him away eventually.


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