Newcastle To Sign Argentine Diego Placente


There is news today that both Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United are attempting to sign Argentine International Diego Placente from Celta Vigo, in the January transfer window.

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Sam Allardyce – pursuing Diego Placente?

Diego Placente is keen to depart Celta Vigo following their relegation from the Spanish top flight last season. The Argentine defender has been strongly linked recently with a move to Wigan Athletic, although Celta’s refusal to cancel his contract is said to be holding up the deal. Placente has been cut from the club’s squad, has two years left on his existing contract, but still wants to be released in order to move clubs in January.

However, Placente looks set for a move to Premiership side Wigan Athletic FC or Newcastle United and reports today suggest he is in talks right now with Wigan Athletic.

Placente said recently to La Voz de Galicia:

“Celta’s treatment of me is unjust,” “I do not understand Celta’s motives for not allowing me to leave.”

“Celta want specific conditions for my exit and now I’m going to lose money over the matter.”

Here’s the playing career of Diego Placente:

Years      Club                App  Goals

1995–1997  Argentinos Juniors   36    0
1997–2001  River Plate	       110    5
2001–2005  Bayer Leverkusen    133    3
2005–2007  Celta de Vigo)	58    0   

2000	   Argentina 		22    0

We find it strange that we have been linked with 3 left-backs today. It looks like we will be signing two 17 year-olds soon. Ben Tozer from Swindon Town, which looks official now, and also impressive young Hungarian left wing-back Tamas Kadar from Zalaegerszeg. Surely we’re not that short of left-backs at the club, although we did pay up Babayaro’s contract last week.

Placente actually played at St. James Park in November, 2006 when Newcastle beat Celta Vigo 2-1 in the UEFA Cup. He is just under 5’10” tall and turned 30 years old last April. Finally here’s some biographical information on Placente:

He was born on 24th April 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently plays at left-back for Celta de Vigo of the Spanish league. Placente started playing professionally in 1996 with Argentinos Juniors, before moving to Argentine giant River Plate in 1997. He transferred to Bayer Leverkusen in 2001, where he played until 2005 when his contract expired. At that time he turned down an offer from English club Everton to join Celta de Vigo in Spain.

Placente played his first match with the Argentine national side in 2000, and was capped 22 times. A number of clubs are said to be pursuing Placente and according to the Greek press, Olympiacos are trying to persuade the player to move to Greece. Speculation in the Scottish press recently suggested the player was a target for Rangers FC.

Looks like everybody is after him. 😀

Comments welcome.



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47 comments so far

  • thesilverbck

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    not another left bck

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I said this not so long ago, go me, he was a brilliant left back now hes ok.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s interesting that we are linked with 3 left wing backs today.

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Alan Hutton RB to replace Carr! Right back cover is crucial, I don’t want Carr playing ever again. Pay up his contract like Baba!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    wsq – it wouldn’t surprise us if we did that – although Sam will probably keep him until his contract runs out in the summer. But if we can get another RB in – we can let Stephen move on next month.

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  • Bill f

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Leo, this is a belated reply to an earlier comment that you might have missed and asked me about.

    Leo bit late to reply I know, do you remember the world cup song (can’t remember who did it) We’re gonna score one more than you Vindaloo, Vindaloo, naah naah naah, etc.

    If you dont see this will copy and paste to later blog.

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    well, of the 3 left backs that we seem to have now none of them have exp, which is why this could be true… After all, who in our side are they going to watch in training and learn from?

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  • Chris F

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8

    well, to be fair Ed, we only really have one actual recognised left back at the club now babayaro’s gone, and thats Enrique.

    Tozer is a signing for the future, he won’t be near the first team for a while, and his signing fits in with what Mort has said recently about signing players for the future in january.

    i really feel that what we need is a creative midfielder, like that Diego guy we’ve been linked with.

    If Placente becomes available on a free, he’d be a good signing to give a bit of added depth in defence, where we’re only really strong in numbers in the centre.

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  • Bill f

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Looks to me like He is thrown his teddy out of the pram because they’ve gone down. Do we really want players like that, not exactly a youngster either.

    Are people really saying that Hutton is better than Carr. (Just kidding) 🙂

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    U cant blame players for wanting to use their best years in the top if its at all possible. And actually experience is just what we need at left back, just see how well Beye are doing for us. That said, i would rather want Bridge if at all possible.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Chikhaoui again linked to a major club, we should have signed him when i said and we could be laughing :p

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  • t-g-w

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Think someone may have pointed this out already – Placente was a GREAT player at Leverkusen when they reached the Champions League final but I don’t think he is that great anymore. Wouldn’t be 1st choice left back surely? Don’t understand why we don’t play Enrique in the side… He was our most expensive signing in the summer! That would free the Zog to play down the left and be even more threatening! Would anyone else like to see us linked with Riise for LB?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Bridge is good but always bloody injured.

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    diarra wants to leave.. i rate him. more frenchies in the team.. would be good.

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Marek Jankulovski, the left backs wud definitely learn from him!!

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #16

    and he’s czech which is good for rozehnal!

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I want to buy a new newcastle jersey but having trouble thinking whose name i should print on it. If parker was still in the team, i’d print him, but no one really stands out now, except for taylor since he’s geordie, and I HOPE very unlikely will leave in the future.

    Keep on going back to Shearer, cause he’s immortal in our colours. Do you guys face the same problem?

    Just saw Brown getting burned by Torres! Haha

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    True, we do need a general that has that aura about him to really move forward, someone like Keane was for Manure and Viera for the gooners. Geremi isnt it. that for sure.

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  • wsq

    Dec 16, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #19

    De rossi from Roma would be my midfield general!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #20

    If you want a Roy Keane type theres this young croatian fella called the new gattuso, Ognjen Vukojević.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Poulsen, Kehl, Cana and even Eduardo Costa also come to mind, he will be avalable on a free transfer soon.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh and how can i forget Fellaini

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #23

    and demichelis, there are loads.

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  • Bill f

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Can’t help feeling it’s going to sound a bit creepy cheering for someone called Placenta.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #25

    ahaha, its lucky we dont play in red.

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  • micepie

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Uhm, well if these are both 17 year-old left-backs then why not sign them?! They will be for the future, whilst for now the only real l-b we have is Enrique, with Zog currently doing quite a good job too.
    I’d like to see us sign at least one of the young strikers that have been mentioned though, and along with a Carroll recall we’d have more option when Martins is missing.

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  • steve

    Dec 16, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    I can’t understand why we’re looking at left backs – Sam wont even play Enrique despite paying over 6 million quid for him!!

    We need cover at right back and some decent midfielders asap
    We lose Faye, Beye, Martins and Geremi (hopefully) and have a tough run of games
    If Owens injured I feel we’ll be getting nil points 🙁

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  • scott 9

    Dec 16, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    this would be a good signing to add depth zog can go back to wing tozer wont be readt for 2-3 years so sign placente on a 2-3 year contract and placente and enrique battling it out for the left back spot i would start enrique and have placente as second choice

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  • scott 9

    Dec 16, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #29

    is kader a left abck or centre back

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Tom_Toon, all the players u name a defensive midfielders alright. But what i meant was a captain that could inspire by his mere presence.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Barton.

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Perhaps, he is the best of the ones we have anyway… strip the armband of Geremi 🙂

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #33

    HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER ‘FOOTBALL MANAGER 2008’ SESSION ON THIS FORUM,

    we should sign lulinha, diego capel blah blah blah, get real, this aint football manager

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Dragoner… U have the new version m8?, is it any good? 😉

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  • toonpipes

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Dragoner – cudnt agree with you more. Boils my p*ss when people come on here wittering on about this player and that – i mean who do these people think they are?! Dont thet think nufc have any idea about who to sign, i mean who is listening to what bloggers on this site think we shud sign . . Tomtom shhaaaadap and get on wit it . .

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  • Leo

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #36

    nothing wrong with tom_toon coming on hear and talking about players that he is interested in seeing at newcastle, its his point of view.

    Placenta yes that would be a bit strange shouting his name

    theres only one Placenta, one Placenta, walking along singing a song, walking in a Placenta wonderland

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  • valle

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Toonpipes… U sound like a boy who got his dreams crushed

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #38

    why do you guys never talk about carrick ? hes costly stuff but hes a geordie and hes just warming the bench for anderson and hargreaves ..
    AND HES A GEORDIE

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonpipies, when did i ever say we should sign any of the players i listed, i simply did that to give a new conversation to the page and answer a question/comment that valle made before.

    Dragoner – fyi i dont even have football manager and nor have i ever had it.

    Just a bit of banter and its seems to have worked so, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeey. ;p

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Id also like to state that since your previous comment you now have very little credability on this forum.

    And you actually get water if you boil your piss, thats what they do in the desert, a favourite of the army.

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