Peruvian International Linked With Newcastle


Portuguese side Sporting Braga have confirmed that there are several English Premiership clubs that have shown an interest in 6’0″ Peruvian defender Alberto Rodriguez.

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Alberto Rodriguez – Peru International linked with Newcastle again

Aston Villa and Newcastle United have both been linked with a move for the central defender and Braga president Antonio Salvador has confirmed he is willing to let the player go, but only of course if the price is right.

The 22-year-old, who is valued around £6M, is nicknamed ‘El Mudo’ (The Mute) and impressed for Peru at the Copa America earlier this year. He has now come to the attention of several clubs in England.

Salvador told the Portuguese media.

“It is true that interest in the kid from English clubs exists, but the subject has not been closed,”

“It is possible that I will go to England personally to speak about him.” “Alberto has a value in the market and Sporting Braga is not disposed to reducing it by a euro in any deal.”

Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar, otherwise known as Rodríguez, was born in Lima, Peru, in March, 1984. He plays for Sporting de Braga in the Superliga and has represented the Peru National side 31 times.

Before moving to Braga, he played for Sporting Cristal in Lima, Peru, a total of 155 times and scored 15 goals. He has so far played 15 times for Braga and scored one goal. Rodríguez represented Peru during the qualifying stages of the 2006 World Cup, and played for Peru in Copa América 2007.  He is contracted to Braga until the end of 2010. Other clubs said to be interested in the player include Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Boavista, as well as Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

But just like the 5-6 defenders we brought into the club in the summer, Alberto has no Premiership experience, and would likely need time to adjust to the rigors of English Football.  We don’t think therefore he would be a good buy at this time and we believe any defenders coming to the club in January should have Premiership experience. That doesn’t apply to the youngsters we expect to bring in next month.

What do you think? Comments very welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • Brad

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, he’s only 22, and for a defender that’s pretty young. 6m is quite a bit though. I’m a little indifferent on it.

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  • JW

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Buying players with Premiership experience is all very well but what if you can’t get them? In an ideal world that’s what we’d do but life isn’t ideal, so what do we do, not buy good players?

    I do take your point, but Newcastle is not in a position to pick and choose who it buys. Alberto Rodriguez sounds like a very good player (he’s already been compared to Fernando Meira), up for sale at a very good age, 23. I don’t see what difference his lack of Premiership experience makes anyway. Look at what a good player Nemanja Vidic is for Man Utd, he didn’t have PL experience.

    We’re not going to get relegated this season and the teams above us are too good to allow us to finish top 6. We should concentrate on building a good squad for the future. Signing Rodriguez gets my vote.

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  • joey

    Dec 28, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Just a quick hello from everyone at man city who is pissing themselves over super joey,we are all in the same opinion that after next wednesdays game big f***in useless Sam will be unemployed and mr Barton will still be behind bars,and we wish everyone at newcastle a happy new year.

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  • SuperShearer

    Dec 28, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    JW Great post mate agree with everything you said. Realistically the best thing to do would be to get some of these players in now so as they can half a seasons experience in the league before next. The problem is that it doesn’t look like Sam will be given money to spend in Jan and with our current form who can blame the board for that decision.

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  • Keep Oba

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    thats ok Man City fans…you cant even sell out derby games. Your team may look flashy right now, but you will fall back at some point and those empty bright light blue seats will be shining nicely on the tele. Anyways…joey wasnt impressing me too much anyways lately on the pitch.

    This Peru guy seems nice…Newcastle it seems to me can never have enough defenders…I say buy 10 in January and hope 2 work out nicely. The problem with this transfer window is that Big Sam is faultering at the wrong time if he wants some money next month. He isnt exactly instilling any hope in the team currently and Mort might want to wait to see how the season goes until he lets Sam go spending again (or opt for a new manager and give him all the money).

    Oh well…heres hopin for some points in London tomorrow.

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  • mark

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #6

    We should just buy him. But I would also try and get in Wes Brown.

    We still need a creative player with a spark. Andriy Arshavin would be a great player. Just give Sam £15m or so to get these in, haway, Ashley is meant to be a billionaire, if he can spend money on us fans in a nightclub, he can flash the cash in the football club aswell.

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  • George

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    What is the point in buying a young gifted defender, when Sam Allerdyce will probably play him on the wing. Seems like a waste of money to me.

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  • Hammy

    Dec 28, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmmmmmnn dilema time for Mort…
    does he give Sam transfer cash or does he sack him and give it to the new guy…….

    Looks like Fulham are going to be relegated,
    strange appointment in Roy Hodgson,
    would’ve bet my crown jewels on John Collins getting the job.

    Anyway back to the toon……I’m getting a similar feeling that I had when Martin Jol got turned over at St James, if I was big Sam I’d cancel my Viking Direct order for 2008 year planners…

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    You would think City fans would still be humble considering they are still in Uniteds shadow and have only recently tasted a bit of success. But no, they have become boastful and arrogant as quickly as they have become successful. It is a shame because i really wanted City to do well before they started coming on here and giving it all the mouth. Oh well, now is their time and i hope they enjoy it. Personally i dont feel their success is going to be around for any longer than a few seasons.

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  • Obafan

    Dec 28, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Looks like Bramble? Hopefully when he comes he isn’t like Bramble on the pitch.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #11

    he looks a little bit like oguchi onyewu. Was he really that bad for us? i dont remember him playing much

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  • marksow

    Dec 28, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #12

    6 million? With that price tag he could join Enrique in the category of the Premier League’s most expensive boot cleaners.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Nope. Defenders we have and a nice mix of skill, age and experience they are too. We are not going to win games by being defensive what we need is to threaten more up front and play the sort of positive football that yields goals. I think the fans are great at newcastle. When we lost 3-1 at blackburn the boys got a great reception because they worked their socks off and they never looked like giving up. Derby and Wigan was another team entirely and we dont mind being mid table but to be there at the expense of teams in the bottom three shows a weakness that has not yet been address by Sam and the players

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Im all up for a new, talented, young defender that costs around 6 million….

    Oh wait, someone say Enrique??

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #15

    It seems like everyone within the football industry is backing sam. With Alex Ferguson being the most recent. I hope the board listen to those with actual experience, not just impatient fans.

    I wonder how the people on here are going to now try and discredit Sir Alex Ferguson as a manager and say he knows nothing. That will be funny.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    he doesnt know what are club like, the fans do, enough is enough, sam will probably get sacked, i like the fella just not his tactics and playing style. If he can play the players in their right positions and play a 4-4-2, i dont mind if he plays long ball against the better teams, but not vs wigan, reding etc.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #17

    The fans know nothing about football management, something Ferguson knows plenty of, if i was Mike Ashley i would listen to 20 experienced managers and pundits within the business rather than thousands of inexperienced, impatient fans.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #18

    no offence to the fans on here

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #19

    i didnt say the fans knew about football i said fans at our club know what they like: attractive, winning football and if not then going down with a fight.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #20

    fergie is right about one thing, ill never know either why we sacked bobby .
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/columnists/columnists.html?in_article_id=505022&in_page_id=1951&in_author_id=342

    i kinda like this article .
    but the flood of backlash for toon fan’s in the media is starting .
    i could understand all the backlash if we had wanted allerdyce , or ahad hiredim , but neither are the case.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #21

    that’s meant to read , or ashley had hired him. edit not working

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  • Marguerite

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Dragoner – With the greatest of respect Ferguson et al are NOT forking out their hard earned money to watch the sort of abysmal dross we have been forced to over the past few weeks. So it is easy for them to pontificate and sit in judgement on us.

    Whilst I am not advocating Sam’s sacking, I am definitely saying I DO NO LIKE the way he has my team playing, it is soul destroying,

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  • Tripp

    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Aye that, the soul destroying part. We should be playing possession football against the teams lower than us in the table. I can understand playing a spoiling, physical style against a top side. There it’s all about breaking up their rhythm, denying them time and space, and forcing errors (like the one that resulted in Taylor’s goal against gooners). But playing so negatively against the likes of Derby, Wigan, and Fulham, with all of the long balls that waste possession, really is boggling. These lads are professionals and they should be playing a variety of styles that suit the given situation, not playing one style all of the time. It’s just a waste and very frustrating to watch.

    JW is correct. We’re not going to get the pick of the litter. We have good players. We just need to use them effectively and wins will come. Right now we’re not using them effectively and we’re going to be hurting in a week when we lose 4 players. In particular, Beye will be missed.

    Still, if we can rise to the occasion tomorrow we can nick a point. It just depends on which team shows up. We know what formation it’ll be, just a matter of how much fighting spirit the lads show.

    I wonder if there’s a bit of a revolt going on a la Bolton earlier this year. I just can’t figure out how we can draw against Derby County at SJP, even if we played a 10-0-0.

    Howay the lads!

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  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24

    I take back all the stuff I said about getting rid of Sam, I was just so frustrated.. While I am clearly NOT a fan of his, I still think we should stick by our team and manager, and not take hasty decisions!
    And I also think that we should give Joey another chance even if he’s found guilty. But that should of course be the FINAL chance, and if they could work out a side-contract with him that if he ever did hurt a Fly again while playing for us, then the contract will be terminated..
    We gave Butt another chance, and he took it straight away and have not dissapointed anyone since… ( of course he is not that good anymore, but you see my point)

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  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    For the future I think that we should never sign a player that sees a move to us as a step down. That means any ex-player from Man U, Chelski, Barca etc.. at least not until we are an established top-of-the-table-team..

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  • john

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    6mil the players probably valued more than there clubs worth

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  • Sam Cabot

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Oh, great post!
    My respects! Write more, but do not forget about the rest

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