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Newcastle After Czech Midfielder

10:50 am, Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle are trying to beat Juventus to the signing of Czech 20 year-old midfielder Lubos Kalouda.

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Lubos Kalouda – 20 year old Czech star midfielder

The Brno-born midfielder has been in talks with Juventus, who made a move for Kalouda earlier this month. His club Brno play in the Gambrinus Liga of the Czech Republic and want around 4million euros (£2.9M) for the highly-rated youngster.

However, Juventus seems to have stalled on the deal and are certainly taking their time to decide whether to sign the youngster. This has allowed Newcastle United to step in, and the Tyne-side club have opened talks with Brno over bringing the youngster to the North East.

Brno’s major shareholder Roman Pros confirmed to CTK yesterday:

“Considering that 31 January is getting closer, we have to negotiate,” “There are no further obligations to Juventus.”

“Despite that, we are awaiting their statement, but in the meantime we have started talks with Newcastle, who know our requirements for releasing Kalouda.”

Juventus apparently see Kalouda as the long-term replacement for Pavel Nedved, and it will be interesting to see their reaction to the Newcastle talks. Juventus were even willing for Kalouda – who was called up for the Czech national squad for the first time earlier this month – to stay at Brno until the end of the season.

That may now change with the Tyne-side club in negotiations for the player.

Kalouda was a member of the Czech Republic U-20 team that won the silver medal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Kalouda scored three goals in the tournament, and was one of the best players in the impressive Czech team. He was called up for the senior Czech National team just this month, due in part to his performances in Canada.

His style of play is said to be similar to that of legendary Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd. We wish.   :D

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCFAN // Jan 29, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    first! really excited about this guy, the new nedved!!!

  • 2 NUFCFAN // Jan 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    apparently

  • 3 wsq // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    keegan said, no european players unless they’re well established and world class.

    conclusion: false

  • 4 exi // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    I won’t come to Newcastle if a club like Juventus are interested in me. But if the player bullcraps and say he think the english league is the best league in the world right now, then we might have a chance.

  • 5 Michael // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Juventus will get him.
    If we get him it will be because Juventus decided he wasn’t good enough.

  • 6 wsq // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Juve went down last season just to remind everyone. are they really in a better position then us? they’ve got boumsong!

  • 7 steve k // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    wsq: but that was with regards to players for the first team. this guy is a longer term signing, who may not walk straight into the first team.

  • 8 Chicken // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    hasn’t Boumsong gone to Lyon now?

  • 9 sparetheman // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    If he’s meant to be the new Nedved how come he’s not already been snapped up at the age of 20?

    Who knows, we may get him but he could turn out to be another Hugo Viana.

  • 10 dyer // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    I am Czech and this guy is spot on. He hasn’t been snapped up because nobody knew about him until his great performances in last year’s U20 WC where we finished second. He has scored 5 goals in last 6 outings in Czech First Division, including 2 against Sparta Prague. He’s a real playmaker and he can shoot from distance. I’d go for him any minute.

  • 11 Pete // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    If we’re up against Juve, we’ll lose out naturally. And yes wsq they are clearly in a better position than us lying 3rd in the Serie A comfortably set for CL qualification.

  • 12 Neil A H // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    That would make four great young signings. Maybe we can fool him and claim we are Juventus. We both wear black and white stripes.

  • 13 Neil A H // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Also if we could add Barnes it would be a decent transfer window. Not for this year but five years down the road if the youngsters come through.

  • 14 sparetheman // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Lets show him a tape of the pre-season game we won.

  • 15 broon ale // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    wsg, they didnt go down last season, they went up. and are third in the league (serie A) so therefore likely to qualify for the champions league. they dont have boumsong either, he is now at lyon! ha ha. you couldnt have been more wrong.

  • 16 Steve // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Probably being used as an leverage to kick Juve into gear… Would love this signing but don’t expect it to come off. If it does, its completely contrary to Keegans recent statements about only shopping for premiership players or established world class players abroad. If we were to sign him, it proves one of 2 things. Either Keegan has no idea of whats going on in the boardroom, or, our board sees fit to sign who they please regardless of the managers opinion.

    Regardless, I’d love to see the kid in a toon shirt…

    PS. I do believe that the amount of money we could throw at players now, would tempt any 20yr old, no matter who he’s in talks with…

  • 17 micepie // Jan 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    i read one rumour that we’re offering 2M for Giles Barnes. Surely that would be an unsult to Derby! We seem very loath to spl;ash the cash.

  • 18 Tez131 // Jan 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    If anyone is interested here is a video of him.

    Looks decent – some nice goals.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=QR2Uy40vWNU

  • 19 Tom_Toon // Jan 29, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    I saw a bit of Kalouda in the U20 world cup and he looked fairly decent, new Nedven though? Not to sure bout that one, defintely talent there though.

  • 20 skippytrip // Jan 29, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    If we sign Kalouda it is not going against Keegan and his recent comments, it is about bringing young talent to the club for the future. Fabregas did not walk straight into the Arsenal line up he was slowly introduced as he molded to Arsenal’s playing style.

  • 21 Leo* // Jan 29, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    keegan saying he will be onky going for established prem players was in a paralell with morts wish of buying young talent for the future, i doubt that keegan will mind at all…

    i think the low bids are a front by newcastle in the hope that in the summer we can broker good deals because it seems that we are unwilling to splash the cash like our ex chairman who was a headless chicken with the clubs money

  • 22 t-g-w // Jan 29, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Tom_Toon there is an article on the BBC sport website about the AC of Nations and they claim Middlesborough hope to land your friend Chikahoui!

  • 23 geordie nick // Jan 29, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    keegans comments about only bringin in top class players was about players he wants to bring str8 into first team, this kid is one for the future and will not b a first team regular, also keegan will not have much to do with recruitment of young players, that is what the like of wise, jiminez, and veter have been brought in for

  • 24 scottish mag // Jan 29, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    looks good can score with right and left foot,likes to cut in on either and a good strike of the ball. snap him up quick KK




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