As we mentioned yesterday, we expect Newcastle United to move now for some of the players they appeared to be after in January. One of those players is Czech 20 year-old midfielder Lubos Kalouda.
Lubos Kalouda – outstanding midfield talent
We reported yesterday that Newcastle were also after Giles Barnes of Derby County, but weâ€™ll have competition from West Ham for the player. We’ll probably also face very strong competition from Juventus for Kalouda, since the Italian club have been tracking him for a while.
The latest news coming out of Italy, however, says the midfielder will move to the Premiership in June. If they are accurate in that, it may be that Newcastle have the inside track, but we have no confirmation of that, other than we must be fairly far along in our negotiations for the player.
One advantage we should now have is that there are 3 full time executives at Newcastle United, whose job is recruitment, and we donâ€™t see why they are not working on a list of at least 10 senior players now, who could potentially join the club in the summer.
We also expect there is a similar list for younger players, between the ages of 17 and 19 years old.
Weâ€™ll have to wait and see, but we would expect negotiations to be going on right now for a number of our summer targets.
The Brno-born midfielder Kalouda currently plays for his home town club, in the Gambrinus Liga of the Czech Republic, and apparently Brno want around Â£2.9M for the highly-rated youngster.
Juventus had seen Kalouda as the long-term replacement for Pavel Nedved, and the youngster was recently called up for the full Czech National squad, for the very first time earlier last month.
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.