Newcastle Still Pursuing Czech Whiz Kid


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.

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Lubos Kalouda – outstanding midfield talent

We reported yesterday that Newcastle were also after Giles Barnes of Derby County, but we’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 don’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.

We’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 £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.

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27 comments so far

  • adam

    Feb 5, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #1

    bring on the summer!!!

    sick of most of the players we have, lets get some quality senior players in, otherwise these younger players wont have much to look forward to

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  • Neil A H

    Feb 5, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope he comes. Seems like a good prospect for our woeful midfield

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  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    We need this guys technique in midfield because ever since Solano left we have been seriously lacking any creativity.

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  • broon ale

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    If I was Keegan these would be the 1st 2 players I would bring in after watching them in the Africans cup

    Arthur Boka (LB, Ivory Coast) 1st so him in World Cup 06 wa impressed with him hes quick as fcuk, strong and very attacking. Reminds me of Bernard on his day. Only 24 aswell

    Stephane Mbia (CM or RB Cameroon) Was immense when he was on last nights game seen him once for his club on Setanta and they reckon he is the next big thing to come from Cameroon. Only 21 yrs old

    Both of the above play in France and are not at big clubs. Bokra was linked to Liverpool last summer for 5 mil euros (3 million £s) in our currency. Mbia could probs get for the same

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  • broon ale

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    corretion. i think boka plays for a german club,, now on with our lives.

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  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Broone Ale- Sounds interesting. I only hope Keegan has had an eye on the African Cup players and identified them two. We desperately need a team full of strong, quick, and creative players. We really lack any imagination and our players seem to be brushed aside in man to man contests.

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  • iain

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    wouldnt mind beating the big italian teams to some of the exciting young talent in serie a along with players like kalouda.

    hopefully we can get zola onboard and he will recomend lavezzi and hamsik of napoli.

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  • Drago

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Iain football manager is a good think, but not always…

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  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    If we could get Zola as another scout we will no doubt have an array of youthful talent among our ranks. He knows what good players are and him working with the Italy Under 21´s can only be a good thing. He could advise us on every future italian stars before a big club like Milan come in for them. I really hope he becomes our latest addition to our back-room staff.

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  • Gooderz

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    How about reported Chelsea target, Anthony Annan?

    If Kalouda is the next Nedved, Annan is the next Essien and plays in much the same way. A fee of around £1m has been touted for the 21 year old Ghanian.

    These two players could compliment eachother very well in a few years time.

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  • RAHUL

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    boka plays for stuttgart in germany

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  • Gooderz

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Lavezzi and Hamsik are certainly doing well at Napoli and look good. They might be worth scouting.

    Hamsik’s idol is Nedved (there’s another link to the Czech) and it was he who recently praised Hamsik’s performances of late and stating how he would be a welcome addition to the Juventus ranks. Now that’s some accolade…

    Also look out for Giovinco in Serie A, currently on loan at Empoli from Juventus. He may be a midget but he actually has some good skills.

    Personally though, I think Yoichiro Kakitani would be a better investment, even from a purely footballing perspective, ever since his name was mentioned here a short while back.

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  • iain

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    drago try watching serie a on the telly. you might learn something. i dont even have football manager.

    lavezzi and hamsik are the two best youngsters in serie a by miles.

    top players from juve/milan etc keep singling them out for praise. mand utd etc have been scouting them.

    but if you would rather nufc bought hundreds of average foriegn kids fine.

    personally id rather we at least tried for the best few that were already proving how good they are at first team level in top leagues.

    hamsik has scored 6 goals in 20 games this season for napoli. not too shabby for a 20yr old.

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  • GM

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #14

    do you not think it is worth getting theses players signed up on pre contracts now? can this actually be done?? that way they are in as soon as the season ends, all the negotiations etc have been completed, less chance of loosing them to another club

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  • ToonRich

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Would be great to see another youngster of his calibre come in to SJP…But instead of seeing some of these young signings as the future, how about giving them a chance to shine NOW! Can’t really do any worst than the current crop…

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  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    i think newcastle should now only look at players of a height of at least 5.10″ just because our team is not strong enough, unless they are an amazing talent but there is not many out there

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  • Luke

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    didnt we beat juventus to viana…?

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #18

    i just hope wise, zola, and the other 2 pick up all the best young talent around. I believe they will already been doing the neccessary work to bring them in, and it will just be a case in the summer to tie everything up. kev just needs to say yes or no and also concentrate on strengthing the 1st team, getting rid of the dead wood in the squad/first 11. the only way we will keep players like nzogbia is if we bring in the quality players, like he did in keegans 1st managerial stint, but he did it gradually then. when we got promoted, he brought in, beresford, venison, bracewell, sellars, robinson, andy cole and rob lee, the season after he brought in beardsley, allen, mathie, fox, pappavasilou, peacock, the season after brought in phillip albert, paul kitson, then we got sir les, david ginola, centre parton and shakka, tino and david batty. then in his last season got the biggest of them all in big al the ledgend. there is no doubt we will bring players in which are better than we have.

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  • Jeff D

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Kalouda is a handy aquisition, But im really hoping we can sign Arda Turan from Galatasary. He is Class! He will be as good as Ronaldo in a season or two.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #20

    No1 will be as good as ronaldo ever, he is the best footballer or will be the best footbller the world has ever seen.

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  • malaysian toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #21

    i agree that it would be almost impossible to find another player with the same quality as c.ronaldo in this decade. someone who is 70% of his quality could still do wonders

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  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #22

    If Arda Turan is 70% as good as Ronaldo, then he has to be some player!!!

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  • Dan

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    this sodeborg keeper we have signed is meant to be amaising

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #24

    has anyone got any vidoe clips of this turan guy

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25
  • arctoa

    Feb 5, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Kalouda is a bit of class; I would be happy to see us signing him, so long as the price is right. I wouldn’t really want another Viana-type situation.

    That Arda Turan seems like a legend, too; on the Wikipedia page it says that we’re interested in him but I wouldn’t know how much you can read into that.

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  • Tripp

    Feb 6, 2008 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #27

    @ #20

    The chances of that are quite small. Ronaldo is obviously an immense footballer, but he will be equalled and surpassed. Just a matter of time…. unless the global population takes a nose dive, then he’s got a chance.

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