Newcastle Ready £7M Bid For Cuellar

Newcastle United seem ready to test Glasgow Rangers’ determination to hang on to their star center-back Carlos Cuellar, by making a £7M bid for the defender.


Carlos Cuellar – been in great form for Glasgow Rangers this season

Cuellar, 26, has been in great form for the Glasgow side this season, after joining them only last summer for £2.3M from Osasuna in Spain.

Cuellar has recently been voted the SPL Footballer of the Year for last season.

The £7M reported bid from Newcastle would give Rangers a profit of £4.7M on Cuellar in just 12 months, not a bad deal at all. But we think the actual first bid may be a little lower than the £7M that has been reported.

The Spaniard signed a four-year contract only last summer, and his impressive performances have alerted many clubs south of the border.

Dennis Wise, Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football, was said to be at the City of Manchester Stadium for last week’s UEFA Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg to watch the player.

Cuellar has also attracted the attentions of guess who?

Yes, Tottenham Hotspur are also interested, as manager Juande Ramos looks to get a partner for Jonathan Woodgate in the center of his defense.

That doesn’t sound good news for Spurs captain Ledley King, who has suffered multiple injuries these last couple of seasons.

We think Carlos would be a very good buy for the Magpies, now that it seems we have lessened our interest in Man City’s Richard Dunne, presumably because of his age. However, that still seems a little strange to us.

It would also be nice to beat Tottenham to a player, at least once during the summer.

What do you think? Please let us know.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • Az

    May 21, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Will beleive when I see it

  • scottish mag

    May 21, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    get him very aware defender, but hope he has a bad game tomorrow so that celtic can win the title

  • James

    May 21, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Rangers said they wouldn’t even consider bids less than £10 million.

    He would be good for Enrique, but £10 million for Cuellar would be crazy.

    His reputation has improved since Spain because he had handled the strike force of St Mirran and Gretna, does this mean he can handle the PL strikers?

  • Eric

    May 21, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I too will believe too when I see it. I am getting so cynical about media speculation now that I am ready to say buy him so Spurs can’t have him!

  • scottish mag

    May 21, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #5

    guys its time to celebrate

    no its not a signing, its better

    mls side toronto eant ameobi

  • Smiler

    May 21, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    rool on end of august when transfer windows shut im bloody sick of hearin how many players we are gonna sign its all just bullshit paper talk god i hate journilists there all WANKERS 😛

  • Az

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #7

    I guarantee Spurs offer the full asking price and we’re left to feed on the scraps

  • Ian

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Hope this one is true.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    shit day

  • valle

    May 21, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Imagine having as many money as Roman, then you could buy both spurs and us, remove all our deadwood like Smith and Ameobi to Spurs and then move their assests like Berba and Bale to us lol

  • Az

    May 21, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    that story is wrong……it say’s they’re tracking united star, ameobi is no star lol

  • Bryan

    May 21, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12

    I remember a certain CB from Rangers who was outstanding in the SPL. Then he came to NUFC for £8m. The rest was history.
    The name Boumsong ring a bell?

  • JC

    May 21, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone know if we will still be paying bartons wages while is he is in jail? (still can’t believe that one of our players is in jail thanks Fat Sam)

  • Davies

    May 21, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ll celebrate when he’s in a black and white shirt (not the kind Barton’s likely to be wearing!!!) and not before!

  • Steven1979

    May 21, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #15

    10 million is too much for this guy..even 5 mil.btoo..better we get campell for free..or some players from Bundesliga or FRench league..their defenders are better and cheaper..arse get Degen from Dortmund free..
    we want to give 7 or 10 million for a defender from Rangers!!..funny..
    Its better to spend this money that we still have for Turan or Mario Gomez..

  • Stami

    May 21, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    latest news hot off the Bollox Press…Spurs spy has been following D Wise around Europe collecting valuable information on players for the wannabe London Giants! it appears that this is their ‘recruitment strategy’ and have been linked with nearly every player that Newcastle have approached! Spurs also signed Newcastle bound Moderic days before he was to sign at the Toon!

    Tune in next week to see the actions of the Spuds in their hopeless quest to becoming a London Giant!!!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    May 21, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Shit day today and more shit to hear about news related to Newcastle United. I am soooooo fu££ing fed up of Spurs!!! Does Juande Ramos have any clue about what he is doing?? He seems to be copying every move Keegan makes!! I am tired of us being linked to hundreds of players only for Spurs to be in for them as well. Then at the end of the day nothing happens or they end up in Tottenham!! I AM SICK OF THE SPECULATION!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Chygrynskiy 🙂

  • nightfall

    May 21, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    just offer 7 m smith…2 birds with one stone 😉

  • Bob

    May 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Since we are talking defenders… I notice that NICKY SHOREY is up for sale:

    Worth a shot as a back up to Enrique?

  • daniel

    May 21, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #21

    He plays in Scotland. Rest my case.

  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t know why people are getting so pissy at Spurs. It happens every summer. Spurs are linked with everyone in the world. Seriously, if Spurs signed as many people as they are linked with, they’d have the biggest squad in the whole of the footballing world.
    Remember most of the so called journo’s in the south are Chelsea or Spurs fans.

  • Obafan

    May 21, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    First I have to see it, because I will not believe a thing which is not confirmed.

    BTW: Is he not too old to go for, he is already 26, just 2 years younger than that old Dunne; lol 🙂 ?

  • Graham

    May 21, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #24

    We dont have a hope in hell in signing this guy. He actually asked specifically to go to Rangers last year.

    I work in Glasgow a lot and most of their fans reckon he loves the place and has no intentions of moving on. And I dont think that Rangers are in real need of the extra cash

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #25

    scottish mag – People always want the little clubs like Celtic to do well, bless them.

  • toonoholic

    May 21, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Graham is beer cheaper there ? and the lasses voluptuous in glasgow ?

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Where’s the source for this story? Sure, we have been linked with him a fair bit, but you have no source directly listed for this particular round of Cuellar gossip. Or are you now doing as the rags do and picking player names and teams out of two hats and making up a story to fit?

  • tdt

    May 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #28

    lol Edinburgh is better than glasgow 🙂

  • iain

    May 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #29

    “I remember a certain CB from Rangers who was outstanding in the SPL. Then he came to NUFC for £8m. The rest was history.”

    true but boum was gash in europe (i think after one game against a crap side he made a rick and was getting grief from rangers fans) and ultimatly in his last few games terrible in the spl as well. only managed half a season b4 they wanted him out.

    whereas cuellar has been imense for a full season in teh spl and against some very good sides in the uefa cup, he was also very good in la liga so imo he has a lot more going for him.

  • Callum

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Guys – Remember how our last defender we signed from Rangers who performed well in the Scottish league turned out? Him and Bramble at the back gave the opposition fans a right laugh

    I dont think we should pay 7mil for this guy, get dunne for less and he has PL experience

  • Ashton

    May 21, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #31

    i saw him against Zenit and he sucked !
    he is not better than Faye Taylor Rozehnal imo

  • ronaldeano

    May 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Cuellar is by far the best player in the SPL. He is NO Boumsong. He has never put a foot wrong, unlike Boumsong!

  • Graham

    May 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonoholic – you’re not suggesting that Mr Cuellar is a beer swilling large breasted lady lover are you?

    Yes by the way…

  • Hadji

    May 21, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34

    With 7 mill we only gonna take the piss of the Rangers and at the end of the day he’ll end up in some club for 9 mill.But you never know ,this offer might work just fine for us as long as the Sper.s dont get involved in this deal.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 21, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Rather have Campbell for free!..Than Dunne or Cuellar for way too much!..

  • Jeff

    May 21, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Is anyone else filled with dread at the thought of buying a centre back from Rangers?

    And to give them a £4.7m profit on a player they bought a year ago – what the hell are we? The personal bank account of Rangers? I wouldnt touch this guy with a barge pole – form in the scottish league doesnt count for anything – second rate league for second rate players. Maybe a different story if he was young but at 26 if he was that good he woudlnt be playin for Rangers.

  • Lawman

    May 21, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Spurs and Ramos really p*** me off now!!! Ramos just has no talent and feeds off our guys. We should put word out that we’ll spend up to £15m EACH on bringing Luque and Boumsong back to NUFC. Hopefully Ramos will think, hmmm ….. NUFC are going for them, they must be good, lets bid £20m each.

  • Leo Smith

    May 21, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Look, stop this “Remember another centre back who played for Rangers? I rest my case” rubbish. It has no basis as an argument.

    By the same token I could say “Hmm, that Babayaro was a bit of a rubbish left back – best not buy Ashley Cole then!” or “Parker went downhill after a season, so there’s no point in buying Essien – he’ll do the same!” Some people…

    Also, stop the pessimism “Nothing will happen! The board are rubbish!” Right. So you’d rather have FFS back then? We bid £20m for Modric, we seem to have high bids in for other players and we’re interested in high quality. Mario Gomez would be an amazing signing, and we actually know he was watched, for example. GG7 says we’ve lodged a bid for Veloso. This set up will deliver – did we ever sign anyone this early before? Can’t remember us signing anyone before July for quite a few years! Also, I don’t buy all this “Board won’t allow KK to do [insert b****cks here]” The papers say we’re after eg Dunne, then when we don’t sign him, it’s the board not letting KK have control. So, therefore, the boards at Spurs, West Ham & Sunderland must be doing the same then…? Gimme a break.

    On Cuellar – yes please. Impressed me in the games I watched, esp. Uefa final. He’s better than what we already have and that’s a step forwards. At the very least he’s a good solid squad player; same applies to Shorey. We have a small squad and it needs strengthening. When we’re in Europe we can think about higher quality – they’re both as good as anyone outside the top 4 (give or take) so they’d help us, at least for the time being. COME ON THE TOON!


    May 21, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Let spurs have him, he has confidence playing against championship strikers. Bramble would be a superstar there. No thanks, can do better.

    Would love spurs getting him, watching players like oba, Torres, Rooney, tevez, ronaldo, Santa Cruz, yakubu, walcot, adebeyor, defoe, tear him apart. I can’t think of one striker to challenge him in Scotland.

    in the uefa cup, he didn’t play against premier league quality.
    And should he have done better to stop the goal in the final?

  • Bill F

    May 21, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Perhaps the wise sages of the R-squad have decided not to persue Dunne for some other reason than age. Ahhaa the penny has dropped.


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