Newcastle Closer To Signing Pablo Aimar


There is news tonight, from the Spanish Press, that Newcastle United are making a concerted effort to sign Real Zaragoza’s 28 year-old midfielder Pablo Aimar.

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Pablo Aimar – Newcastle definitely interested in the Argentine

Real Zaragoza were relegated from the Spanish First Division last month and they want to unload their Argentine International to cut costs at the club, as we reported this morning.

The latest news coming out of Spain is that Greek side Panathinaikos have already launched a bid for the attacking midfielder.

It is thought the initial fee mentioned of £6.5M is rather high and that a solid bid of £4M from Newcastle United could secure the deal.

Apparently Real Zaragoza have even invited Newcastle make an improved bid for their player, following the Panathinaikos offer, that will meet the Spanish club’s demands.

Once there is agreement between the clubs, it is believed that Pablo Aimar will be only too willing to move to the Premier League in England.

Real Zaragoza’s top brass want to complete the Aimar transfer as their top priority, and have welcomed Newcastle’s approach for the player.

There is a chance that Aimar may indeed be the first one through the door this summer at Newcastle.

Here is Pablo’s career playing record so far:

Years 	   Club 	 App Goals

1995–2001  River Plate    83   21
2001–2006  Valencia CF   162   27
2006– 	   Real Zaragoza  53    5

1999– 	   Argentina 	  51    8

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119 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #1

    isnt aimar argentinian? didnt keegan say he didnt want and south american players? oh well if hes good great, also if keegan wants him then i will trust him

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  • macaz

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #2

    one of my favourite european players. so under rated i seen him at valencia he was amazing…lost a little bit of form recently with zaragoza but DEFINATELY worth the 6 million they are asking for.. i was gutted about modric as we all were so newcastle better get moving with this deal.. would love it to go through!

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  • Marty

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3

    This would be a grt signing,go get em!!!!

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  • Mac

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Used to be a world beater,not any more. I think this is a bad move. This is something we have been guilty of many many times before,getting in so called superstars comin to the end of their carrer lookin for 1 last pay day

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  • thelongshanks

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Hard to be excited about top european players coming to the toon,if we got him he wud be a great replacement for emre.Just hope none of the top 4 of r spurs want him.

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  • Ross

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #6

    think he was better than he is now in previous years, but would still be a decent first signing for us

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Great news,but how long will he take to settle???

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  • Gooderz

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Well if we’re raiding Zaragoza then we should get Zapater as well to take over from Nicky Butt.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Would be a very good coup, a player in decline – Unfortunately Yes

    A good replacement for Emre? – Absolutely

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  • Nev

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #10

    great … as soonas the club realises WE NEED NEW PLAYERS the better
    rather pissed of with all of these rumours and banter from “sources”
    stop beating round the bush and get a move on!

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  • thelongshanks

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #11

    aimar and faye for centre midfield next season. zog and milner on the wings.

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  • steven1979

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Alan Smith: New Generation: Pablo Aimar..
    he is end of his career..after valencia he didnt play anything..

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #13

    mac- but kk can get the best out of any player no matter what age unlike our past managers, u remember pedro coming bak at end of his career, was much older than aimar and look how well he did, and for 4mil is not exactly a big gamble is it

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Well if its 4 mil i say get him now.

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  • thelongshanks

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Zapater is a champo manager player nothing more.If i remember correctly is aimar not 29.2 points here, 1)he is older then replaced emre 2)he is older then dunne who was quoted as being to old for the toon as ashley wants young players which hold thier value and are not here for the payday 80K wages.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #16

    anyway aimar is only 28 yrs old, he still has a gd 4/5 yrs at top level

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #17

    He’ll be on huge wages, has always been considered too light weight for the Premiership and he doesn’t fit into our youth policy does he. This signing screams of fan appeasement. Sorry to be pessimistic, I genuinely hope I’m proved wrong.

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  • cooldj

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #18

    maybe be odd but i hope not. would like to see someone younger, hungrier and less lightweight. that zaragoza team that went down was very good so there must have been a lack of hunger.

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  • Toon Down Under

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #19

    This could be a very solid & tidy signing for us. But I look down to London at Spurs’s bid for Dos Santos for only 8 million. Come Newcastle, get on board for that one!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #20

    supershearer- havin a youth policy doesnt mean tht EVERY player we get has 2 b young, u need a balance of youth and experience, which is exactly why arsenal fell short this season cos thy didnt hav enough experienced players did thy

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #21

    for this kind of money he is an absolute steal. 4M is change in todays market, after all he isa once world class, argentine international.
    He’s still a classy player with huge experience, i know we had problems with these types of players before, but for this price he is more than worth the gamble. i would be oba the moon if we get him.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #22

    toonking-exactly my point , and if anyone can get him back to somewhere near his best its kk

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  • ToonDaft

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #23

    gotta be honest, i would prefer dos santos – if KK cou;d get Aimar playing near his best it would be a great signing, 4 m aint much of a gamble but i hope we dont stop looking at att mids of creative angle, would hope we would at least try for dos santos tho

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordie Nick agree mate. But the point is that is Aimar really what we need? Also our team isn’t exactly made up of youngsters is it? To that degree I think we can bring in youth, if that is our aim, and let them learn off seasoned pros like Owen, Butt, Germi, Viduka, Given, Beye…you get my point. I just worry that Aimar is a way to sell season tickets. Why not try for someone under the age of 27, maybe not youth but yet to hit their prime rather than someone leaving it.

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  • James

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Class act, and he was still in very good form when zaragoza were flying in la liga last year. i’d suggest that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #26

    toondaft- if we get aimar, arda, and possibly nuri sahin then i think wed hav a pretty gd creative/attacking midfield along with zogs if he stays

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would you want Dos Santos, he is about 6 times weaker than Aimar.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #28

    supershearer- i wud lyk aimar but if we get him i wud also like another AM aswell, i.e sahin, or sumone young lyk tht 2 learn/challenge aimar, i certainly dnt think gettin aimar is enough in midfield

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  • ToonDaft

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #29

    agree there, would love Sahin and Turan with Aimar – 28 Aimar, imagine if KK got him back to what he is capable of…… we would have made a hellish transfer coup – if it was to happen, the question we must ask is is a straight swap of Emre for Aimar worth it (assuming they were on similar wages)? i think; very possible

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  • Oba

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Any quotes here, that may actually prove this?

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #31

    wow now that you put it that way Geordie Nick :

    Imagine this :

    ————Given—————–
    Beye-Faye-Coloccini-Enrique

    ———-Nuri Sahin————
    Arda————————-Zog
    ————-Aimar—————

    ——Owen—–Ashton———-

    That is a champions league team mates !!!!

    (i know i’m carried away 😀 can’t help it !! )

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #32

    toondaft- if sumone offered tht swap i wud go 4 it deffo, but if the transfer fees reported are correct we wud be gettin aimar+1.5mil for emre, cnt go wrong with tht can u!!!!

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #33

    ye aimar would be quality when on form in la liga last season he was rocking and so were zaragoza

    if he could step up and not be greedy with wages i think he would be quality

    however midfield should not stop there either swp or turan should be snapped up and a DM i definately want huddlestone from spuds he could be great with his presence and passing something butt lacks

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  • toonarmy08

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Aimar is class ,skillful ,creative ,something we havent got .if the fee is 4mill that could be bargain of the summer !

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Geordie Nick – good call mate. If we can bring in a number of creative AM then great, I just hope that we don’t sign Aimar and call it a day. I like the idea of the young turks (sorry couldn’t resist) we’re being linked with and if we can pull them off then someone like Aimar would be a great mentor. Having said all that a signing like Aimar does show intent to other players so if the price is right then let’s get him.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #36

    toonking- looks pretty decent team dnt it!!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #37

    supershearer- agree totally mate

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  • thelongshanks

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #38

    No chance getting sahin,Arda dont know what going on there but fenerbache wont be happy that emre went to galatasery.

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  • james1989

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #39

    to be honest read thios every day, and after being linked with every player under the sun and seeing people moan about us needing proven quality its silly now seeing people saying they dont want him. He is a GOOd player, not great but a damn site better than hu we have at the moment. I have seen him play lots of times for valencia and more recently zaragoza and whilst he isnt world class like he used to be he would still be a v good signin and if its for 4 million id bite their hands off. The sooner people compare how we have spent 4 million in the past to Aimar for 4 mill the better. he is twice the player of duff and in my opinion better than emre. But anyway just my view. Glad sum people see that he would be an absolute steal.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #40

    ‘Fenerbahce wont be happy Emre went to Galatasary’

    haha

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