Newcastle Pursue Peru Midfielder

Sky Sports are reporting today that Newcastle United are today considering a move for Peruvian Juan Carlos Marion.


Kevin Keegan – is second Peruvian to arrive at Newcastle?

The midfielder apparently plays for Hercules in the Spanish Second Division, and according to Sky Sports the Newcastle manager and recruitment team has been monitoring the player’s progress.

And Newcastle have already talked to Marion’s agent, with a view to attracting the 26-year-old to St James’ Park.

Marion is under contract with Hercules until 2009, but he would obviously be interested in a move to England, and his club are ready to listen to offers in the region of £2.5M.

Marion told the Spanish media recently:

“I am happy in Spain, but it is logical that I would like to progress in my career,”

“If any big club wanted to sign me it would be an easy decision. England have a great league.”

The player is so unknown, there doesn’t appear much information about him that we can get our hands on.

He joined Hercules from Alianza Lima last summer, and played 14 times for the Spanish club last season with one goal.

He has played for Peru 4 times so far, with one goal, and stands 5’9″ tall and was born in Lima in January 1982.

Marion made his debut for Peru as a substitute, in the opening match in the first round of the Copa America against Uruguay last year and scored a goal.

Presumably the club have already asked Nobby Solano what this player is like, but it’s a big ask for a player to go from the Spanish Second Division to the Premier League.

We would assume lots of players looks good in that division in Spain, but it’s a completely different thing to ask him to play well in the English Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • BRAD

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Cue all the fans demanding we sign him and the usual jokers who claim to have seen him play.

  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    meh i dont have any opinion on him because i dont know the lad, but it seems again an agent is enjoying the fact that newcastle need players

    5Million Hits Ed well done

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t even know what to say, really.

  • broon ale

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    this is off topic Ed, but i am mates with gary madine. I originate from birtley.

    he will not be leaving carlisle this season.

    he wants to stay where he is. not because he doesnt want to join newcastle. He does!!

    but he wants a season of football to improve his development.

    i went to school with danny graham (also of carlise, formely of boro) and he plays every week.

    they both support newcastle however and would jump at the chance to play for them but as present gary feels he would be a reserve and he would learn more at first team level all be it at a lower level.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    if cashley wants to save on money in the transfer market i say BRING BACK NOBBY SOLANO!!!!!!!!

  • John

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Great..Is this one out off the 4 top top quality players Keegans wanted…

    Wise needs to be sacked..Not Joey Barton

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    broone ale – I agree, at their age playing first team football does a lot of good. He has to think about his career after all, can’t let his heart think for him at this stage in his career.

  • Hammy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    This guy sounds sensational, and at 26 he isn’t even at his peak…….if Nobby says this guy is hot
    that’s good enough for me.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Spanish 2nd division never heard of his club nevermind the Man City are scouting amazing Brazilians ofering 200k a week we are in the spanish backwaters chasing a 2nd division no mark and signing 15 year old Rooney impersonators….Ashley won’t get away with this for much longer and I can see Keegan doing one before a ball is even kicked this season.

    What happened to Ambition?

    We quite simply have non.

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Look out EPL!! Here comes Newcastle at full speed with the great Juan Carlos Marion at the driving wheel!! or wait….who?

  • TOON

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I wish fat fred was back at least we had ambition when he was in charge now we are just a medicore team who are content on being medicore

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Good bit of news Broon Ale. In those circumstances you would think NUFC would get him and loan him back immediately for a whole season Gets two birds with one stone. At least its an idea. Agree – we could not do worse than get Nobby back for a while.

  • GM

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    And another one bites the dust shola to Ipswich, although I am glad to see the back of this one, bye bye shola you PLANK…

  • Jimbo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    His agent probs wants him to stay for another year so he is worth a bit more when we try to sign him next summer

  • Naved khan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Wats happening guyz.
    Whos this peruvian Chap.Havent heard about him.Why dnt we go n get Van nistelroy,Etoo etc.

  • tian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    omg lol who is this player?
    is newcastle really so desperate??
    ill not be too shocked if newcastle comes to me 1 day and say they wanna sign me lol

  • paul p

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    i thought it was quality we needed not quanity, if he is playing second division football over there, then he must not be very good as top teams in the spanish league would want him if he was decent. newcastle united are becoming a joke, and if we are not carefully, we could go down if we dont so anything about it. not happy…

  • toonfan1

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    anyone else heard the rumour that is going round that aaron ramsey will go to arsenal and then come to the toon straight on loan for first team experience. i think it is total bs.

  • Irish_Mag

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I Think Most Of You Arent quite getting it here
    Although i confess to never hearing of this lad
    How many of you Recongised the Names Of The Current Arsenal squad when they were first signed?

    I Believe this is can be a good thing, signing players from second divisions (wenger has done it in france) Ultimately the players dont have ego’s cus there not getting ridicoulous wages, they would be hungry and enthused

    Usually its the ones you’ve never heard of that surprise you, give him a chance

    and a cheeky bid for Adriano I say
    KK could get him back to his best

  • Davies

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    BRILLIANT NEWS!!! Wise just signed me!. Okay, I’m 34 and I can’t run up stairs without taking a fag break, but I do fit in with the club’s new wage cap!!!

    I don’t know who this chap is, but if he’s been scouted, he’s been scouted for a reason.

    I really do want to see a signing soon, but while I wait for it to happen, I won’t be slagging anyone off for their lack of ambition.

    However little incoming activity there is, whatever the papers say about our club, management structure and anything else they want to slag off, I remain a loyal supporter of Newcastle United. I will not be disheartened if we sign somebody I’ve never heard of, and I won’t criticise Mike Ashley for being tight.

    Choke it down gentleman. He wouldn’t have bought this club to run it in to the ground.

    Now, where did I put my boots?

  • Graham

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    TOON – at the risk of repeating myself for the 82nd time…. if Freddy Shepherd was still in charge of NUFC we wouldnt have a club to support! We would have been in administration and going into next season with a points deduction (probably in the championship)

    Ashley has saved this club from oblivion and is taking the necessary steps to ensure that its longterm future is a strong one. Not just spending big on transfers and wages that aren’t sustainable!

    And you call Allardyce ambition??? Get a grip on reality pal!

  • Matt

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #22

    i dont think youre being very open minded here people. Look at Arsene Wenger, whats he been doing over the last few years? Signing players from french second divisions, signing UNKNOWNS, and just look how they flourish, second division players have no egos due to large wage demands, they are hungry, eager and enthused, exactly what we should be after

    Also put in a cheecky bid for Adriano
    and let KK work his magic on him

  • Graham

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Well said Davies. Well the bit about Ashley, by the sound of it even Duff could beat you up a flight of stairs – just

  • Ross G

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Haha, good old skysports. If you want to know about the lad it might be better to ignore Sky cause his name is actually Juan Carlos Marino no Marion as reports are copying. He is a CM/RM with pace. Mind you a better option is Merino currently playing in Greece, he is a small but incredibly gifted winger with pace skill and more importantly an end product. On Marino though he does possess quality, especially a goal against Uruguay earlier this year. For 2.5m you cant go wrong really.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Graham I admire your positivity on the boards but surely Alarm bells must be ringing somewhere in your brain.
    Newcastle would not have gone into administration that is complete nonsense.
    If you are not feeling a slight tinge of worry about Ashley,his recruitment team,the shit we are trying to sign,the managers position in all my friend are on PROZAC or similar medication.

  • scottish mag

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    exactly ross,

    i said last time an article came up on this page about him that he is actually quite a good footballer, he has a very good cross on him too and for 1.5m-2.5m would be a good deal.

    also our scouts are looking for unknown gems and he could be one of them, but a very good squad player he would be

  • Midjew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    If we are going to sign a Peruvian I’d rather have Farfan. No one else seems to be going for him at present.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    hhaaha great, this guys is brilliant……….nah, just taking the piss, never seen or heard of him….

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    sooooooooooo many ways to view the same issue!..
    …All part of life’s rich tapestry, i guess?..

  • neeraj

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #31

    relax ppl

    its just his agent who is spreading these rumors

    obviously trying to end up in teams promoted this season.
    Cant blame him


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