Newcastle Linked With Roma Defender

And so it goes on – yet another player we are being linked with this morning.


Matteo Ferrari – Newcastle linked with Roma center-back

According to various reports today, Newcastle United are said to be planning a swoop for Roma defender Matteo Ferrari.

The former Everton defender is available on a free transfer and we already know that Kevin Keegan is ready to strengthen his weak defense, having already dispensed with three center-backs at the club in Diatta, Ramage and Rozehnal.

The 28-year-old is attracting interest from AC Milan and moved to Roma from Parma in 2004, but has played just 72 times for the Rome club.

Matteo was born in Algeria to an Italian father and a Guinean mother, and played 11 times for Italy from 2002-2004.

He was previously at Parma where he played 62 times (3 goals) from 2002 to 2004.

He started his career at Inter-Milan in 1996, but played only 19 times for the Italian giants, and was sent out on loan to Genoa, Lecci, Bari and Parma during his time at the club, before finally moving to Parma in 2002.

He was on loan at Everton from 2005-2006 and played 8 times for the Goodison Park outfit.

We have no idea if we are really after this player, who is 6’0″ tall and turns 29 years old in December, but at least the price is good.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Decent defender, i was thinking about him coming in the other day because i knew he was available on a free.

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    another name to add to the list!

  • looney_toon

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    i’ve heard he is quite gd but never really seen him play. He is free if AC milan r interested the only way we cn get him cos we can offer him first team football. But italians hardly ever wanne leave their homeland. BUT HURRY UP N SIGN SOMEONE. turan was quality last nite, much prefer him to modric

  • mikeygd

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    bring back scotty parker!

  • b

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    LOONEY TOON. Is that sour grapes. Modric was wanted by everyone. turan is apparently wanted by newcastle. what does that tell you

  • Tom

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    shame we couldnt have swapped rozehnal and a bit of cash for behrami. they seem to really rate him over there lol

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Arda still looks better than modric tho’!..
    …Wouldn’t mind a free ferrari like!..

  • ToonKing

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    hmm, interesting player, he’s a fairly decent defender, more of a left-back than center back , would like him here but can’t see him as a permanent first 11 player.


    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    moyes making a 10m bid for Turan.

  • 51times

    Jun 12, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    We can outbid Everton as they are not rich at all. Also I have to agree, Modric hasn’t impressed me. He’s only been playing in the Croatian league and it’s going to be funny to see him struggle with the Yids.

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Milner off to L’pool, does that open the door for Turan or Pennant (I hope the first)?

  • xfer

    Jun 12, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom_Toon, have you applied for the scouting vacancy with the club? We need you! You could take up the recruitment role too.

  • scott9

    Jun 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    i think this wud be a gud signing on the free

  • Rich

    Jun 12, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    good signing, bring him in i say even as cover

  • chuck

    Jun 12, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Never mind Turan, sign” TOM TOON”as chief scout, fire Wise and his wise guys.

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 12, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16


  • xfer

    Jun 12, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Modric is having a great game right now. Im sure he will make a huge impact with spurs. Quality player, good skills with a good vision and a range of passing.

    Good to know we were looking for these qualities despite not being able to sign him.

  • Leo

    Jun 12, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #18

    this might sound like something that kynzn… * guy was on about last nite but someone told me about ferrari being linked to newcastle about a week ago, he wouldnt say who told him so i thought nothing of it… i shall grill him later on on the subject

    good player on the free too

  • Geordie

    Jun 12, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #19

    The price is good but it is important to remember that Cacapa was “a good price” last summer but in terms of his wages he wasn’t.

    Van der Vaart/Arshavin

  • toon4lyf

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20

    hes a godd player pretty quik


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