Newcastle United have been interested in Argentine and Deportivo La Corunaâ€™s central defender Fabricio Coloccini for over 18 months now, and reports today, in the Independent, suggest that Kevin Keegan and Newcastle may be after him again.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle after him again?
Fabricio would cost around Â£8M and Coloccini has been known to Premier League scouts over the last few years, but there are some nagging doubts about his suitability for the English game.Â GlennÂ Roeder first became interested in the player back in January, 2007.
We’ve always liked Fabricio, but it’s difficult to know how big defenders will do in the Premier league, and you must be physical or else you just will not do well, as we witnessed last season with David Rozehnal.
An advantage with Coloccini is that he is versatile, and has played both at right-back and as a defensive midfielder for Deportivo in Spain.
Coloccini is 6â€²0â€³ tall and has appeared 99 times for Deportivo and 27 times for Argentina, and he was was born in CÃ³rdoba, Argentina.
He went to AC Milan in 1999 but was loaned out to a number of clubs before he joined Deportivo permanently in 2004.
Coloccini is a good player, but since heâ€™s untested in the English Premier League, he would still be some level of risk if Keegan does sign him.
Coloccini is contracted to Deportivo for the next three years, but the fact that we have just signed another Argentine, Jonas Gutierrez, should help him settle on Tyneside, if he does finally arrive.
Only yesterday, Keegan challenged the club to bring in two defenders, before the squad travels to Mallorca next week.
We’ll have to wait to see if we can achieve that goal, but time is starting to run out in the transfer window, and we just must start bringing some top players to the club.
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