Coloccini Reported On Tyneside For Medical


Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini is expected to be in Newcastle today, to take his medical before he signs for Newcastle United.

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Fabricio Coloccini – taking medical today on Tyneside

The Newcastle Journal is reporting that he could be at St. James’ Park tonight to watch the pre-season friendly game against PSV Eindhoven.

If the player has not actually signed his contract Newcastle will probably not parade Fabricio, as they did Habib Beye, after they had signed the Senegal star from Marseilles.

The deal has seemed to have dragged on, but as long as the lad signs with us, that’s the main thing, and it seems like Deportivo aren’t the best club in the world to do business with, after all.

We hope he passes his medical and signs today, so that indeed the crowd gets a chance to welcome him to Tyneside, because the fans need that little boost in the transfer market.

While he’s untried in the Premier league, a number of Newcastle fans have picked him out as the center-back of choice for Newcastle over the last 18 months or so.

It’s a pity we couldn’t tie up Jonathan Woodgate in January, it now looks like we could have got a really good central defender in Fabricio, and his attitude again looks first class.

The 26-year-old joined Deportivo from Milan, and was loaned out to Villarreal, Atlético Madrid and Alavés. While center-back is his preferred position, he can also play at right-back and central midfield, so he could be a great addition to Kevin’s squad for next season.

And like many Argentine defenders, he’s a hard tackler, physically strong and tough, which are some of the attributes you need to succeed in the Premier League.

This will be Kevin’s 4th player into the club this summer, and each one of them has been a really good buy for the club.

Gutierrez, Guthrie, Bassong and Coloccini – a winger, a central midfielder and two central defenders.

Now what we need is a left-back, central midfielder and striker, in that order of priority, to set us up for a really good season.

We’re getting there – keep the faith lads and lasses.

Now for an experienced left back to push Jose Enrique.

Comments welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Really hoping to hear something from the official site.

    Or else, hoping to see him in SJP later.

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    good news! 😀

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  • mutoids

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    lol i posted a link which said this on the last article, and now its on the blog! good work ed

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  • Will

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    “They still have to confirm it, but tomorrow or during Wednesday I will pass the medicals at Newcastle. Right now we are just waiting to see both clubs reaching an agreement, because there still some subjects to be discussed, something don’t want to mention since it isn’t over yet.”

    http://deportivo-la-coruna.com/news.php

    (Posted by Mutoid)

    from the deportivo site i believe

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  • mutoids

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    will stop nickin my links! 😀

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  • Ronnufc

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ll be glad to finally get this one done, been dragging on a bit. Next priority i think is a central midfielder especially if smith leaves, we’ve got some cover a left back so i’d strenghten midfield and up front first.

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  • Matt

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Sod Woodgate, he just breaks in half all the time! Hooray for Coloccini!

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  • mutoids

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    haha nice one dude 😀

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  • joe

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Benayoun!!!!! Available and just the type of player we need!!

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  • nufc supporter

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    mutoids, whats ur real name

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  • Nobby's Dad

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe now some of the idiots on this site who’s only interest is in knocking the club will start to post postive messages!

    If Smith does go another striker and a creative midfielder and we are on our way. Lets hope Coloccini is introduced tonight.

    Keep the faith!!

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  • Matthew Tom

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Really happy about this, I hope it all gets finalised soon. He is a top top defender and just the sort of authority we need to lead our defence.

    Now all we need to do is:

    1. Sell Smith – £3m to Everton, are they mad?

    2. Sell Ameobi – £3m to whoever will have him

    3. Buy Shorey/Warnock for LB – or maybe Leighton Baines?

    4. Buy Moutinho and/or Arda Turan for AM/spare winger

    This doesn’t have to be particularly expensive – Arda for about £14m (more for Moutinho), Warnock/Shorey for about £5m so overall about £11m including selling Smith and Ameobi.

    So far, including Coloccini we will have spent about £15m. Presumably Mike Ashley – after spending no money at all in January – must have had a figure of about £30m in mind to spend in the summer?

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  • Robz

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Are we playing 4-3-3 this year aswell? In that case dont we really need some backup in the front-line? we’ve got injury prones in 2/3 of our strikers. Where’s the backup? At mallorca we played a 17 year old, didnt we?

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  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    lets hope this is the first of a few top signings,because we need more players in and quick…

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  • kajman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    still know official word from nufc, and no news from sky. so i’ll take it with a pinch of salt till i see what the club as to say.. still i hope its true
    ..?

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    hip hip hooray……still waitong for nufc.co.uk to announce it though.

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  • dougnufc

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Will tonight’s match be shown on TV?

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  • Irish John

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Alright lads,,

    I want to watch the game on the official site tonight but dont want to pay for the year….

    Its says £3.99 monthly pass, does anyone know if you have to pay that every month or can be a one off payment?

    Really appreciate anyones help..Cant wait for the game..

    Cheers

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  • kajman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    live on nufc tv ..web bases..

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  • Neil

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyone think we’ll go for Cuellar also now that Rangers screwed up their Euro adventure for the season!!? Of course they don’t even drop into the UEFA Cup and surely the Premiership is a more attractive league that the Mickey Mouse SPL.

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  • Lionel

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Not many deals are done quickly. It makes sense for the selling club to hang on and hang on, looking for a better deal. I suppose that is why so many deals are done in the last few days of the window. I gotta say i am impressed with all the players we have bought in, remember if it wasn’t for Wise and his team we wouldn’t have Bassong as Keegan said he wouldn’t have taken him without having a look. The only players that seem to have got away are those who didn’t want to come here. Will be very happy if Coloccini is there tonight.

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  • MattyDread

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I think it’s plainly obvious that our number one priority now is a striker.

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  • Lull

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    aboot time 🙂

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  • Ian

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    I hope he signs BEFORE he watches the match.

    Good news let us hope it is correct and everything is ok.

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  • nufc4life

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    we shud offer 3mill plus ameobi for shorey. good strong left back.

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #26

    We need a new striker even if Smith and Ameobi stay.

    Those two cant score in a brothel and Viduka is always injured

    Owen and Martins are not enough. We need a big lad in there, ie Derdyok

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  • kajman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #27

    yes i agree,, if anything as been so obvious this close season is that with can’t rely on the strikers we have to stay fit, and if that happends then we are in big trouble,,we can’t score

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #28

    The fat lady ain’t sang yet

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  • kajman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    sing fat lady sing for the toon fans

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  • ONEPETERB

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Any rumours re a smith /baines swop. Seems a possibility to me

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  • Ian

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Matty dread – you would think so, wouldnt you!

    I do not know how many times we have to be shown what our team would be like if we suffered unlucky injuries before we either buy another decent striker or if we cant afford to spend much, a back up striker, old but one who scores.

    We were shown at the start of last season when we only had martins, during the ANC while Martins was away and then for the few matches martins was missing how we would perform in real games, then these friendlies highlight the problem even further.

    We know they are trying to offload Shola, but Carroll to me is the biggest waste, that should be our next potential Owen or Martins, Carroll is no Guiseppi Rossi.

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  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Wonder if Zamblera would be able to play tonight? Maybe he’s still resting after the internationals. Hope Tozer gets a run out, think he deserves a chance in pre-season. Keep the faith chaps.

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  • toon fan

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #33

    great signing spending big money on defenders a very good sign
    would like to see a new center mid and a new striker
    i would like a target man zigic and inler

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  • peter596

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Formation?

    You would think that Keegan would prefer 442 but perhaps he won’t be able to get it to work in todays game like it once did! So the diamond again?

    Could Jonas play at the top of the diamond with Owen and Martins infront? Or if all strikers fit, Owen could be the top of the diamond like last year.

    Butt would be at the bottom with 2 of Zog/Milner/Duff/Ger at the sides?

    Would that solve the attaching CM problem?

    Given the injury situation and a possible preference for 2/3 strikers I think that another striker may be the priority as we really are in trouble if martins, owen and vidulka are all out.

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #35

    A young hungry Derdyok is who we should get.

    He wants to come and play alongside Owen and he is head and shoulders above Ameobi and Smith

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  • kajman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #36

    get nuggent from pompy…big lad strong and eager to prove him self in prem..and we could pick him up cheaply

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  • Mal

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #37

    Hopefully this deal will go through and I do agree with a lot of posters that we badly need a striker and a creative midfield player. These should be our priority.
    Shola will probably end up at norwich for about £1m, but I doubt kk will sell smith when he’s so short of players, although if we could get around £3m off everton we should bite their hand off.

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  • Danny

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Ed’s still wanting that left back first…
    Think your wrong m8, AM with flair is what we need most right now…

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  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    yeah we defo need a stricker,but the problem is how much is ashley willing to pay.

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  • JOeT

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #40

    will be the best defensive signing we’ve had in years – if not ever!

    Anyone else fancy a cheeky punt at cuellar afetr this one? now that rangers are in financial disarray?!!! I know other positions such as midfield, left back and attack are of a higher priority but imagine that partnership……

    beye Colocinni Cuellar Warnock

    That would be one of the best backlines in the prem, if not europe

    send edgear on loan, flog cacpa to hull 🙂 then have taylor and bassong pushing the front two!

    May have to wait till january for that one

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