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Coloccini Reported On Tyneside For Medical

2:20 pm, Friday, August 8th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini has finally arrived in Newcastle, to complete his £10M transfer to Newcastle United.


Fabricio Coloccini - a Newcastle player today?

That’s the really good news reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.

We know that Newcastle and Deportivo La Coruna agreed the fee in writing yesterday, and we understand now that Fabricio has finally arrived on Tyneside.

Coloccini will of course have a medical and then sign along the dotted line. We believe the terms that Newcastle will offer the Argentine will be no problem, so hopefully (and how many times have we said this) he could be signed today.

But Coloccini is a good player, and while he has never played in the Premier League, he is such an outstanding talent, that we have to hope he will settle in quickly at the club.

Coloccini has been training with the Deportivo Junior squad, while the rest of his first-team colleagues are in Venezuela for pre-season training.

Once the player signs, the first thing for Newcastle is to get his fitness assessed with Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan and top fitness coach Mark Hulse.

The very first thing obviously is whether he should get a haircut.

They will then decide whether Coloccini will make his debut tomorrow, but we doubt this very much, even though the opposition is a team he knows well from the Spanish League – Valencia.

Let’s get the player signed first, and then he can get to know his colleagues and watch the match from the stands tomorrow.

First things first.

Comments very welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ObaFan2 // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    The saga continues…. wonder if he’ll be there or even in the team tomorrow?

    Atleast Oba’s back and Zog.

  • 2 Chris H // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    If he doesn’t sign today I’m going to think there must be complications somewhere along the line. It’s dragging on to long now!

  • 3 MMNUFC // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    will big willies comment come true? the clock is ticking

  • 4 Robert from Serbia // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    i hope we sign him !!!

  • 5 Colo's Curly Locks // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    he should not cut his hair!!!

    we need a player with hair of legendary proportions. i.e. ivan campo, valdorama (sp), etc

  • 6 Luke // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    again? ;-)

  • 7 sweendog // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    About bleeding time .. maybe he got held up at the hairdressers .. it took a week to perfect the perm..

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Apparently its just the medical because he has agreed personal terms otherwise he wouldn’t be calling it ‘the contract of his life’.

  • 9 Mrjay // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    I can confirm that he is in the N.E as I nearly bumped into him at the Hospital this morning. That was at 8:30 ish. Was with another fellow/young lad and a smart lass! And yes he has had a haircut!!! On another note there was another footballer ther just after dinner time but didn’t get to see his face. Will keep the news flowing as it comes.

  • 10 TooooooN // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    good player good move. no premiership experience hopefully he can adapt fast. More competition in CB, might put faye as a replacement for defensive midfielder…..

    Collocini-faye-cacapa-taylor-bassong -> competing for two places! that sound good for the team :)

  • 11 xfer // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    About time this is sealed. Most important signing by far for a few seasons now. Defence has been a priority for far too long now.

  • 12 MMNUFC // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    well if he has had a haircut it must have been last night then because when he did the press conference yesterday which i have seen he was still smarting the magnificent perm.

  • 13 HeronMag // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM


    About time!

  • 14 hitman // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    great news, id love to know who the other sisning is.

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    If he gets his haricut he can stay at Deportivo, we need a cult figure.

  • 16 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    hope he plays 2mora!?! hope he hasn’t cut his hair! wanted to buy a wig!

  • 17 toonfanjonny // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Good news and look at this as well

  • 18 Magpie // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Not to bad

  • 19 kieran // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    i told you all this yesterday. i said….

    medical today

    possibly at game tomorrow

    officail unveiling monday

  • 20 scottish mag // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    mmnufc where did u see the conference???
    why were they at the hospital mr jay???
    wot was the other player like, tall, short, etc???

  • 21 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Kevin Keegan has promised the fans that he is confident of announcing a couple of new arrivals before the transfer window closes, and according to a source close to the club, one of them is Eren Derdiyok.

    The young Basle striker has been at the top of Keegan’s list all summer and he made an early bid for the Switzerland international to test the waters

  • 22 toonfanjonny // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    beat ya to it harrier look at comment 17 but a good deal because if Smith goes to everton for 3M and we get Derdiyok for 5-6M we get twice the player for net 3M and he will be on probably half the wages aswell

  • 23 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    toonfanjonny – stop taking the wind from my sails :(

  • 24 Irish_toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    the quotes on that text are from last week or so.

  • 25 Welsh Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Youngster is 17 year old Nile Ranger, just released by Southampton.

  • 26 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    why official unveiling monday? they will at least tell us today that he is signed right kieran? otherwise i will spend the weekend ****ing my **** off in disappointment

  • 27 MMNUFC // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Scottish mag

    Its the official depor site and the press conference is on the main page.

  • 28 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    did the other player look of turkish decent – like his name could be inler or derdiyok or something?

  • 29 Budgie // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    17 year old Nile Ranger signed after release from Southampton (Striker)

  • 30 Lesh // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    If he’s cut his hair and keeps it short, he’ll get catch cold in the winter so come on KK, tell him to grow it and quick!

    PS Kevin keep ‘em rollin in, this is a different sort of tension now.

  • 31 SignPleaseColoccini // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    So sick of this now. Got my ticket for Valencia thinking another new signing would be playing. Probably not going to happen. Sick of the recruitment team pissing about.

    I see we have a new silver 3rd kit, what the hell for? What colour strip is going to clash with black white and purple so we need to wear silver? Money grabbing Tw@t mike ashley.

  • 32 scoundrel days // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Derdiyok is the player to replace Smith if he goes.

    According to threads on Smith story earlier today.

  • 33 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    we need bottles of rogaine, stat!

  • 34 Stardust // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Kieran is full of bull. He announced his exclusives after KK’s interview stating all of his “exclusive” info.

  • 35 Stardust // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Kieran is full of bull. He announced his exclusives after KK’s interview stating all of his “exclusive” info.

  • 36 the simo // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    How many of you have acctually seen this guy play. iv heard it too many times before, ‘great player’, amazing talent’.

    if he is soooo good why did ac milan ditch him? he must not produce top form consistantly and maybe he finds it hard to bed in to countries with foreign language.

    just out of interest, how come we are the only team to have made an approach? and still seem to be paying over the odds for a prem unknown….

    are you sure u r not all jumping on the band wagon, lets judge aftyer he plays… full trust in KK, just not sure about how much say he has.

    MA, DW Jiminez etc…. too many cooks!!

  • 37 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Exactly Stardust, i said that yesterday.

  • 38 kieran // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    he defenatly wont play tomorrow. shame, i hope he is all fit. origanly he wasnt ment to be having a medical til about 3 today, but if he is having it already n all the results r postitive he will come out on the pitch with his united shirt, but i got told that (like all big signings) he will get his own interview with the press on monday with keegan and the the director guy whos name i have forgot

  • 39 Sun'lun's Burnin' // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM


    Fabricio Coloccini today finally completed his charity walk from Argentina to SJP via La Coruna. The Argentinian centre back walked from his family home in South America to old club Deportivo to collect his last few belongings before walking on to the north of England to complete his switch to north-east giants Newcastle United in a £10millon deal. It is reported that alot of money has been raised for lot football charities in England and his homeland Argentina.

  • 40 kieran // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    not true stardust, i wrote them first on here . then i came back on at a later time to correct my spelling mistakes. n that was still only about a minuet after the news broke out,

  • 41 Mrjay // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Firstly, Collocini WAS at the Nuffield for a medical!!! Secondly, the other player was sat in a hidden position from me but he was there for a medical, for whom I don’t know. I won’t spread any rumours but the player could have been there for us or the scum as they use the hospital too! Diouf and the Spud players were here last week.

  • 42 Irish_toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM


  • 43 Waddle's Mullet // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    The lady was very nice.

  • 44 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    The black kid with dreads at the game:

  • 45 Colo's is Brian May's love Child!! // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Woop Woop……f-ing great signing!!

  • 46 Colo's is Brian May's love Child!! // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM


  • 47 autibo // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    keep the locks mate, they’re mint!! im gonna invest in a wig if he keeps them!! i reckon he’s got the best hair-do in european football at the minute. hopefully he’s as good at defending as he is at hair-styling!!

  • 48 The Entertainers // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Tomorrow will be a good indicater, i remember Enrique was in the stand watching us play against PSV (may have wrong team) in a pre-season friendly and signed shortly after that.

    Newcastle are a different kettle of fish these days under Ash and will not bow down to any public pressure for information before its 100 % complete.

    The signs are good and i would expect him to be wearing the black and white shirt against Man U.

    I just hope hes good enough, i understand he big and physical but we need a thinker not a plonker next to Taylor or Faye as they are both big and phyiscal.

    Anyway hes another player and i should be thankfull for that.

    The Smith move may also be benefical to all parties if we can bring in a quality striker (Derdiyok, hopefully)

  • 49 kieran // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    but i respect ur opinion as a fellow geordie n if u dont wanna believ me then im not going to argue, im just doing my bit to get info out b4 it happens without making stuff up. EG the smith knock which was reported on after 10, yet a told u lot about quarter to 9

  • 50 James // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:04 PM


    Hey there

    I’ve phoned Techinal support about the Apple issue and NUFCTV. They confirmed it is set up for Mac users to be able to watch it. But that you need certain codecs in order to do so. Some Macs will obviously have these on others don’t.

    If you email them, they will tell you which codecs to use based on the problems you are having. For example some Mac users are getting full pictures but no sound. I initially got sound and no pictures, but it’s now working properly. I believe FLIP4Mac works 99 times out of 100, certainly works for me.

    Customer support for Newcastle TV is :

  • 51 Stardust // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    10 is past your bedtime Kieran – TT does your surname start with a “K”

  • 52 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Nah, TT are my actual initials.

  • 53 Stardust // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Thought you were someone who I knew and played with for years!

  • 54 harrier // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    is Toon actually your last name? :D

  • 55 scottish mag // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    is it theobald tom

  • 56 Tom_Toon // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Aye Scottish. How did you know that? Fantasy league?

  • 57 michael // Aug 8, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    a hope we get this kid like taylor and bassong need somebody who is experienced and who is quality unlike Faye!

  • 58 HeronMag // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Interesting info from Setanta:

  • 59 ChrisL // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Are you Peacock in disguise, oh are you Peacock in disguise?!!!

  • 60 Midjew // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    The OPTA Details on Setanta web site show how good coloccini and beye are.

    Need another great CB and LB and we’ll be sorted

  • 61 Frankieboy // Aug 8, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Those stats are very impressive heronmag, note the tackles made ??
    Bearing in mind anyone playing in our back four in recent seasons have been on the back foot for majority of the time so obviously they will be making a greater no. of tackles.
    The great central defenders can be man of the match having never had to make a tackle or even touch the ball a great no. of times purely due to their ability to read the game and their positional sense. Collucinis stats look more than ok to me.
    Think KK should start next weekend pairing Collucini and Faye with Taylor having to settle for bench.(IF we do actually sign him)

  • 62 AndyT // Aug 8, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Beye Collocini Faye Enrique
    Backed up by
    Edgar Taylor Cacapa Bassong

    And with the likes of Kadar and Tozer pushing them from the youth set up as well. Its a long time since our defense looked that decent.

    Now time to get some goal makers/scorers.
    Although if Duff can get anywhere near his potential again, and there’s at least a glimmer of hope with a good pre-season behind him and the form he’s been showing that would be as good as another midfield signing. Pushing Smith out to Everton and replacing him with Derdiyok would be a great move.

  • 63 normski1930z // Aug 8, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    i hope our back four can jel into a solid unit but i would still like that get out of jail card which is a dm that will just sit like makelele or batty….

  • 64 Incognito // Aug 8, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    He’s finally here for his medical – so how many months before we get him sorted with a signed contract, Mr Wise?

  • 65 gordond // Aug 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    C’mon NUFC give us some news.

  • 66 john(indian toon) // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    woooow letz party nw at lst he arrivd

  • 67 scott9 // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    i think he should put a strong side out tommorow to compete and exite the fans something like
    beye bassong faye enrique
    jonas guthrie butt milner
    carrol martins

  • 68 Fergie // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    The deal for Coloccini is for €11.5m, potentially rising to €13m after appearances and we are to play in the Teressa Herrera Trophy tournament. The deal also includes a small percentage sell on fee.

    Source: Depor Sport (official Deportivo Magazine. Issue: Saturday 2 August 2008, pages 2&3)

    The friendly tournament is played towards the end of August, so I would expect that we would participate next year… but you never know, maybe we will send a team over in a few weeks! Its a bit last minute though and since the tournament is held in high regard due to the teams that are invited to take part there is no chance we would be sending over a bunch of reserves.

    The article also said that the deal would be signed over last weekend, that Coloccini would give his press conference on Monday morning to the Coruñes press and then fly to Newcastle to complete his medical in the afternoon (“El futbolista viajará a Ingleterra el lunes para pasar el reconocimiento médico con el Newcastle United”). This was obviously delayed for a few days for some reason though.

  • 69 Tom // Aug 8, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Scott, Carroll is injured. I’d go for Donaldson up front, give him a start!! Or Zamblera, if he is fit and rested after the U-19 Euros. Think Faye is still getting back to fitness after an injury too.

  • 70 Rortonjibes // Aug 8, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    He’s been at the Jesmond Dene House all day. Was in for a coffee this afternoon and he was there with another bloke and a lass. He has had his hair chopped although it is not too short, a trim lets say (tidied up!). I spoke to the concierge and apparently he’ll be staying in one of the houses off the dene until he settles in NE. Have no idea why his signing has not been announced but seems a formality. Here’s hoping.

  • 71 nufcazz // Aug 9, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    i think Mladen Petric from Borussia Dortmund would be a good buy. he strong and quick and he can take some quality free kicks too. also he can play either forward or attacking mid.

    he was interested in a move to the shethole down the road, so thats means any team in the world have a chance.

    what ya think???

  • 72 Budgie // Aug 9, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Planned to go to the PSV game to see Coloccini, then thought Id wait until Valencia game, looking like we may not make the signing, at this rate for the Man U game, suppose it would be easier if he went straight to the Argentina friendly and with a bit of luck might sign before the transfer deadline!

    I notice the apperwork is reportedly not through for Guiterez yet, will he be registered in time to make the Man U game?
    Wonder if there are any jobs going in admin at NUFC…….

  • 73 Tom_Toon // Aug 9, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Budgie – If that was the case with Gutierrez he would not have been able to play for us against Hertha and PSV.

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