Newcastle are set to launch a Â£7M bid for Glasgow Rangers center-back Carlos Cuellar, after the Scottish club failed to qualify for Europe.
Carlos Cuellar – Newcastle still interested?
The defender will not come cheap though, and he has previously stated he does not want to leave Ibrox and Rangers don’t need to sell.
But Rangers may be tempted to sell if a huge offer came in – as was the case in Alan Hutton’s Â£8million move from Rangers to Spurs last season.
Rangers boss Walter Smith confirmed that no bid has yet been made for Cuellar, but admitted it would be hard to turn down a big money offer.
“”If a club offers you big money for a player there is always pressure on you to give it serious consideration – especially after you’ve been knocked out of Europe.â€
â€œWe’re more susceptible to an offer, but so far we haven’t had one and I hope that continues.â€
“We have no offer for Carlos and that is where we stand right now. We don’t want one and are not seeking one and we don’t need to sell the player, or any player, at this stage.”
The 26-year-old only signed for Rangers in July 2007, for a fee of around Â£2.4M from Spanish side Osasuna.
So if Rangers could get Â£7M for the players, thatâ€™s Â£4M profit in 12 months â€“ not too shabby.
Of course they made a profit on another of their center-backs in January, 2005 when Graeme Souness paid around Â£8M for French center-back Jean Alain Boumsong â€“ who Rangers had got on a free transfer the summer before.
So that was Â£8M profit in around 5 months that time around – and we know that Boumsong did not last long at Newcastle or in the Premier League.
Letâ€™s hope Cuellar will be better than Boumsong, if indeed we do go after him.
But in all honesty it would be a surprise to us if we brought in both Cuellar and Coloccini to Newcastle.
What do you think?