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Are Newcastle Really Back For Cuellar?

8:22 pm, Saturday, August 9th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

Newcastle are set to launch a £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 £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.

Smith said:

“”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.”

“We’re more susceptible to an offer, but so far we haven’t had one and I hope that continues.”

“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 £2.4M from Spanish side Osasuna.

So if Rangers could get £7M for the players, that’s £4M profit in 12 months – not too shabby.

Of course they made a profit on another of their center-backs in January, 2005 when Graeme Souness paid around £8M for French center-back Jean Alain Boumsong – who Rangers had got on a free transfer the summer before.

So that was £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.

Let’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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James Hill // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Been hoping for this all summer, come on the toon fortress !

  • 2 Lacedaemonian // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Would beg questions of Faye’s future at the club.

  • 3 Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    i doubt it, even though he would improve our defence, he is not really needed now. Midfield & LB is a priority

  • 4 Tom_Toon // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    No we wont be and i hope we arent either.

  • 5 gordond // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Hope we are going in for him solid player, not playing today supposedly injured.

  • 6 Macas // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    No we’re not.

  • 7 51times // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Good partnership if you ask me, both speak Spanish as their first language, Coloccini would be the distributor and interceptor while Cuellar would be the brute.

  • 8 toonfan1 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    why would we spend £7 million more when we have just signed bassong for £1.5 million and coloccini for £10 million (if it goes through). plus we already had taylor, cacapa, faye and edgar so we will have 6 centre backs at the club

  • 9 TerryMacsPerm // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    We did go for him after they got knocked out but it was NOWHERE near 7 million. It was about 4 – they rejected it we’ve moved on

  • 10 kajman // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    great game….nice to colo at last…..seems like we have him ..

  • 11 toon 101 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    I don’t think this deal will happen now coloccini has arrived

  • 12 normski1930z // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    if am honest NO but who do we go after???thats the burning question?? come on lads who??? say we have 12to15 for this guy?? who?? answers on a post card…

  • 13 Geordie Nick // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    dont think this will happen but wudnt mind if it did, he’s looked very impressive although only in scotland, but he looks better than cacapa, taylor, faye and edgar. but CB is not a priority now, we need LB, AM n CF

  • 14 toon4lyf // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    wed have sum defence wiff him an colo

  • 15 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    I aint seen Cuellar plat TBH is he better then what we have anyone with any stats on him?

  • 16 MMNUFC // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Playmaker and a striker first i think.

  • 17 Nev // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    whats the situation with coloccini ?

    no news in a while …

  • 18 Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    he was at the match today and MA has an away shirt with his name on the back.

  • 19 51times // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    He’s better than all of our CBs, except Coloccini.

  • 20 Bucks_mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    i would like to get him but he’s not needed and there are bigger priorities

  • 21 Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    I dont think Cueller is better than Faye, i rate Faye very highly as a no nonsense defender

  • 22 Shearer#1 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Don’t need him with Coloccini & Taylor. If we’ve got the money buy a class midfielder like Moutinho, Veloso, or SWP & a good lb like Burdisso or Warnock.

  • 23 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    i was at the game that he got injured in

    raith rovers v rangers 2 weeks ago and i can tell u that rangers are a crap team without him as little raith scored soon after he went off and were unucky to get beat 2-1 as they scored 2 in last 15 when they brought on their subs and this was against a full strength rangers team too.

    good player but dont think we need him now

    also get in the rovers won 2-0 today

  • 24 Chris F // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    i doubt very much we are back in for him, not with coloccini wrapped up.

    maybe if we had failed to get him, then yeah, but not now.

    midfield and up front have to be the priorities now, and possibly a left back.

  • 25 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Would this defence appeal to any of you?


  • 26 51times // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Burdisso is a not a left-back, and Inter don’t have enough fit CBs to let him go. Goddamnit why the hell do you all keep going on about him?

  • 27 Nobby's Dad // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Spyro….I’ve just got back from the game – my wife was in corporate with SBR / S J Hall / Paul Bracewell and MA was there.It was the launch of KICKS an initiative to get local kids fit and eating well which is backed by the Premier league. As you say Ashley had the away kit on with Coloccini’s name on the back. He gave a short speech and had a sort of joke with SBR who said about the shirt ‘you should sign him’. MA said it would be officially announced on Tuesday.

  • 28 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Cheers for the info Scottish Mag mate.

  • 29 gordond // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Agree about a LB, as cover for Enrique got to give him a chance as 1st choice.

  • 30 macakane // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Burdisso is center back, not left back.

  • 31 Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    great news Nobby, thanks for that, hmmm, whats with the delay i wonder. Maybe we are going to announce 2 or 3 signings at the same time.

  • 32 gordond // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Nobby’s dad roll on tuesday then :)

  • 33 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    speaking of nobby he has signed for larissa in greece, hope u do good nobby best wishes

  • 34 CDN MAGPIE // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    anyone know where i can get the highlights of todays game?

  • 35 gordond // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Nobby was a great player.All the best & good luck.

  • 36 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    HMMM Sounds good

  • 37 shaunmully10 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    isnt it great to be able to say that were okay defensively and need otha positions, after all its been our problem for years. hopefully a creative midfielder to cum in an ill be happy

  • 38 Kash3 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    I don’t think Cueller played for Rangers today. Maybe something is going on, i’m not sure we really need him, but for £4m and collocini, maybe would add more strength for CB. Not sure if he’d be a starter though?!

  • 39 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:14 PM


    the big money deals are taiwo 7m, queresma 23m and e’too 25m

    i wish lol

  • 40 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    kash cuellar is injured he got injured v raith rovers 2 weeks ago running back to stop raiths counter attack, thats why he missed the champs league qualifier and today, dont know when he is back though

    also £4m and coloccini, we havent even officially got coo yet and ur ready to offer him him in a cash plus player swap deal to get cuellar

    only joking kash lol

  • 41 hitman // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    what time is the open day training session on wednesday at sjp

  • 42 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    hitman its 10ish i think or just before, well thats the pre training entertainment

    there is a thing on the official site giving the schedule

  • 43 dan // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    I think we should be allright for CB’s now that Coloccini appears to have signed.
    We should start Coloccini and either Taylor or Faye. Probably Faye. Then we still have Cacapa and Bassong. Now we should try to sign a fullback and a striker. David Healy has lots of experience and is a proven goalscorer.

  • 44 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Scottish mag

    Taiwo could be a possibility mate. But i think Ashley will have to dig deep to get him.

  • 45 Toon! // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    doors open 9.30am it starts 10.30am

  • 46 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    I would take me youngin but im at work :(

  • 47 Ben_BKK // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Bloody hell, Stoke are in talks with Nikola Zigic. Obviously we weren’t interested then, otherwise he’d never even consider Stoke…at least I hope so.

  • 48 nufc09 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    keegan just said that once colo comes in he wants two more and if any1 comes available that he wants he will try and get them aswel ( ssn) also said he likes colos hair.

  • 49 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:25 PM


    i may sound greedy but another 3-4 players is a must.

  • 50 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    are my comments for the link for hitman coming up cos they arent on my computer

  • 51 CRAIGG // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    I really doubt theres interest in Cuellar now we have Coloccini wrapped up and Taylor, Faye, Bassong, Cacapa and Edgar competing for two spots.

    Left back is a prority and i hope we up the bid for Warnock as he is definately worth it, Also love a cheeky bid for De Jong who may want to leave Hamburg now VDV has.

  • 52 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    that one worked but the ones with the link doesnt seem to be

    ed why is this

    edit here hitman,,10278~1359084,00.html

  • 53 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Who would you have WARNOCK or TAIWO?

  • 54 macakane // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Taiwo any time.

  • 55 Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    As i said earlier, it seems now is our time in the transfer market

  • 56 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Scottish Mag, i think you posts are disappearing lol

  • 57 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    wot the f*** is going on why wont it post my comments with the link in it, its says its spam but its from nufc official, i even seperated it and posted it as two halves so it could be copy and pasted seperatly and then work but that still didnt show up aaaarrrggghhh

  • 58 CRAIGG // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    I personally would like Warnock as he is proven premiership quality and is a bit older 26-27 i think

    Taiwo reminds me of Enrique in physique and style of play a big stocky lad and good going forward but makes some errors defensively that you would expect from a younger lad.

    So i would personally go for the older player on this occasion.

  • 59 CDN MAGPIE // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    highlights anyone?

  • 60 Toon1978 // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Scottish Mag

    I have posted links up in the past and it has went down as spam mate. What is the link about anyway>??????

  • 61 scottish mag // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    it is the training day schedule from the official site as hitman wanted to know

    i was only trying to be helpful but now im p’d off

  • 62 huge toon fan // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    is it true that we’re about to sign jan klass huntlaar?????????????????

  • 63 lezb // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Watched the game on terrestrial tv today @home in Spain and although it had spanish commentory the commentory acceditation was Peter Walton with ITV I am informed hope this helps with regards a link for highlights.

  • 64 Cooper // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:54 PM


    after tonights match.

    We SAW coliccini in the directors box just below where ashley was. We know this pretty much for sure because of the bushy hair haha – but he WAS there.

    and alan smith was really over doing it clapping the fans and waving (goodbye) loads and alot more than any player at the end – could this mean he’s on his way out?

  • 65 dan // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    It looks like Seb Larsson wants to move to a prem club and if we got him a LB and a striker I would be very happy. He would be excellent cover and can take good freekicks. Smith was a trier but never quite found goalscoring form after breaking his leg. We need players who can put the ball in the net unless our defense gets considerably better.

  • 66 Irish John // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    lads has anyone got a link to the highlights off the match..

    Gutted missed it, had to go to a mates bday…..I cant even find the highlights on the website..signed up to the nutv ..

    your help would be apreciated..

  • 67 Ken // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Rangers don’t need need to defend against the likes of Falkirk… LOL

  • 68 WIGAZ // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Huge toon fan you got any links for that? i would doubt we are but would be unbelivable if we did!

  • 69 Shearer#1 // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Burdisso can play lb, he’s played there loads. Or we should do a swap with Smith & leighton Baines as he’s not starting for Everton & is a good young lb imo. Why are people going on about Seb larsson? I saw him play today & he’s a very average player imo & we already have Jonas & Milner in that position.

  • 70 Nick C // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    I had to work today so I havent seen the goals. Anyone got a link??

  • 71 CRAIGG // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM


    I was just going to say that we have Gutierrez and Milner to play on the right and both are playing well and Duff can cover there too and is playing as well as he has since his arrival.

    We need a LB, Another CM and maybe another Striker.

  • 72 Hadji // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Here’s the equalizer from Duff

    And here’s the winning goal by Milner

    Sorry….i couldn’t find anything better.

  • 73 alex // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    goal highlights on youtube

  • 74 Geordie Nick // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    seb larrson is equally as good in the centre, thts his original position

  • 75 Nick C // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Nice one Alex mate…

  • 76 gorskino10 // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    we don’t need a LB we can have Bassong there, we defo need Mid and Striker tho but if we have enough cash left then look for a LB, and Cuellar is poor and no way worth 4 let alone 7mill id rather have Insua or someone like that for a few million.

  • 77 Shearer#1 // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Does anyone know anything about the Owen link to spurs? I’ve seen it alot recently & really hope it isn’t true. I think he could get loads of goals if he stays fit this season with the supply he’s gonna get from Jonas, Duff & Milner.

  • 78 Lull // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Owen is not going anywhere Shearer#1, at least not this summer

  • 79 gordond // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Hope not Lull

  • 80 richie // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    spyro our defence seems to be shaping up ,,wats ur take on the mid, not convinved yet especially wit unsureity of barton’s availability

  • 81 Shearer#1 // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Ramos will try to buy a top striker after losing Keane & Berbatov & Owen’s got 1 year on his contract so NUFC are in a really bad position coz he can start talking to other clubs in 5 months. There’s no way we’ll be able to replace him if he goes so it’s quite worrying.

  • 82 Rortonjibes // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Just an idea, but what about Burdisso for LB?

  • 83 Lull // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Shearer#1 – Let’s all hope he wont be that ungrateful t*** , after all we’ve done to him

  • 84 SignPleaseColoccini // Aug 9, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Please God No :(

    Boumsong number 2.

  • 85 CcB // Aug 9, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Off topic but;

    Skjelbreid has just signed a new contract with the norwegian team Rosenborg (two new years). It’s offical, on norwegian television.

  • 86 daiv // Aug 9, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    What? 49 centre halfs? Doesn’t the team have far greater shortcomings elsewhere. Or does KK want 11 centre halfs in the team. he will be going from mr all out attack a few years ago to mr centre back team.

  • 87 scott9 // Aug 9, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    why not spend 7m on a midfileder striker or lb we just bouht a cb

  • 88 reillers // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:28 AM

    I don’t know. After they scored tonight, the look on Given’s face when he looked at the “defenders” said it all. Kinda like the old days. Good times good times.
    We really need another defender, if he’s the right one I don’t know but we need another wee lad, because consistency has never been a strong point of our defence. If we had a few more, rotation, or the fear of rotation could be motivation to the 70 minute defenders.

  • 89 DanToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:48 AM


    Baye Coloccini Bassong Taiwo



    Team v Man Utd, what you lads think??

  • 90 micepie // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    The press are beiing inctedibly irritating again – even the Telegraph now….articles on News Now that we need to spend 100M on players (Mirror), and a row brewing over transfers (Telegraph). The London-based press have been droning on in nnegative tones all summer like a gang of mingy meerkats, and you can almost imagine them feeling miffed if we have a day’s success!

  • 91 Tom from Aus // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Team vs Man U

    Beye Taylor coloccini N’zogbia
    Gutierrez Duff
    owen (c)
    derdiyok(if we get him) martins

  • 92 optomist // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:40 AM

    I never want to see N’Zogbia at left back. ever. again. We can’t expect to be challenging the top sides if we have an attacking mid at LB.

  • 93 xfer // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    We dont need Cuellar if we sign Colo. Faye is good enough for me. Experienced strong defender who will definately benefit playing along Colo.

  • 94 Hertz // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:08 AM

    Quaresma couldn’t make it at Spain.
    I don’t think EPL suits him but he’ll be great at Italy!

  • 95 nando // Aug 10, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    normski- 2 down and 2 to go.

  • 96 dirty lips // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    beye collocini cuellar faye

    4 ugly gits but mint defenders. however faye at lb is a risk.

  • 97 nufc toon malaysia // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    i would lure him to tyneside if faye speculation of leaving newcastle united is true..

  • 98 robertsa // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    i wudnt mind enrique at lb now. aslong as we get cuellar and collo. but ive still got my eyes on burdisso.

  • 99 Lamesley Mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Cuellar untested in PL and don’t believe a Spanish international, is he? Too many memories of Boumsong so not really interested in this guy at £7M.

    If we can get him for £3~3.5M ok, but no more provided Coliccini signs, plus Taylor, Cacapa, Bassong, Faye and Edgar so will have 6 centre backs at the club….

    Not sure KK will go for a LB with Enrique, Zog and Bassong available at the club. Urgently need forwards and attacking central midfield player……

  • 100 Peter Perfect // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    We were stung by the Jocks for Bumthong so I wouldn’t touch Cuellar with a bargepole coming from them

  • 101 clinta // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    with those comments it sound like old walter smith want to move the player on if he can cash in!

    i don’t think we need him now with colloccin coming in.

  • 102 Marty // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    This guy aint worth it tryst me,he is way overrated.
    He has been playin in Scotland n that just aint the highest level that your up against every week.

  • 103 Bmore // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Could be some truth in it.

    Faye has been linked with a move away – and I don’t think KK is to impressed with Cacapa or Taylor. Edgar move move out on loan and Bassong is one for the future.

  • 104 Cooper // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Last time we signed a defender from rangers….

    Need i say more?

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