Newcastle Still Seemingly Pursuing Inter’s Nicolas Burdisso

There are some reports coming through that we are still after Argentine Nicolas Burdisso, who we were heavily linked with in the summer.


Nicoloas Burdisso – Keegan was keen on him in the summer

The Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina born defender is at Internationalle right now, and Kevin Keegan was continually linked to the player in the summer. Maybe this could a be a loan signing initially, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, because it would probably take at least 5M to sing the player in January.

We have to point out that we don’t know if these stories are true, and they could just be regurgitated stories from the summer, but he looks more than a decent player to us.

At least we know he’ll presumably get a good recommendation from his Argentine International colleagues Coloccini and Gutierrez, and those two would make it that much easier for Nicolas to settle quickly on Tyneside.

Burdisso has played more than 80 times for Inter Mailan since joining them in 2004, and before that he played over 100 times for Boca Juniors in his native Argentina.

He has also represented his country at least 22 times with two headed goals and as Kevin Keegan famously said – poor players don’t play for Argentina.

There were a number of reports in the summer that Newcastle would bid around £5M for the player, who is 27 years old and stands just under 6’0″ tall, and would presumably be played at left back.

The player suffered a broken nose during a Champions League scrap with Valencia last season, and could be tempted with a move to England if Newcastle are indeed willing to offer a decent transfer fee to Inter manager Jose Mourinho for the defender. And as we said, a loan deal is another alternative.

Newcastle need another left back to challenge young Spaniard Jose Enrique at left back, and Nicolas can also play in the center of defense too.

Burdisso missed almost the entire 2004–2005 season with Inter, when he returned to his native Argentina to tend to his daughter, who successfully overcame leukemia.

After that he went on with Inter and won the 2006 Coppa Italia, and the 2006–07 Serie A Championship.

Burdisso started out by starring in the Argentina Under-20 team with Javier Saviola and Maxi Rodriguez when they won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, and he was a member of the Argentine 2006 World Cup squad, and started in all three group matches.

He also played for Argentina in the Copa América 2007, and he looks more than a decent player to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • DaneToon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #1

    An excellent player and would be a nice addition to the squad… we need players of that caliber to move away from the bottom half.

  • Tore Torell

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s crap and no better than what we have. Sign a proper full back instead, Burdisso is the argentinian Taylor. Committing even more mistakes than Butt on an average day…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Burdisso is absolute tripe. By far the worst footballer Inter have ever had, well maybe not, but close.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Reports coming through…?

  • Doocey

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Very very poor defender to say the least.
    Are you, Ed, just making a headline from what David Craig has said?!

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #6

    This guy cant be that good, even the fat Ronaldo has evaded him and hes half asleep….. 🙂

  • SouthernGeordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Really??? Do you think anything would come of this. Why would any player in their right mind want to come to us at the moment especially from Inter. We need to work from the inside first – the internal structure is crippled, look at what Oba has come out and said today – that the medical staff is sh*te.

    We need to re-evaluate the entire back room setup. At the moment it sounds like its run by a set of sunday league first aiders, PE teachers and championship manager geeks!! I would rather fat cat Mike get the backroom sorted – this is where the investment is needed – we can go out and spend 50million on players but if the facilities and coaches, staff and even bloody tea lady arent of the hightest calibre it means SFA. I prepose investment into the structure. If we have the best facilities internally we can start to build better players externally. Look at our signings over the last few years – can anyone think i any that have come on to better themselves?? None spring to mind, now think of who we have ruinned – Boousong, Viana, Guiv’arch, Cort, Marcelino, Bramble, Tomasson – and even in the current crop, Viduka, Smith – the list is endless. So instead of pissing our money away on some Juan Carlos cant kickaball. Lets put some money into the structure. This is the only way to go forward…

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #8


    has the real david Craig on SSN

    or just the numpty on here?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed – Where are these reports?

    Are you taking what David ‘The Fake’ Craig on here to be truth?

  • Y2J

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #10

    SouthernGeordie- Martins’ agent said that, not Martins himself.

  • Doocey

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #11

    David Craig on here said it and I’m just wondering whether Ed has just picked him up on it….
    Not been on SSN yet I don’t think

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #12


    i think it shows we have invetsed in the structure in the youth team doing so well and and it was Martins AGENT who said the medical staff was shite, not Martins.

  • Doocey

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Nile Ranger came from nowhere it must be said, good spot, youth have been playign really well too, no excuse for our first team lack of signigns though.
    Only 7th of Jan however, looking forward to breaking the bank loL!

  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #14

    New article on alan smith for those refreshing this page and haven’t noticed it yet.

  • SouthernGeordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby i do agree that the kids are coming along nicely and whenever i have read about us this season, the only time i get even remotely excited is when im reading about the reserves particuarly Ranger and Lualua. But time and time again we have never netured the talent we have, Chopra was billed as the next shearer – not even close, Taylor was meant to be the next JT – he has the qualities yet he is so raw – he needs to have world class coaches around to develop him – Colo is someone he can really learn off but with the languauge barrier he needs that proper coaching. ManUtd have had this system in place not just through the youth ranks but all the way up and look at how many kids the Arse has brought through successfully. I hope i am wrong with all this – but to onton so many of a supposed future have fallen flat.

  • Auschas

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #16

    We know what happens when you buy off Jose. He only sells when they are past their best.

  • Auschas

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Cheers Dan

  • Roger Ramjet

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – there you go again, talking players up, “he looks more than decent”, tell me, when and where have you seen him play and what was it that impressed you? I may sound like an argumentative chap but I cannot for the life of me understand why every single player you link us with in your blog, you think is a good player. Every time.

  • Roger Ramjet

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Doocey – Nile Ranger has done NOTHING. He has scored a few in the reserves, that is a MILLION miles away from Premier League.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Roger Ranjet….

    Ranger is 17, scored 18 or something times for U18s and reserves. So far he has been an outstanding find.

  • Doocey

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Words taken from my mouth bobby 🙂

  • Matthew Tom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Totally agree with you Southern Geordie, I said a few days back on another post that I couldn’t think of a single player in about 10 years who has got better since joining us.

    Possibly N’Zogbia, but not much of an improvement if any. Possibly Bassong, but it’s too early to say. Can anyone name any others?

    Nurture not neuter, that what we need to do with our players!

  • wsq

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #23



  • happy toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #24

    no way no how

  • F'Sick

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #25

    what a load of cack, cack player, cack story. If its not on SSN, ignore all the cack you hear about NUFC.

  • Piers

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26

    5 mil tops here please!

  • chuck

    Jan 8, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Begining to sound like the summer window, being linked to every player in the known world and some outside, that only TOM TOON would know about (relax tom joking)
    So far havent seen anyone mentioned that would be a buy.
    Would like any of the following.
    Sissoko, Sahko, Appiah,Ireland, McGeady,


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