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?