Newcastle May Be Pursuing Saviola Again

There are reports today that Newcastle United want to do a deal for Argentine striker Javier Saviola from Real Madrid, after the player has again expressed his frustrations at the lack of playing time in Spain.


Javier Saviola – are Newcastle really interested?

Javier has been talking to the Spanish publication Marca and the player says that his future lies either in the Premier League or in the Italian League.

It seems that if the player wants to play regularly he will need to leave Real Madrid, whose current manager is the  Tottenham disaster,  Juande Ramos.

Why did Madrid appoint Juande after he had done so terribly at the  London club?

Saviola said today:

“Juande Ramos told me that if I want to play regularly, I should join a smaller team,”

“My situation is intolerable, and I want to leave Madrid in the January transfer window,”

“It’s a difficult situation. You have to be very strong mentally because as each game goes by without playing you are destroyed a little more psychologically.”

“My future is away from Real Madrid. I would not want to stay in Spain. I see myself in the Premier League, or in the Serie A.”

Newcastle United were supposedly after Saviola in the summer, and with new Argentine  signings Coloccini and Gutierrez now at the Tyneside club, it would be easy for Saviola to settle down on Tyneside.

The price quoted for the Argentine striker is within Newcastle’s budget too, at £6M, and we could possibly be able to do a loan deal for the striker.

However, the players’ wage demands may be very high.

Javier played 129 times with 9 goals for Barcelona from 2001 until 2007, and then joined Real Madrid, but he has played just 16 games with 4 goals for the Madrid giants.

He has played 44 times for Argentina with 12 goals.

The news is that Newcastle are keen to do a deal, but we don’t know if this is true, or whether it’s just a regurgitation of our interest from last summer.

But the player would be a good signing for the club, although defense and central midfield are much more important positions for us to fill in the next 9 days – and we just have to strengthen those positions first.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

97 comments so far

  • Troubled Toon

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Unlikely, but would be great

  • repo

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Is it true that brazilan lad not coming to newcastle as he carnt get a work permit..

    shame reports say he’s a Canny striker..

    also any news on them other kids that was here in practice match that young left back from finland. ect..

  • Alex

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Was he one of the expensive loan signings that Kinnear talked about , i think Joe did say 1 Italian & 1 Argentine didn’t he ?

  • Ally

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Get him on board, top class striker and the caliber of player we should be aiming fr.

  • danuneek

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Replacement for Owen? similar type of player except he’s quicker and younger.

  • OHurley

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    If we got Saviola, could we get rid of Owen?

  • Raffo

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    never going to happen.

  • chuck

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Question is , wages and transfer fee.
    Otherwise ticks all the boxes.

  • NorthernPaul

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    I hate to burst your bubble everyone.

    When are you all going to realise that a player of this calibre will not come to the Toon?

    Also, how do you know Joe actually has a transfer budget? Because he said so?

    I dont trust a single bit of drivel that comes out of that blokes mouth.

    Almost everything he says I have to take with a pinch of salt.

  • square

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    fat hope

  • Looney

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    the link comes from the “vitalfootball” website….so will highly likely to be absolute garbage as usual

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    9 goals between 2001 and 2007
    Not a great goal ratio. To high wages. Would be nice though

  • workyticket

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed, typo. It’s 49 goals for Barcelona (plus 59 for Monaco and Sevilla during the same period), not 9. He ain’t Alan Smith! 😉

  • Rorycn

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Got a bad goalscoring record. Suprised.

  • workyticket

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Norn Iron Magpie, it’s a typo (see above). Saviola does know where the goal is!

  • Alex

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Northern Paul your right about this calibre of player not wanting to come to the Toon , but he is unhappy at Real and maybe having 2 other Argentine internationals here could persuade him to at least come on loan . You never know what might happen if he did come on loan until the summer and we staved off relegation and finish around 10th place

  • Colombus

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Another Argentinian international that should be very interesting for us and that probably could be one we are already after, is Jose Ernesto Sosa. I think he might just be the creative midfielder we should get. Apparently he is available for loan and transfer from his club Bayern M. We have all seen that sitting on the bench in Bayern isn’t always bad. Heard of a guy called Santa Cruz!? Do the deal NOW!!!

    Another guy we at least should offer a trial is Stephen Appiah. Come on JK, you gotta move for these players now!!!

  • workyticket

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    and Rorycyn.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t like this guy. For me he’s past it. And even more important, I have serious doubts if he could addapt his game to the Premier League. He’s weak and have had 2 season on the fridge in the last years.

    Not good enough to solve our problems and would add just in quantity.

  • NorthernPaul

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #20

    ALEX post 15:

    Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to see him in the famous black and white.

    I just can’t see it happening. For this type of player, there will always be bigger clubs than the Toon after him.

    Hopefully, as you say, our other Argies would have a good word to say and help get him through the doors.

    The only thing is, I really cant see how any of the players can have a good word to say about the club with the way it being run at the moment.

  • CR9

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #21

    I think he could do a job for us, and would like to see him play behind the forwards. Maybe that’s why Kinnear is going for defensive mdfielders such as M’Bia, because he wants to partner them with somebody like Saviola.

  • nightfall

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    if we get a great midfielder who knows how to pass the ball i wouldn’t mind saviola, but with those long balls we play now…no way.. if we don’t changer our midfield i’d prefer s stronger striker, who can create chances for himself…

    but before we sign a striker we need to offload some some of those we already have (8 of them to be exact).

    man utd have: ronney, berbatov, tevez
    arsenal have: bentner, eduardo, wallcott, adebayor
    chelsea have: anelka, drogba, kalou

    and we have:
    owen, martins, smith, viduka, carroll, xisco, shola, lovenkrands + ranger… 😀

    that’s just ridiculous..

  • Spyro

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Id love if we got him in and sent owen packing to villa for 5 million. Hes younger, quicker and will no doubt be more hungry that owen. I doubt hed miss half the sitters owen does aswell. He shouldnt be a priority signing, but if we can nick him on loan, or use him as a direct replacement for Owen, ill be happy. Always been one of my favourite players, proper crafty little fella.

  • hitman

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    this would be great,like spyro says hes a cracking little player,wages might be a problem like,coz he must be on at least 80g a week,i doubt ashley would be happy with that..

  • Alex

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Northern Paul your last sentence about how the club is being run is also my biggest worry , still i cling onto hope because deep down i do not really believe it will happen .

  • Mickalonius

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #26

    We need midfielders and defenders, no way we should sign him….

  • workyticket

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Brazilian Geordie // Jan 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    “I don’t like this guy. For me he’s past it. And even more important, I have serious doubts if he could addapt his game to the Premier League. He’s weak and have had 2 season on the fridge in the last years.

    Not good enough to solve our problems and would add just in quantity.”

    A Brazilian who doesn’t like an Argentinian footballer? I’m shocked! 😉

    Good point about him being “in the fridge” though. He’s played less than 30 games in the last two seasons. It’s quite understandable though, bearing in mind his competition at Barca and Real.

  • pdidy

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    I heard that he will sign on loan along with an Italian international also on loan and that we will sign Mbia for 5 million!

  • hitman

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #29

    where you here that pdidy

  • Toon1978

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #30

    We need full backs and central midfieldes creative and defensive. We do not need strikers.

  • hitman

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #31

    i thought we had a 5 mill bid elbowed for mbia

  • pdidy

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    from Joe Kinnear

  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Funnily enough pdidy, we had £5million for Mbia rejected before, and they want £10million for him. Don’t give us your rubbish.

  • Alex

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #34

    IF he came (big if) could he possibly become the new Pedro ? i think he could be used like he was . Just as CR9 post 20 says we could use him jusy behind the forwards

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #35


    He would demand a high wage

    His goal ratio is bad

    Would constantly wine


    Still a good striker

    Would fit well into a 4-3-3

    Is an overall decent player

  • pdidy

    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #36

    i was being sarcastic you muppet!

  • jonny

    Jan 24, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #37

    why did madrid appoint ramos ed?

    aside from the fact hes a legend in spain having transformed a bottom half sevilla side to win the uefa cup in his FIRST season, as well as beating barcelona to win the super cup 3-0!

    in his second season he got sevilla 3rd place and qualification for the champ league as well as incredibly winning the uefa cup for a second successive year, and topped it off with winning the equivalent of the fa cup – the copa del rey – AND winning the spanish super cup when they beat real madrid.

    he was an incredible manager in spain, and just because he didnt do it in england doesnt mean hes lost it.

    do your research ed.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jan 24, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Hahaha, workyticket, but that’s the truth. For me just Saviola wouldn’t work in Premier League.

    You have to be fit, you have to have pace and have to playing regularly. And not mention Saviola is kind of weak player.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #39

    I said it loads of times a few weeks ago.

    I think (hope) we will sign him! 😉

  • dontoon

    Jan 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #40

    I wish that miracles did happen:

    I work as a stablehand in a well known stable in North Yorkshire and the owner has close friendships with a couple of prominent footballers in the North East who visit occasionally and the rumour i want to share is that Alan Shearer is seriously considering taking over at Newcastle. . he has had in–depth discussions at board level, and if the club is sold to the buyer who the board are claiming WILL buy it(behind closed doors), then he will take over in the summer of 09. This is why loan signings are the priority in this window as Shearer does not want to have a big clear–out of players on big money contracts before next season, and the whole “Kinnear offered lucrative contract” thing is just a smokescreen to try and calm the storm and steady the club. Obviously this, and of course Premiership survival is paramount, and one or two cheap(ish) proven players maybe signed to shore up the midfield/defence and to appease the fanbase. I’ve no idea who the potential buyers are or when exactly this will happen but apparently it will be well before the new season starts. I have read some of the rumours posted on this site, and never ever take any notice of the “my uncle lives next door to Ronaldo’s mam and overheard the dog whispering to the cat” posts, but i think this has a bit more substance. . even though it is still just a rumour. . anything can happen in this game. .

    I found it on the football rumour site. Blind dreams and hope is all i got left


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