Newcastle Interested In Costa Rican Striker

There is news today in that bastion of truthful journalism, the News Of The World, that Newcastle are after a Costa Rican footballer,  who is currently playing in the Belgium League.


Brian Ruiz – 23 year-old 6’1″ striker

The news is that Newcastle United have sent scouts to check on Jupiler League club AA Gent star striker, Bryan Ruiz

Brian played for Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA), a Costa Rican football club playing in the Primera División de Costa Rica, from 2003 until 2006, when he was picked up by Gent.

He played 67 times with 25 goals for Deportiva Alajuelense, and has appeared 60 times with 20 goals for AA Gent.

He has also played 14 times for his country, Costa Rica, and has 6 international goals.

Brian was born in August of 1985 in San José, and scored his first hat trick playing for Gent on December 8th 2007 against Lokeren.

No fee has been mentioned for the player.

We have no idea if there is any truth in this report – but probably not.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Tom

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Why are we constantly linked with strikers!? Lol.

  • totsy

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #2

    we dont need strikers……i have a feeling owen might be leaving soon

  • DanToon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    them ear’s would only slow him down!

  • G 2

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Central mid or we are going down.

  • boothy95

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    it doesnt matter we just need players in and i just wish wise and ashley would pull their fingers out of their arse and do it!!!

  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Cant find any news of interest in him in the Belgian media .I think yet more NOTW bull

  • crazydave

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    DanToon he flaps his ears and it gets him higher for crosses lol

  • gggrrrr

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Why are we just sending scouts to look at this kid now when there is only one week of the window left. All of the scouting should have been ongoing from August through to December so that when the window opened we knew exactly who we wanted.

    I note this morning that we are looking at the Celtic captain. Where has this suddenly come from – we seem to be lurching from one target to the next without any sensible plan. Two weeks ago we were linked with half the rangers team which dwindled away to nowt.

    And the Lovenkrands deal took nearly three weeks to tie up but he was a free agent anyway and could have been on trial weeks ago.

    If it takes three weeks to ‘swoop’ for a free agent how realistic will it be to conclude deals with seven or eight days to go. Gosmacked!!!

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Stop putting these stupid sunday-news up, Ed.

    We’ll never sign a costa rican from the mediocre austrian league. I read that Spurs wants Viduka today, that news is probably as realistic as this one. Happy Harry would never want our overweight, super-prone Aussie.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Jan Stavik..Have some common courtesy Fella..if you don’t like it Lump It.


    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #11

    We are constantly linked with strikers cuz, the press have no clue who we want, so write any old drivel.
    And they do no research at all, cuz the Toon is too far away to care about, but still a big club, so they have to write something.
    We’d be better off not listening, reading or caring about a single thing they spout.
    They’re pathetic.
    Know nowt divvy gets.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    His ears look like the scollpops from my local chippy.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #13

    scollops : )


    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Good ears for swooping into the box with, maybe?

    Maybe he could ‘swoop’ for magpies deal?



    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    FFS hits out at ashley & Kinnear.
    What a nerve.
    Shut your trap you robbing blerter.
    Like it was all roses under him & his skanky family & ‘friends’?

  • NewManagerPlz

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolute Shite, the whole newcastle situation.

    Ashley is doing a good job at f*******g up this once great club. The fact remains wether he actually does anything at the club or just leaves it to his casino manager mate who has no pedigree in football.

    Wise is signing all these youngsters which begs another question of wether he’ll still at the club to see them develop.


  • batty

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17


  • magsie1

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Well i think we need Strikers for Deffinate! What we got is Owen – Will be gone. Shola – Crap. Viduka -Will be gone. Xisco – Tryin to get rid of. Martins – Injury prone and not exactly a 20 goal a season man is he? Yes we need defenders and midfielders but also Strikers!
    To be honest what we need is Foo**n HELP!

  • Partizan

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Jan Stavik…..Wow your football knowledge amazes me……since when Gent is in the Austrian league di**head.Its in Belgium!!

  • magforlife

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    In the run up to the transfer window, did the squinty eyed pasty maggot and JFK write their wish list on a fag packet which they lost on a knees up at a Chas and Dave show? One week to go and nothing, big case of de ja vu im afraid, if nothing positive happens this week there could be a riot next Sunday. Come on, get your fingers out and get some players in.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    I know we need a LB and DM but would love a striker.

    Not saying this our guy mind!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Decent players would be good..but my hopes are fading fast…actually I had no hopes for this window or any other window under the current regime.

  • magpie6699

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #23

    News of the World – just like the Daily Star.
    Actually, it must be true because JFK was seen in a Costa Coffee talking to some bloke behind the counter – obviously a footballer in disguise!
    Where do they get their ideas from? They should be writing a novel – oh yes, I forgot, they do write novels – only they call them newspapers.

  • Toon_Ksk (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!)

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Partizan, it will be good to correct Jan Stavik without resorting to name-calling.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Isn`t he NODDY`S friend BIG EARS?????;-)

  • BT9MAG

    Jan 25, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    One ugly bairn!

  • BT9MAG

    Jan 25, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #27

    He looks like Chunk off the goonies has gone and bought himself a Pirates of the Caribbean wig!

  • chuck

    Jan 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28


  • Ghanatoon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #29

    We we need is players who wants to play for us. we need a commanding CB,LB and a Defensive midfielder to protect our back 4 . Steven Appiah can do a job on the short term as we need bodies. He can create for our strikers.

  • Obafan

    Jan 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Well bad luck for the scouts of NUFC then. Gent had to play Anderlecht last Friday but the match was suspended because of the rain. The pitch was unplayable.

    Last year he played a good season, but this season he has not done anything special, so it would not be a step forward to improve the squad on the contrary.

    Isn’t it frustrating to be a NUFC fan these days; yesterday we were linked with SAviola and today we are linked with Ruiz. How things can change in 24 hours 😉 lol.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Seeing as we want some cheap buys, young buys, I was wondering if any of you knew what Ross Wallace (left back) in the championship was like? Think he plays for Preston. Also I see Ben Watson is going to Wigan for £2million, another young English cheap buy, anybody comment on these players?

  • Scotty

    Jan 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #32

    we need shot of owen, viduka, smith and shola – so yes, we do need another striker….

    although not the first priority.

  • logicman

    Jan 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Well, as a costarican i won’t sound as objective as I should, but still, Ruiz is a very good player, few searches on youtube will stand by my words, and actually he isn’t a full striker, he plays in the middle, very creative and fantastic with the ball in his feet. Has been looking for a better league than the belgium, but the Gent asked Napoli over £10 million, and they were offering £8 million. Anyway, im sure it would be nice to see him play in a better league, for him, and for your team.

  • tom tomb

    Jan 25, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Looks like Gavilan.

  • 22

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #35

    This is a very bad team for ruiz newcatle is a bad team that is always losing and getting new players to find a solution but they suck like always.I wish ruiz would come to the arsenal he is the best player in belgium and the best player in the concaf.
    ronaldiños ears helps him make some amazing moves maybe ruiz could use his ears like him..


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