Newcastle Linked With Uruguayan World Cup Star

It’s not the first time that Sky Sports has reported that Newcastle United are interested in a Uruguayan World Cup star.

Mauricio Victorino – are Newcastle interested?

28 year-old Uruguayan center-back Mauricio Victorino was linked with a possible move to Newcastle two weeks ago, and today there is a report that Blackpool have now  made the first move for the player.

Victorino was one of the star players for Uruguay in their wonderful run to the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer, when they were eventually were narrowly beaten 3-2 by the runners-up the Netherlands.

A number of  Premier League clubs are said to be tracking the Montevideo-born, 6′ tall defender, and he currently plays for Chilean club Universidad de Chile.

Victorino previously played at Plaza Colonia (Uruguay), Veracruz (Mexico) and Nacional (Uruguay), before moving to Chile in 2009.

He has played only 13 times for Uruguay and made his debut for his country back in 2006.

We have a hard job believing Newcastle would be after another center-back,  with Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and young Tamas Kadar all on long term contracts at the Tyneside club.

But of course he would come quite cheaply, so maybe he could turn out to be a bargain, but  he also comes unproven at the top level of English football.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • david_NUFC

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Did They Not Get Beaten By Spain ?

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    No thank you, unless he’s good at left back and willing to act as cover for Enrique.
    Meanwhile, what about a winger with pace and the ability to whip in balls. REALLY need one…

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3


  • Overseas Newcastle - Cheik out Tiotes back pocket

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    no comment…

  • cg

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m starting to think we wont get anyone in in January. Bitter dissapointment now with the Larsson deal seem to be going down the drain.

  • sammydolan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely Jonas can have a word with a few of this Argie mates… theres a few that spring to mind

  • Stuart

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7


    Relax! We arent even half way through January yet. Pardew has said he wants 1 maybe 2 signings, so there will definately be at least one more before the window closes.

    Who that may be though I’m not sure. I’m still hopeful that the Larsson deal goes through, he impressed me yesterday.

    However we don’t need this lad IMO, we already have alot of cover at CB and hes quite old.

  • Stuart

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Sammy Dolan,

    Tevez, Higiuan, Aguero…I’d take them all but none would come haha.

  • jarra geordie

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree we could do with cover for The Bull but don’t you think we should get the first team spots sorted before we think too haevily about cover?

    What I mean is right back and second striker could do with improvement and ofc the right side of mid if Larsson isn’t coming. Can’t see much more spending until the summer

  • sammydolan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10



  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes, he can do an OK job. Collocini as backup to tiote in DM

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    If we can’t bring in Argie’s as sammy dolan suggests why don’t we go for Ivorian’s to lift Tiote’s confidence!

    There are decent players like:

    Romaric- CM
    Gervinho- Wing/CF
    Demel- CB
    Tiene- LB-(cover)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    This guy is being linked with nearly every team in the EPL so I dont think there is much in this

  • StuW

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Sol out, this guy in. I see a lot of SAmerican football, and this guy is a very solid defender. certainly better than Saylor and Sol, and probably Colo.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #15

    How long has Collo got left on his contract. Thats one we wont be renewing at 80gs a week

  • Visten

    Jan 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Errrm why ???

  • jlarsen

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought they played Lugano and Godin as Centre-backs..

  • jlarsen

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Magpies till death: There is an Ivorian player on CFR CLUJ, called Lamine Traoré.. He seems like a good player, tall, strong, fast..


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