There is a report in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper today that Roman Hubnik, Herrtha Berlin’s Czech center-back, is not for sale.
Roman Hubnik – 6’3″ Czech International center-back
The reason that’s news to Newcastle fans is that Newcastle United have reportedly been watching the player over the last several weeks, and he may be a target for the summer transfer window.
Hertha Berlin are currently top of Budesliga 2, the German second division, after being relegated and rock bottom of the Budesliga just last season.
The report suggests that Newcastle scouts, and also some representatives of Blackpool, have been watching the player, and specifically against FSV Frankfurt earlier this month.
However, the 26 year-old Czech International has a contract at the German club until 2014, and Hertha are not willing to sell the player.
Hertha general manager Michael Preetz told Berliner Zeitung newspaper:
“Roman Hubnik is a player of Hertha Berlin.” “He is a regular in our first team and he is contracted to the club.”
“We have the ambition not to sell any first-team regular at the end of the season.”
These days contracts at clubs don’t mean too much unfortunately, as we saw with Andy Carroll who has just penned a 5 year deal for the Magpies, and if Newcastle were really interested in the center-back, they could tempt the German club to sell him, with a good offer.
Newcastle have Mike Williamson, Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor as experienced center-backs at the club, and with Sol Campbell likely to be moving on in the summer, the club may feel an experienced center-back is needed, although we have young 20 year-old Hungarian International Tamas Kadar too.
Roman was born in Vsetín in 1984 in the then Czechoslovakia, and he started his career at Czech club Sigma Olomouc in 2002, and then moved to FC Moscow in 2007, and finally moved to Hertha Berlin last year, after an initial successful loan spell there.
He has played for all the Czech Youth sides from U15 through U21, and has 12 full caps for the Czech Republic.
But talking of Czech center-backs, Sam Allardyce brought David Rozehnal to Newcastle in the summer of 2007 from PSV, and David just couldn’t hack it in the Premier League, as he wasn’t physical enough and far too easily moved off the ball.
David went on loan to Lazio in January of 2008, just after Kevin Keegan had been appointed manager, never to return to Tyneside, and he played 58 times for the Czech Republic, but just 21 times for Newcastle. David is now at Hamburg, but on loan to French club Lille.
It’s hard to know how good Roman Hubnik is, but it could be true that Newcastle want to bring in another experienced center-back in the summer, and then probably sent out Tamas Kadar on loan to get first team experience.