Newcastle Could Be In For Czech International


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.

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23 comments so far

  • cgrizzly87

    Mar 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    if you’ve been to a football match in the past 3 years (and haven’t done this already) please fill in my short questionnaire! The results will form part of my dissertation.

    http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=IOMNOF_b812a2da

    If you have filled it in, get someone else to do it too! 😀

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Not needed. That’s that one done.

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  • textbook.ie

    Mar 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Who is Roman Hubnik? amy good? see all contract talks are off until summer, bye bye the 3 j’s
    jose joey n jonas

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  • djm...

    Mar 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Why has jonas came into this? He hasn’t said anything recently apart from he wants to stay here and he’s kept his head down and worked, oh wait yeah my bad that must mean he is away

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    djm, Don’t say that. Jonas goes into a huff and doesn’t don his mask when he scores.

    Just a thought. If you see a bloke down the big market and he’s wearing a Spiderman mask. It’s Jonas and he’s pulled.

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  • Rangerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s not allowed to wear his mask in the Premiership.

    He’s also got 2 years+ left on his contract so I don’t see the rush in offering him a new one anyway.

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  • Rangerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Not needed. That’s that one done.

    …..

    So are we going to offer Campbell a new deal then or just go with Colo, Taylor and Williamson?

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Nothing to see here – move along please.
    Next.
    (Yawn)

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Rangerman- I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but we have Kadar. A full international for his country, and when he has played, he’s not put a foot wrong.

    If you keep buying players who limit our own prospects chances: LuaLua, Vuckic, Kadar and Ferguson for example, what’s the aim of our academy?

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  • biznizmen

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I know Hubník well, because i’m from Czech republic. I am watching him last year, when he was on loan in Sparta Prague. He isn’t bad, but i think premier league is higher level, than czech Gambrinus liga or 2nd bundesliga. In my opinion he is as good as Mike Williamson. So i think this will be a bad trade for us…

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a question for everyone, purely out of speculation really:

    If you had to lose a player in thin Jan window, and were given a choice between Andy Carroll and Chiek Tiote who would you have sold?

    Me personally, Tiote. and that is a really hard one, but I just think Carroll carried us at times this season.

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  • UTD111

    Mar 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Great! We’re selling our best players to Liverpool and competing with the likes of Blackpool for signings.
    Thanks Jabba

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  • UTD111

    Mar 16, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #13

    @JohnnyBrookes But that’s the point mate – United shouldn’t be a selling club. They get the 3rd biggest crowds in the Prem. So why is Jabba selling our best players? Because he couldn’t give a fook mate

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #14

    coolcatcarter89- We should be getting young, quick and strong players to improve our team and send the youngsters out on loan for valuable experience.

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 16, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont know whats worse, that we sold AC or that every time I read this blog reagrdless of what it is about there is a mention of him screwing us over. GET OVER IT!!!! FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM, THE FANS AND THE CLUB MENTALITY IN GENERAL!!

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  • Rangerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Rangerman- I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but we have Kadar. A full international for his country, and when he has played, he’s not put a foot wrong.

    If you keep buying players who limit our own prospects chances: LuaLua, Vuckic, Kadar and Ferguson for example, what’s the aim of our academy?

    ……

    Kadar is made of glass and won’t make it here, he’s just not good enough.

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  • Rangerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Great! We’re selling our best players to Liverpool and competing with the likes of Blackpool for signings.
    Thanks Jabba

    ….

    We were competing with West Brom for Tiote tbf.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #18

    How do you reach the premise, ‘he’s just not good enough’?

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  • ochytoon

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic
    If we really wanted a new rightback btw (replace Simpson) I think we should go for Inter’s Davide Santon. Quality young player who they have loaned out atm but he looks a real prospect. Don’t get me wrong, Simpson is a good solid RB but I sometimes think he makes schoolboy errors

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  • cgrizzly87

    Mar 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Just wanted to say thanks to anyone that filled in my ^ questionnaire ^ 🙂

    HWTL

    p.s. if we do spend big bucks in the summer, I reckon it should be on players like Davide Santon, in the 21-25 bracket who clearly have quality, and aren’t going to have ridiculous prices ala Hulk, Gervinho, Hazard et al.

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  • shearermania

    Mar 17, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #21

    the scouts have been watching Simon Kjaer from wolfsburg for the last 3 matches.
    wolfsburg are in serious danger of being relegated and therefor the dane would then be made transfer listed immediately.
    he cost the german side in the region of 7 mill. but would cost around the 5 mill if relegated.
    only question is: would newcastle have pulling power over the likes of ac milan, juve etc ???
    the boy is made for the epl

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  • sweendog

    Mar 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Simon Kjaer .. quality player .. hope so but we’d have alot of competition

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  • paddyq

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/198980,amini-is-heading-over.aspx

    anybody read anything about this kid training with us? I have seen him play a few times, looks to have good technique and a good eye for a pass, but needs to improve his strength-however, being just 17, there is plenty of time for that

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