Newcastle Lose Out On One Potential Target


Newcastle have been continually linked with Juan Albin from Getafe this year.

Juan Albin – moves from Getafe to Espanyol

So we don’t know if Albin was a top target of Newcastle , but we doubt it.

However, if he was then Newcastle have missed out on the player,  since Espanyol have now finalized a deal for the forward.

Newcastle were first linked with this player over a year ago,  and Spanish sources at the time were suggesting Newcastle already had a deal in place, but that obviously didn’t happen.

The Salto, Uruguay born player is  24 and stands 5’11”, and played for Nacional in Uruguay from 2004 through 2006.

He appeared 64 times with 24 goals for Nacional before moving to Getafe, where he played around 116 times for the Spanish club with 19 goals.

Espanyol, which is based in Barcelona, have confirmed on their web-site they had signed two Uruguayan players:

“The Uruguayans Juan Albin and Adrian Luna have become Espanyol players for the next five seasons after agreements were reached with Getafe and Sporting Club respectively,”

We do expect Newcastle to sign a couple of free agents this summer, but Albin will not be one of them.

This player is not to be confused with Albin Ebondo, who is the right back from Toulouse that Joe Kinnear tried to sign in January of 2009, but the price kept going up.

That may also be happening right now with Toulouse’  current left-back Cheikh M’Bengue who Newcastle are interested in, but only if Jose Enrique leaves Newcastle.

Ebondo joined Saint-Étienne last year for an undisclosed fee.

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60 comments so far

  • Stuart

    May 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Why only interested in M’Bengue if Enrique leaves?

    It’d be a crazy idea to actually have cover for him for the first time in 3 years haha!

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Everyone keeps talking about this mystery midfielder, did we not sign that Mehdi Abeid? Does he play midfield? This could be the mystery player.

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  • Stuart

    May 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    He couldnt, AP said a fee was agreed between the clubs, Abeid was a free transfer.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    juggalo. no he was a free agent hu we signed after a trail, the player were getting is gunna cost us

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Albin – 116 games and 19 goals? would we really need him? Luque had a better record than tht and look what happened ther

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh ok my bad thanks for the update. Maybe its Tarrapt (However you spell it)

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  • Stuart

    May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    I wouldnt mind if it was Taarabt like but another part of the interview said the player is based in continental europe. So in all likelyhood isnt based in England.

    I’d bet good money, whoever he is he comes from the french league.

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  • Aus_Toon

    May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    We also lost out on Callejon, the Espanyol winger – he’s gone to Real Madrid. Considering Madrid had their eyes on him he was never really an option in the first place – can’t compete with that spending power.

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  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t be taraabt either, its a european based player who is an international.

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  • PoolieToon

    May 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think Spanish based strikers settle that well in the EPL, much prefer our French targets.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Man U team to play against Barcalona. Edwin van der Sar ,Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidi?, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Nani, an unknown professional football player, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernández Balcázar.

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  • Davies

    May 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    If we were after this lad, we’d probably already have moved for him. Don’t think there was anything in this other than our having been linked with him in the past.

    On an unrelated note: I’m sure it’ll grow on me, but the new strip makes our players look like liquorice allsorts. Anyone else see that?

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  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Might be kaka :p. I wish 😀

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Its probably a player who the papers aint mentioned yet, thats usually how it happens

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    PoolieToon, I was just thinking that about Spanish players. They need a season to settle. I.E. Enrique and Colo.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Poolie

    yes torres never really showed anything.. lol !!!

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  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Lmao @ geordie german. Class

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda heights, Torres did it the other way. 🙂

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    i think tat mystery guy is menez from roma

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  • PoolieToon

    May 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda – haha i knew somebody what going to mention him but all i have to say is look at him now lol

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  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    haha gg

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    May 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Dunno why the unknown professional footballer didn’t just hold his hands up and admit it when it started to leak now he just looks like a proper tool (although she is fit!)

    Wonder how long it is before another unknown ex professional footballer and former number 9 is exposed in parliament for his dirty ways with an unknown female presenter of Final Score

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    And on Albin I don’t think he was ever a target this summer wasn’t that a rumour about 2 years ago before we went down??!

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  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Pleased u specified female presenter, I had visions of big al getting it on with garth crookes there!

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    May 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Or Mark ‘I like a big man at the back’ Lawrenson!! Ha Ha

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  • Stuart

    May 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Never a need to share that thought Markaccus!

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Never knew Falcao had a 30million Euro release clause. Interesting

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    May 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Set my nostalgia away that has remember the days when we appointed Lawrenson as defensive coach……….and then concede more goals. What a knacker!!

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m gutted we missed out on Albin, he’d have been a class signing. He’s described as a forward but he’s more like a second striker, like Ben Arfa in his favoured position through the middle, and can play on the left wing too. He’s also great at free kicks so it’d mean we’d have someone who was actually good at them instead of pretending that Ryan Taylor is actually good cause he scored loads against us for Wigan.

    So as free signings go he’d have been amazing. It’s a shame really cause we’ll have to pay like 10 million for a similar player that’s still on a contract.

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  • Drona

    May 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    mystery midfielder is jeremy menez from roma i think

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  • Brutooon

    May 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    For years we lose on targets such as

    Zidane (in the mid 1990s before he go to Juventus)

    Modric ( to spurs)

    Arshavin (Before Euro 2008, he is linked with us)

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  • WWJBD

    May 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    mystery midfielder is obviously Messi you lot are just daft for ignoring the signs I mean come on what other reason does he have for his planned trip to the UK! Contract talks with Ashley anyone?

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    WWJBD, I think you’re right, Sky news has just said he’s coming early because of Ash.

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  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34

    @stuart, hey its in the public interest that these revalations are revealed, it would be irrisponsible of me to remain silent while such sordid acts of pundit poo pushing went on un checked!

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    Poolie,

    yes I’ll give you that.

    Sick about missing Albin though. For a free transfer he was the closest thing I’ve seen to a Beardo in recent times.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Jeez we’re buying them all. They are all coming early because of Ash.

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  • WWJBD

    May 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #37

    GG glad to see someone else has noticed the signs!

    I reckon Messi to us with Perch going the other way…you heard it here first lads!

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  • LondonMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Mystery midfielder Solano coming from Hartlepool on a swap for James Perch

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  • LondonMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #39

    @WWJBD

    I think my Perch transfer is a bit more beleivable

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #40

    in all seriousness hu do people think this player is. a member pardew saying we need a player like phill nevile hu can cover a few positions. so mayb this player is doing a bit of a barton, primaraly a CM but plays out on the wing

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