News today that Newcastle are interested in Celtic fullback Emilio Izaguirre.
Emilio Izaguirre – Newcastle interested in left-back
Izaguirre was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in May, 1986, and was signed on a four year deal by Celtic last August from Honduran club Motagua.
As you may have expected Liverpool are also interested in the player – probably because Newcastle are.
The Scottish Sun is reporting that Alan Pardew is looking for a new left back to replace Jose Enrique, should he leave Newcatsle in the summer, presumably for Liverpool.
And since Newcastle have given up on french U21 left back Cheikh M’Bengue, they are now scouring for other alternatives, and only yesterday were linked with Senegal international left-back Boukary Drame, who is a free agent.
Newcastle scouts spotted the Honduran when they were scouting their number three goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who played for Celtic all last season, and will return to Newcastle for pre-season training on July 4th.
It may not help Newcastle’s bid that Pardew only recently criticized the poor standard of play in the Scottish Premier League and he is unlikely to let of any more of his young charges go on loan north of the border.
Newcastle will probably start the bidding at around £2.5M for the 45 times capped Honduran, but expect Celtic to turn down the offer hoping to get more for one of their star players.
Newcastle will be able to offer the 25 year-old a much better deal to play in the English Premier League, the world’s most popular league of any sport, and the games are watched around the world and Premier League clubs receive over £40M a year in global TV revenues.
That’s only one reason Rangers and Celtic tried to become part of the EPL a few years ago.
The 25 year old stands 5’10” tall, and started his career at Honduran club Motagua in 2004, before moving to Celtic last year.
Emilio played 144 times with four goals for Motagua, and has so far played 42 times with one goal for Celtic in his first season in Scottish football.
The Honduran International picked up 4 major player awards at Celtic last season, and seems destined for bigger things in his football career.
Izaguirre achieved a clean sweep of available senior player awards as chosen by players, organizations and the Celtic supporters for last season’s performances.
He won both the SPFA Players’ Player of the Year and Scottish Premier League Player of the Year awards, and Izaguirre also picked up the Players’ Player of the Year Award at Celtic, and was also voted Scottish Football Writers player of the year.
He must have had a good season in Scotland last year. 😀