Newcastle After Top Honduran International

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1


  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2


    Id like to thank my Pit Crew for doing a Splendid job at getting me in and out the pits at record Time. Always been my dream to come first at Monaco, and now i have!

  • toonbelmonter(mr.T...iote)

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    kinda hope we dont get him, a remember boumsong looked class in the SPL, he cud just be good in a poor league like

  • dpo1981

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    CRACKING PLAYER, could improve as well, would be a great buy should enrique go. Just hope theres some news today given the apparent arrival or simon stainrod, charney last night on transfer business. craiggoozy isnt wrong usually with this type of thing!

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Doubt there is truth to this… didnt Pardew come and call the SPL shite (he pretty much did)

    Why would we want a replacement from there?

  • gorgonzola

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Daaaamnn Boommmmmschlong was awful. So many goals we let in cause of his errors…. Man that dude was a huge disappointment…yet he still played for the National team…

  • tomnewcastle

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7


    because this guy pretty much ripped up the whole league. He’s way too good for the SPL meaning that he might be a decent EPL player

  • tynesidetommo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    This lad is a very good player and because of that will cost considerably more than £2.5m. However, the Toon are not flavour of the month north of the border because of the manager’s criticism and any move for the lad is likely to be seen as hypocritical. I’d be surprised if this is no more than paper talk

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Boumsong looked good in the SPL…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    2.5mil for Izzaguire is just an insult. We are resigned to losing Enrique but i hope we sell him for above 11mil.

    Izzaguirre for about 7mil. and that’s about 4-5mil profit depending on how much we can squeeze for Enrique.

    Can use the 4mil to purchase much needed utility players.

  • connor_nufc

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Na hes terrible

  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Nufc_mo the stewards have met after the race and decided to give you a 25 second time penalty for causing an avoidable incident.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13


  • gorgonzola

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    😀 HAHAHAH… yeah it seems they didnt bold on the wheel either in the next pit stop ow dear…thats a DNF

  • toonbelmonter(mr.T...iote)

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    conner_nufc yah rite he is, very pedestrian at times, caught out 2 much n its the SPL, i could go to the SPL and look like messi,,, its a p**s poor league, try to name 10 SPL players hu dnt play for celtic or rangers,,,, ana i cant

  • Davies

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Isn’t Simon Stainrod Ben Arfa’s agent?

    Also, is he the guy that used to play for QPR in the 80s?

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Your Joking NottsGeordie… How did i cause that accident?!?! That muppet who was a lap behind wouldnt move out the way, and i wasnt gonna just do nothing!

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    He is the one who should be penalised… if he just moved out the way and let me through, i woulnt have driven over the pit lane exit!

  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Im sorry nufc_mo but the tunnel is not a suitable place to over take, even when the driver you are passing is being lapped. The driver also didnt know he was being lapped as the marshall dropped his blue flag. You should of just waited untill the chicane. :/


    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    In all fairness the opening bid is decent for testing the watersm

    And pardew insulted the league but not celtic or rangers he said their games were good for FF. I think people are blowing his words out of proportion

  • Stuart

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21


    ‘I think people are blowing his words out of proportion’

    That surprises you still on this blog? lol.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Aston Villa 2 Spurs

    is that not 2 clubs in EPL


    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Stuart haha you raise a good point there the level headed crowd does seem to have taken a battering since the transfer window opened up

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    But Alonso was right behind me!

  • ollietoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    off topic but Ivory Coast don’t have an international match this coming week according to bbc sport so gervinho would be able to do transfer to wherever he goes…

    hopefully the toon!

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    If i didnt make the move, Alonso could have over taken me.

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    I reckon Given will move to Villa..

  • G

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    I reckon this bloke could actually do a job for us, my first choice is to keep Jose though.

  • toon_tomma

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #29

    I still dont no why we aint heard nothing about Enrique yet thought we would have known his choice by now so dunno what is happening there.

  • roe997

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    part ex for frasier foster?

  • roe997

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31


  • cheikmate

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #32

    since most of our targets are in france, i have been looking at french newspaper lequipe and translated (google translate, i got an E in french) there mentions of us today:

    Newcastle did not give the young fullback left Toulouse, M’Bengue Sheikh (22 years). After submitting a first bid of 5 million, there is a little over a month, which was denied by the president Sadran, the English have recently returned to the fray with a new proposal to the tune of 6 million. Toulouse but did not show more impressed by that amount and leaders hope to receive better proposals in the weeks to come.

    and in the transfer news column:

    Lille prepares for a possible departure from Gervinho (Newcastle?)

  • tsunami

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Unable to show much interest in signings at the back for now.My ears are pricked to hear about these bums off seats signings that Pardrew is always banging on about. There seems to be plenty of time wasted on players we are after but can’t get. Come on Pardrew you’ve got the money lets see the colour of it.For me,until you get the toon some names the ghost of Carroll will be with you, you’ve not justified selling him in my eyes yet.Time will tell, hope we are not holding our heads when the transfer market closes wondering it we will stay up. Lets look on the bright side for now and see our next season pushing for Europe and up in the top margins of the prem league. Think the beer garden is looking good today.

  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #34

    No chance of him coming. He’s been linked with europes top clubs. Would love to see him here but AP has scuppered any chance we had of doing a deal with them

  • Tommybhoy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #35

    As a celtic fan i`d just like to say Izzy has been a revelation at Celtic Park, great vision, brilliant engine, calm under pressure, gets up and down the line all day long and puts in a decent cross.

    Keep your hands off, if we were going to sell him, the price would need to be a minimum of £10 million + add ons, and even then the Celtic support would be bloody furious.
    Look elsewhere.

  • steggsybhoy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #36

    I doubt he would go to join the toon army as he is a class player and would fancy a crack at europe .The closest you lot will get to that is when you go your summer holidays. Dream on !.

  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Tommmy you never know with the way the club is being ran. Lawell has pretty much said that every player has a price tag. Quite frankly can’t see him going to newcastle but can’t see him staying either

  • Burni

    Jun 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    NUFC_Mo and NottsGeordie, yees two have been cracking me up with ur banter for days now! cheers for brightening me frosty (yet usually very happy mood) on a Friday 🙂

    I acually cant really comment on Izagguire so I wont …….

  • Tommybhoy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #39

    We`re building a pretty decent side under Neil Lennon, both Izzy and Kayal have stated they want to stay at Celtic (thankfully) although money talks, i think he`ll be at Celtic for at least another season

  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    Tommy i hope so! Celtic are and always have been my second team, get up as often as i can. It’s a shame that Celtic and the others are so restricted by the league they are in. But like you say Lennons scouting team is working wonders! Along with lennon himself


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