Newcastle Reported After Argentine International Striker


This could be way off the mark, but news in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Star today, that Newcastle are looking at Velez Sarsfield striker Juan Manuel Martinez.

Juan Manuel Martinez – Argentine striker/winger

Juan Manuel Martinez is 25 and plays as a second striker or winger and joined his the Argentine Primera Division club back in 2003.

He made his debut for the club when only 17,  and has a nickname of ‘The Little Donkey’, and the news is that he was also a target of Wigan and Blackburn earlier in the summer.

Apparently there are now three clubs interested in this player,  with Napoli and Seville being the other two clubs.

But Newcastle have never been successful in recent times in bringing South American players to the club who turn out to be good players, and we wonder why some established young players in Europe, who will cost real money, are not being targeted this summer.

It’s perfectly OK to look for bargains in the transfer market, but sometimes you have to pay out the bucks for quality young players such as Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, as just one good example.

And it’s not that Newcastle are not flush with cash either, with none of the £35M Andy Carroll having been spent yet – even though we have brought in three good players, and captain Kevin Nolan has left the club – which was a huge shock a week or so ago.

It’s hard to know just how good this player is, since we have never seen him play, but he has played for the full Argentine side only once.

The striker received his first call-up by coach Sergio Batista in January of this year, for a friendly match against Portugal.

And Juan was brought on and then brought down in the penalty area in injury time to win a penalty for his country – and Lionel Messi scored the winner – who else?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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52 comments so far

  • Teamstoof

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    sweet, finally a striker roumer, but then who is he?

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Argentinan player of the year last year…not bad

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  • geoff777

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Sturridge please Mr Ashley.

    You sold our No9 … so buy us a new one …

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Sturridge and nzogbia

    plz hurry up

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Funny how quickly players can lose form. I wouldn’t have minded Conor Wickham as an exciting talented and strong young striker for us, but now he’s going to Blunderland I’ve decided he’s an expensive gamble- untried, has no PL experience and not a particularly good goal-scoring record!

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  • tweaked

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    @geoff, my sentiments exactly

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Please Ed stop with the Sturridge plugging!

    Love the blog but have you got shares in him or something? It just gets Geoff777 over excited!

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  • estechco

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    never been successful in recent times in bringing South American players to the club?

    Mmmm…Nobby Solano?

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  • sindrith

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Asprilla’s hat trick against Barcelona were enough success for me!

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  • Eastander

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    are we forgetting two south american players we have now? guitierrez and collocini? or have we moved argentina?

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  • toonfan09

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    this guy doesnt even score in the argentine league

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  • toonarmy1986

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Chelsea are wanting 20 million for Sturridge and any anything in excess of 10 million I wouldn’t do business. Far as I’m concerned he has done nothing to justify a price tag in excess of 5 million mind 10 million. He didn’t get a look in at Chelsea or Man City so we’re all going by one good loan spell at Bolton and suddenly he has a huge price tag.

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  • keyser soze

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    I dotn’t pretend to be in the know but I received an interesting test this morning.We had a bid rejected for Sturridge yesterday evening,possibly the reason we bid for the lad as Erdinc has been offered to Lille as part ex plus money for Hazard.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Really biased article Ed. Hope you don’t sway too many readers. ‘NEVER’? What are you on about? Even our current team features 2 S. Am. stars. Ok, you (and I) have never seen this guy, and we’ve seen Sturridge have just 1 decent season, but that does not clinch it. But we do need at least one top striker to play alongside Ba.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15

    @stuckdownsouth

    It’s okay the wife’s got some valium somewhere if the transfer window gets too much for me.

    Just waiting to see if Mr Ashley spends 40M+ before August 31st.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Chelsea have some cheek if they are asking 20 mil for their substitute. To use Ed’s words, he NEVER broke into their first team.

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  • P.I.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    @keyser soze

    If we did bid for Sturridge I wouldnt be suprised if it was 5Million.

    Im all for getting players on the cheap but when we are talking major talent you’ve got to be willing to pay a decent price. It would seem Ashley isnt willing to do this (so far)

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  • GeordieDan

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Never successful in bringing in south Americans?

    Colo?
    Jonas?
    Solano?

    Howay Ed. lol

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  • keyser soze

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Plenty of time before we hit the panic button,we have signed 3 quality players so it is a start considering some clubs have yet to purchase.

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  • OttersPocket

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Keyser Soze

    Interestingly I got the same text! Wonder if its off same person??
    It was on Twitter Im sure it said 10m rejected and closer to getting Zog.
    Cant see Lille letting Hazard go to PSG, regardless of amount bid as they would get that from top clubs as well, also they dont need Erding, they have Sow and are close to signing that Korean from Monaco

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    no thanx. rather have erdinc.

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  • Teamstoof

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #22

    What about our good-looking guy Acuna?
    best we ever had:)

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Sturridge for £12M. It’s worth it, he can play as a striker, as well as a winger, and has shown he can score goals in this league.
    As for this guy, do we need another Donkey at the club, we’ve already had our fair share…

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  • keyser soze

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Otters pocket

    Intersting where are you from pal?

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  • GeordieDan

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    We might have got spoilt a bit at the beginning of the transfer window by signing 3 good players quickly (albeit free or cheap ones).

    But pre-season will be here very soon and we NEED strikers to come in. They need to get used to all playing together and get the rustiness out of the way so we can have a blast up the table early doors.

    No point in Cabaye/Marveux etc practicing supplying bullets for Mr Best/Ameobi if they will never be actually playing a league game together (at least I really hope not). Whoever comes in will obviously play differently to those 2 (massively better than at least Ameobi if there’s any justice for us loyal fans!).

    Obviously its good for their fitness but if we hang on too long to get our much needed firepower in then in my opinion its a BIG mistake.

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  • P.I.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Never successful in bringing in south Americans?

    Mirandinha
    Geordie Robledo
    Faustino Asprilla
    Fumaça
    Daniel Cordone
    Daniel Gavilan
    Christian Bassedas
    Nobby Solano
    Claudio Cacapa
    Jonas Guitierez
    Fabrizio Colloccini

    I mean come on Ed, every single one of those lads above have been instant success stories. And if i’ve missed anyone off the list im sorry, they were absolutely class aswell!

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  • OttersPocket

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #27

    keyser soze

    Whitley Area

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve got a sneeky feeling we are going to announce the Sturridge signing on the 1st,i’m probably wrong but 2 of the teams that we are in competition with us for him have put bids in for other strikers,Stoke have bid for Jerome and Scumderland have bid for Whickham,i think they know something that we don’t.Why would you bid for Whickham with no Premier league experience when Sturridge is available?,i think he’s told them already where he’s going and seeing that we are the biggest club interested in him i think he’ll come here,i know,it’s a long shot.but fingers crossed eh.

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  • Xavi

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #29

    clarence acuna, bassedas, solano, jonas, colo are all good players. all from south america

    if tiote was a bargain at 5 mill, we could find 100 more like him in south america.

    but unfortunately i dont see us signing players from there…..DUMB on our part

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  • P.I.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #30

    @28 MrMojoRisin76

    Like your thinking mate. Hope you’re right.

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  • Xavi

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #31

    @P.I

    agree completely

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  • frost-nufc

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #32

    From the top of my head. Two of my nufc all time favourites; Tino and Nobby, and lets not forget Colo and Guti.
    The only south american flops i can remember from the last years is Cordone, Bassedas, and Gavilan. I think Acuna did a reasonable job for us and can not be considered a flop, but others may disagree.

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  • nufcjp25

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #33

    MrMojoRisin76 couldn’t it simply mean that Sunderland and Stoke have been put of by a huge price tag?? I hope your right but I doubt nufc will pay that money and would be more likely to get him on loan. We need more striker gossip soon to come on Ashley get out the check book!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #34

    @ PI
    agree – except claudio cacapa lol

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  • slazberger

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #35

    lol Cordone. i wounder if he ever managed to figure out the off-side rule.

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  • keyser soze

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #36

    Otters

    Could possibly be I am from North Shields so not too far.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #37

    From newcastlerumours.

    29 Jun 2011 08:28:02
    toon had £10mil bid for sturridge rejected yesterday expect them to go as high as £15mil but no higher + N’zogbia deal is steadily gathering momentum no word on Erdinc + ive herard Swansea would accept £3.8mil for Taylor but toon will not be held to ransom expect him to sign for the £1 mil after his clause is cleared up
    ED u heard anything on Erdinc?
    Don

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  • P.I.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #38

    Acuna was decent i thought. Little troll of a man running about the middle of the park.

    Fumaca was obviously a waste of space, dont think he even made a first team appearance.

    Owld Sparrowhalk was class on his debut, then dreadful on every occasion afterwards.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Sturridge Update from BBC…

    The Potters could also miss out on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge having been told it would take £20m to take him to the Britannia Stadium.
    Full story: Daily Express

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #40

    i am saying this again hope we sign stturidge

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