Interesting news today that Deportivo la Coruna want to do a permanent deal for Newcastle striker Xisco.
Xisco – Deportivo want to take him back
The reports are coming out of Spain, but of course Xisco will be at training on Monday morning in Newcastle, because he is still contracted to the club for another two years, after signing from Deportivo for £5.7M three years ago.
But it’s been a disastrous financial deal for the Magpies, and the Spanish U21 International is simply not good enough.
And that’s the huge chance you take when you pay out big money for a player and sign him to a five year deal at £50K/week, and the lad is untested in the world’s top football league.
Xisco made just 9 first team appearances with one goal for Newcastle, which he scored in his debut against Hull City in September of 2008 – and that was the first game after Kevin Keegan had left the club, partly because Xisco was signed without the manager having been informed about it.
Of course Deportivo were relegated from the Spanish First Division last season, and they have probably already spent the £5.7M they received from Newcastle for the player three years ago, and will hardly have much money to take the 25 year-old back to his former club.
Deportivo President Augusto Cesar Lendoiro would like to open negotiations with Newcastle to take Xisco back, and Newcastle will have to decide whether it’s worth saving around £5M on his wages over the next two years and take only a minimal fee to get the deal done.
It probably is, but of course the big problem is that Xisco has every legal right to refuse the transfer, and remain a Newcastle player for the next two years, and get £5M in return for that.
That’s always the potential problem when you sign a player to big wages over a long period of time – when they are untested – and then turn out to be simply not good enough.