Newcastle Again Linked With Argentine International

There is news coming through today that Newcastle may be after Vélez Sársfield Argentine International Juan Manuel Martinez.

Juan Manuel Martinez – Argentine International striker

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the second striker who plays his football in the Argentine League, but that doesn’t necessarily say it’s true either.

The Daily Mail is reporting today that the second striker was a target for both Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer.

As in previous reports, the Daily Mail is indicating that both Napoli and Sevilla are also interested in the player.

The Argentine international was voted player of the year in Argentina last year, and the 25 year-old plays as a second striker, and he can also play out on the wing,  and joined Vélez Sársfield back in 2003, when he was just 17 years old.

He made his debut for the club when only 17, and has a nickname of ‘The Little Donkey’ (he must be a Democratic).

Since we haven’t seen this player in action, it’s really hard to know  how good he is, but he must have had a great season last year,  to be voted the Argentine player of the year.

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

As we said we don’t know if this story is true or not.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Spike

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha. To you 1st!!! brigade – denied!!

  • Spike

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Woohoo! 1st! Lol

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Wouldn’t mind him, looks a tidy player.

  • Nathan

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Is there a new rule on this blog where every story has to be completely made up?

  • Spike

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    He could settle quickly as well with Sideshow Fab and Jonas already here

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #6

    See when you get your news from newsnow, theres always some site or paper who are a week late, so we arn”t being linked again someone has rereported the story from a week ago to which you’ve rereported that.

  • Magforlife

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Come on Joey start tweeting need some real stuff !!!!!

  • free giveaways

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t mind him. Looks like a very good player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Off topic, but just been browsing some vids and found this sick goal from Erding I hasn’t seen before.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Tom_Toon There was nothing sick about this goal I thought it was quite good myself

  • Tiote4PM

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #11

    My research on youtube leads me to think he is technically gifted!

    Watched for 5 mins…. Better than what we has so far in Shola, Best, McLoven.

    To be voted best in Argentinian league – must be okay surely!

  • Brutooon

    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Definitely Better than Ameobi….YES!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Nice bit of skill involved that none of our other forwards would be able to do. Surrounded by 2/3 defenders with nowhere to move in the centre of the box, does them with a nice bit of skill and fires a bullet right into the corner of the goal beating the keeper, that’s a sick goal in my book, granted its no 30 yard screamer.

    Or are you just saying you aren’t down with the lingo?!

  • Bao Zheng

    Jul 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #14

    He may mean slick?

  • wallsendken

    Jul 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    i bet nothing comes of it, just like most players we’re linked with lately, load of marmite.

  • Davey B

    Jul 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16
  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    never heard of this player

  • UpTheRoad

    Jul 4, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    This is the trap we fell into with players like Ignacio Gonzalex, youtube shows clips and you cannot judge a player. For example you don’t see many clips of Tiote on youtube as he isn’t the flair type but he is class!

  • Jarra-mag

    Jul 4, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #19

    haha we would have the little donkey and big donkey(shola) up front if this was true.

  • Davies

    Jul 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Sick means good. It’s young people speak.

  • borderreiver

    Jul 4, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s played 177 games and scored 29 goals in inferior leagues, and some numptys say he’s better than Shola.Fffs.

  • pedro

    Jul 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #22

    As a toon fan who lives in Buenos Aires I watch Velez on a regular basis. Martinez is a very useful player who is great with the ball at his feet. He has been one of the stand out players from the team who have been by far and away the best Argentine team this season. I wouldn’t really regard him as an out and out striker though as he drops deep or out wide and carries the ball. So I wouldn’t read too much into his poor scoring record, borderreiver. I have been more impressed with Martinez than Alvarez who Arsenal are apparently close to signing. However, the standard of the league is far below the premiership so it would still be a risk but maybe one worth taking if we could get him on the cheap!

  • chuck

    Jul 4, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordie doon sooth and Bao Zheng
    You obviously dont get it , bad is good , sick is great, where have you been , under a rock somewhere?
    Even a septugenarian like myself understood .


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