There’s some worrying news in the Daily Mirror today.
Fab Coloccini – no progress in contract negotiations
Apparently there has been a distinct lack of progress with the negotiations which are ongoing on the new five year deal being offered to Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle captain.
We all know that the 34 times capped Argentine International is an important player both on and off the field on Tyneside, and Newcastle are trying to tie the 29 year-old down with a long term deal to stay at Newcastle.
Coloccini now has 18 months left on his current five year deal that he signed when he joined the club from Spanish club Deportivo, for £10.4M in August of 2008.
Alan Pardew wants the deal sorted out by the end of January, and we suppose if they are deadlocked on the contract, Newcastle could even consider selling the Argentine either in January or next summer.
That’s because the club would be unwilling for such a talented player to run down his contract, and be available as a free agent in the summer of 2013.
But hopefully it will not come to that.
Pardew had this to say on the latest developments on Coloccini’s contract:
“We’ve not been told no, he doesn’t want to sign it.” ” We hope by the time the transfer window ends that situation will have been resolved.”
Pardew wants to sign a center-back in January, because at Norwich we were without our top three center-backs, and we need more cover in that position, especially now that Steven Taylor is out for the season.
Newcastle were linked on Monday with FC Twente 6’4″ 23 year-old Brazilian defender Douglas Franco Teixeira, and apparently Alan Pardew was said to have watched the player recently .
Bringing in another center-back has nothing to do with the Coloccini contract situation, and we are really hoping this thing can get sorted out, and the sooner the better - because Coloccini is too important to lose.