Defensive Target Gives Newcastle Hope Of Summer Signing


Newcastle are reported interested in signing Sevilla defender Juan Cala, and the player has said today that his intention is to leave his Spanish club in the summer, when he becomes a free agent.

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Juan Cala – 24 year-old is free agent this summer

Sevilla have been trying to get the 6’2″ center-back on a new contract over the last few months, but it looks as though that has finally failed, and this is what the 24 year-old had to say today:

“When I get to 30th June I will go somewhere else. I have not yet decided where.” “I have left the door open because it’s my home club, I would love to return to Sevilla because I’m from Lebrija, Seville.”

Cala said he had tried to negotiate a new deal with his current club, and that the negotiations were friendly, and that he may even want to come back to Sevilla in the future, but he now intends to leave the club in the summer.

Cala has said that he has been approached already by some clubs, which is legal this month for any player whose contract runs out in the summer, and Newcastle, Toulouse and Anderlecht are said to be the three clubs in the running for the defender.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is always keen to get a good deal, and if are really interested in signing this player, then Joe Kinnear should be trying to get him to sign a pre-contract deal, and then Newcastle can sign him formally in the summer,  and his contract would begin on July 1st – the start of the financial year for football clubs.

Juan has been at  Sevilla since 2000, when he was a 10 year-old, and he has played for the Spanish U19 side once, but he’s not a full Spanish International.

Cala has 19 appearances with one goal this season, and he has been out on loan at Cartagena and AEK Athens in past seasons, to get first team games.

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348 comments so far

  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    *Must…not…criticise…ludicrous…headline…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    ciaran

    I honestly don’t know what they want to do. Pardew has talked about pushing on for the champs league next year so see what happens, I doubt we will buy well enough to push for it.

    Lilo

    Yeh, you see big clubs have other clubs they loan out to all the time, build good relationships and get first dibs on their players often too.

    It’s a shame that we don’t seem to have the sense to do this. I’m not involved in football in anyway, so why on earth can i see we need to establish these links and yet people with the ‘football experience’ at the top don’t seem to see it.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Ciaran

    he may well have earned enough from us to justify selling us for an even bigger profit, but don’t build your hopes up m8, as long as we stay in the Prem and as long as Sky still keep on pumping £m’s into his pocket then I doubt that he will sell, I just cannot see Ashley selling a business which is currently earning him so much easy money.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    He is only 2 letters away from being Juan Mata!!! Sign him nowwwww!!! 😀

    Seriously though, if he is any sort of decent spanish centre half, Barca will probably sign him up, as they have needed one for a season and a half!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m so glad the league table is based on accounts, it’s great to know…oh no wait, it’s based on wins.

    money in the bank which doesn’t get spent doesn’t score you 20 goals a season.

    I bet man city fans must be gutted their accounts aren’t great….think in 50 years they will just be able to look back on wembley finals and league wins where as we will be able to look back on a healthy set of figures in a book.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    back to Clement Grenier, I think he has massive potential seen him play. Not sure how his form is as of late.

    Would be a great and needed addition cause of Cabayes departure…Common Ash open your wallet mate.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    This story is an old one, it did not inspire a few weeks ago and it doesn’t now, why the hell has this link been brought back up ?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesper,
    I have heard plenty of mentions for Danny Murphy, but for me I wouldn’t have put Murphy down as the sort to write a book and be intelligent enough with it to protect his identity so well….

    Sage,

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #9

    TS

    I’m as frustrated as you are about losing Cabaye but if you think about it with your head and not heart it makes sense. If a player really wants to leave then its difficult to stand in their way. We are getting good money and will hopefully replace with excellent talent. Cabaye is an excellent player but can definitely be replaced, we were all fuming when we sold Andy but we have progressed since and we will progress again after losing Cabaye. Everton are also a very good example of progressing after selling top players e.g Fellaini, Rodwell.

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  • daztoon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    No way will we be pushing for a champions league spot as that would take some serious investment from the fat man.All we can look forward too is being a mid-table side every year while Ashley sells our top players to fund any purchases.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Sage/Spoof

    The only issue is that the current policies of not paying advertising, not taking the cups seriously, as well as the likelihood of seeing a few more first team players leave in the summer is an unsustainable business model.

    There is only so much streamlining you can do before it collapses in on itself.

    Our previous relegation season we had a bloated squad with over paid prima donnas but now we have a rather skeletal squad that needs depth, and if we see the likes of Shola, Cisse, Remy, Colo depart what is already a thin squad, it could wind up costing Ashley more in the long run to fix it.

    Which is why I do not think Ashley is in it for the long run. I think he is going to run this club on a knife edge until he can pack up and leave.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Sage,
    Loads of clubs have them, I don’t understand why we haven’t got them, although we have got an agreement with Gateshead….

    Maybe one day we will arrange something. I suppose the obvious one would be formalising the arrangements with St Mirren. Seems a logical step as we have sent players there the last 2 seasons. Not exactly a major statement but a step in the right direction.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    T sage

    Yeah! Serves them right for buying all those expensive super stars!

    “We have acheived a state of financial stability over the last 5 years, and you know we have. we have acheived a state of financial sta….et.c”

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Sage

    As for pushing on for CL? Maybe some of our fans will fall for that line, but I’d like to think that the majority of our fans aren’t morons.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    tekkers

    I am using my head though I think.

    He has 2.5 years left on his contract, if we didn’t sell him now he would still play his heart out to get a spot in the world cup team in the summer. Then if he has even an average tournament his value will no doubt go up, if he has a blinder it will double near enough.

    If he has a bad one nobody comes in for him he might sign a contact and stay for years.

    All hypothetical but I reckon it made more football and financial sense to wait until the summer to sell. Can’t prove this, just my opinion on how I think it would go.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe…I just don’t think they know what they are doing and Ashley hardly seems to care!

    …I am not sure I would call it an excuse just the sad realization 🙁

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Also, as far as I am concerned, no one can come out and claim the Cabaye transfer was a ‘good deal’ until we see a player of equal or better quality come in and replace him.

    Until that time comes, it will remain a very bad deal for Newcastle United and the fans because our team is severely weakened at the loss of our best player.

    It is a good deal for 1 man though. I’ll give you 3 guesses who that may be.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Dave Kitson has been mentioned!

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    talk is cheap .i dont like the way he hesitates almost like he has ashley hand up his behind

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Ciaran

    I think CL push is bollox too. Cost Cashley too much, and Pards himself would be out of a job, as he is NOT a CL manager, so he won’t really want it.

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  • Assam Toon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Where would we rate cabaye in our list of top EPL era midfielders?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #22

    lilo

    well at least st mirren play some tough and physical football, good to toughen kids up but not great for developing skills if the team don’t play the same style as we do.

    We need to make sure we do a lot more on that front, it’s possibly why we have so many very good england youth internationals who then fade away to nothing.

    Obviously some will do this, not all develop as hoped, but it seems our proportion of those stepping up from top under 18 level is poor.

    Markaccus

    Exactly mate…..won’t they look silly in the future telling their grandkids about wembley days out and titles when we can talk about those great days we had reading about how we turned a profit.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Ciaran

    .. oh, oh, i know this one…. is iiiitttt… Ronald Macdonald?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I think it would have made more sense for both Cabaye and the club for him to stay until the summer. For Cabaye he is guaranteed first team football in a role that he was thriving in here. At PSG he has Thiago, Matuidi, Verratti, Rabiot, Pastore, Moura etc all fighting for 3 spots. That is with ignoring the fact Marquinhos has played in centre mid a few times this season.

    As for the club, I agree that his value would have increased if he had a half decent world cup, he would have helped maintain a healthy league position for us.

    Still, it is done now, and I won’t be losing too much sleep over it, hopefully we can get someone in before the window shuts. Time will tell.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #25

    ciaran

    For it to be a good deal in my eyes we need to sign an equal or better quality player for less money who can impact right away.

    Or we need to sign 2/3/4 players who have potential to be as good or better but also capable of contributing something now.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Markaccus

    The summer window will be an interesting one because we will most likely see Remy leave the club and move on to pastures new. Cisse should be offloaded, as well as the repeated speculation surrounding Colocinni’s future at NUFC.

    Then there is the possibility of the likes of Debuchy being unsettled at Cabaye’s departure, and I would also think interest in him will intensify if he keeps playing the way he has done this season and then you have the fact that Shola is out of contract in the summer to contend with.

    The more I think about it, the more I really think Shola will be offered a 1 year extension, purely to save on having to sign someone new.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Ciaran

    I do hope your right, but you may subconsciously be saying that in hope rather than expectation, last season we were in a right mess, he safeguarded what he had in Janauary, he will do the same again if needs be, and lets face it, last January he brought in 5 players which are better than what we had but by selling Ba he only spent about £10m which is about a 1/4 of what he got from Sky, this time round he has got the cash in from Cabaye, he may spend half of that, even all of it but he would still have the Sky cash as a guarantee, so unless he gets pathetically greedy then I see him being here for the long haul, I don’t mean to upset you, but I’m sure you can see where I’m coming from.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Telllllll me Ma, me Ma;
    I won’t be home for tea;
    I’m going to a meeting with mike ashley to discuss investing in the financial futures market;
    que sera sera.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Ciaran, a ‘ludicrous headline’.

    Oh dear, seems your venting your own blogging failures on Ed’s site. What a pathetically shameful way you go on here – there’s nothing wrong with this article but you still smirk and poke holes in it with no cause or reason (except self vested).

    I read an earlier article today mentioning Ed’s wife going for surgery today – so why not just for today, one day of all days, be civil toward somebody who you should respect.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Please for god sake get grenier in, we got fop dollar for cabaye, stop fcukin about wi agents fees n negotiations, get the kid signed, JK stop pissin about. Frigan maddening yet again.

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  • daztoon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Can see a steady stream of the likes of Debuchy ,Benny,Sissoko etc following Cabs, to more ambitious clubs.

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  • Macas

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Cabaye has played well for half a season, but the previous 2 seasons he was mostly inconsistent and went missing in a lot of the games, with a handful of good performances. On his day he is a very good player, but I think people are looking at some of his performances with rose tinted spectacles. Given that he wanted to leave then we have received decent money and the club seem to be actively looking for a replacement. De Jong seems a shrewd signing as well, the lad has plenty to prove and with it only being a loan there is less risk if it doesn’t work out. Having said that I would like us to sign one more player, maybe an upgrade on Gouffran to play out wide and give us mroe attacking threat.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Sage

    With 3 days to go do you expect that signing to come in? I must profess to not knowing too much about either Grenier or Cabella, but it would seem that most people think they are different types of players to Cabaye, and obviously neither of them are as good as him as Cabaye is France’s starting CM. If they were as good/better surely they would be in ahead of him?

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Andy

    why are you trying to start a fight, at the end of the day the Cala story is an old one which didn’t really have much substance to it in the first place, I have to be honest and admit that when I saw this article I thought wtf

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Andy give it a rest and contribute something of worth or just pipe down and wind your neck in? There’s a good lad.

    Also worth noting that the headline is ludicrous as the article mentions nothing about wanting to come to Newcastle so it is stretching the truth massively. I too read that Ed’s wife is in surgery today, and it is also worth noting that I did not actually criticise, if anything, my tongue-in-cheek comment was meant to reflect how much I wanted to criticise it, yet did not.

    So I refer you to my earlier statement – pipe down.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Unlikely we’ll bring anyone else in, Lyon know we’ve just taken 20 million off PSG so will be holding out for that thinking we are desperate…. little do they know that Ash and Kinnear won’t bid beyond 10 million sterling so take it or leave it…

    methinks they’ll leave it

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Ciaran

    at present Cabaye is probably better than both Cabella and Grenier, both they are both about 5 years younger so you would expect them to improve, don’t forget that the Cabaye which we are selling is a far superior Cabaye to the one we bought, if we can improve these other lads (if we get them) to the same extent then both of them could end up being better than Cabaye, for all those who say that Pardew hampers players developement then I suggest they look at Cabaye.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #38

    “did not actually criticise… was meant to reflect how much I wanted to criticise it, yet did not.”

    Well what a clever boy you are. Your irony knows no limit.

    As for, “contribute something of worth”, is it your Napoleon complex coming through because all people do is argue how bad your blog is?

    Ed didn’t have to bother with this today, but still keeps us informed. It’s a quote where a player wants to leave, is on a free, in the age range of NUFC who are reportedly interested … how many times do you actually read a player saying where they are directly wanting to transfer to? It’s not stretching the headline’s truth, it’s an observational statement, so stick that in your pipe.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #39

    All I’m saying is that if it were Steve Wraith writing this article Ruddy you would be creaming yourself over it.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Personally we dont have to replace Cabaye like for like, we need somebidy hardworking, pacey and creative to play in front of Tiote and Anita, thought we already looked better going forward last night now we have got rid of Mr overrated himself.

    Enjoy Paris Yohan lad, live goes on as normal at the toon, and for me the lad couldnt lace the boots of loads of midfielders we have had over the last ten or so years.

    Dont think hes as good as Emre, Rob Lee, Gary Speed, Kieren Dyer on form, Didi Hamann and even an on form Tiote is worth more than the lad, the game passed him by at times. Would have been more disappointed to lose Sissoko or a fit Ben Arfa, hopefully Benny comes to life at the weekend.

    Lets Beat the SCUM……

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