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Newcastle Turn To Serbian International Attacking Midfielder

6:13 pm, Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Newcastle may be after 22 year-old Serbian International, Filip Duricic, and that’s according to his agent, who has said he has been speaking this week with the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew about a possible transfer for the player.

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Filip Duricic – 22 year-old Serbian International

This is what Duricic’s agent Ulisses Santos told One World Sports today, when asked about rumors that Newcastle were interested:

“It is true about Newcastle, I have been speaking with Alan Pardew this week and so let us see what happens by the end of Friday.”

It is absolutely imperative that Newcastle replace Yohan Cabaye by tomorrow night, and if they cannot make progress with Lyon’s Cement Grenier – then Newcastle  have to get somebody else in – and maybe this is an alternative signing.

Duricic began his career at the Red Star Belgrade Youth Academy, and in 2007 he spent a year in Greece with top Greek side Olympiacos.

And then in 2010,after initially returning to Red Star Belgrade, Duricic joined SC Heerenveen in January of that year.

Duricic played for Heerenveen until last summer, when he went to Benfica, but he seems to be unhappy at the top Portugal club, because he is not getting enough playing time.

After playing 110 times with 26 goals for Heerenveen over three and a half seasons, he has made only 8 appearances with one goal for the Portuguese side this season, so it’s not surprising he is a mite unhappy.

Benfica signed the player on a five-year contract for just €6M (£5M), so he will be a (much) cheaper option than French International Clement Grenier.

That’s something that would appeal to owner Mike Ashley no doubt – but it could well be Filip  would be a better bargain.

The six-foot midfielder was born in Obrenovac in Yugoslavia, and has so far played 15 times for the full Serbian side, and he played 22 times for the Serbian U21 side – and would you believe it – today is his 22nd birthday.

This could also be a ploy by Newcastle to try to get the Grenier deal closed, because in any negotiation,  it’s always good to let the other party know that you have alternatives available.

Duricic does have a release clause in his contract – and would you believe it’s for €40M (£33M) – and of course there’s no way Newcastle will pay out that kind of money for a 22 year-old – or any player for that matter.

Why put that in his contract when he cost only €6M six months ago?

Anyway – this news could even be true. :D

What do you think?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Don’t think so
    On 23 February 2013, it was confirmed that ?uri?i?, along with fellow national team player Miralem Sulejmani, passed medical tests and devoted to a five-year contract with Benfica from summer 2013, with the Portuguese club spending €6 million to secure his services.[4][5] A week later, Benfica revealed that the contract which ?uri?i? signed had a release clause which valued him at €40 million.[6]

  • 2 mag // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    More desperate by the minute!

  • 3 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    We will definitely turn to Haris Vuckic, who is currently on loan with Rochester from some PL club, or Danny Gosling, who did well with Blackpool earlier this season and now back to his club. There is also some rumor saying we are going after the Algeria U21 international Mehdi Abeid.

    *start rolling my eyes*

  • 4 USAGEORDIE // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    According to Lee Ryder, we are submitting another bid for Grenier. I think it will probably be in the area of £12m which will hopefully get em!

  • 5 check the toastie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    On transfers, has any team around us signed anybody decent yet? Apart from Man Utd of course(hardly direct competitors).

    Lets face it we are only going to buy who we think will improve the team and slot straight in, Is Grenier all that or are people just wanting him like spoilt kids.

    We could be still bringing in the likes of Babayaro, Geremi, Alan Smith etc…but no we now try and get decent young talent and clearly this is tough. Cabella is supposed to be coming in summer and for me if Pardew picks the right team and squad we should have no bother competing at the top of the league.

    Is Grenier better than Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Remy, if not 12 or 13 million is a lot of money for a bench warmer. Miserable Al already looks like he is ready to spew excuses after the Mackems turn us over, I hope not.

    Ince would struggle to get on our bench for me if everyone is fully fit.

    Krul, debuchy, Willo, Saylor, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Luke De Jong, Remy,

    Subs – Elliot, Mbiwa, Collo, Haidara, dummett, Sammi, Goofy, Cisse, Marveaux,

    We have plenty and no new signings shouldn’t be a reason for Pardew to start making excuses as per normal.

    Our squad is infinitely stronger than the Mackems, and another defeat is unforgivable

    Fingers crossed the Fat Man and JFK come good. Surely we will get somebody with Cabayes money.

    It could be worse you could support AC Milan, they have sunk so low they are signing Adel Tarabbt. Wow.

  • 6 anthc // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Smoke up lyons backside to encourage them to part with grenier?

  • 7 theartfuldodger // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    This is perhaps the worst window.
    We were in a good position in the league and we have been massively set back.
    Ashleys lack of ambition is just so clear now (Some people might giv him the summer)

    But the summer could be a lot worse. Need a cabaye replacement plus a striker plus collo replacement just to come back to where we were at beginning of this year. Then another striker and updates on cleared dead wood.

    Oh and lastly..bring back Leon Best :-P

  • 8 check the toastie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I Hope Shola doesn’t start at the weekend, if he does we will get beat and Pardew should be sacked.

  • 9 mag // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    A new manager would be a step in the right direction.

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Check…That is all well and good, but for me, that team (for whatever reason) lacks goals apart from Remy and fingers crossed De Jong.

    For me, so much will depend on how he works out.

    Of all those midfielders, how many goals will they actually contribute?

    From what we know, if Remy is injured or say banned for 3 games, goals could be hard to come by.

    Oh well…at least we’re not starring relegation in the face.

  • 11 check the toastie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Artful, we have just got a striker LDJ and the biggest improvement that could be made to our team was the demotion of Shola, our team should function 100 times better without him.

    Hope Luke is decent and works hard, if he is a lazy forward he will be on his way.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Sign the Lambsta immediately Mike. Sack Mr. Puss Face. More to follow when I return.

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Oh yeah! I forgot Shola. Never you mind then check lad, all is okay :)

  • 14 asenski // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    check toast
    if that’s the price , would take it
    only to see pardew away from my club

  • 15 TheToonKing // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Interesting. This guys is a young, pacy winger, left one. We don’t have any of those.

  • 16 theartfuldodger // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM


    De Jong in.
    Remy out Shola out
    Cisse preferably out

  • 17 TheToonKing // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I’d quite like this signing.

  • 18 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Is it just me or does Adam Johnson have one of the most punchable faces in the PL ? .

  • 19 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Actually, has anyone thought of loaning Kagawa if we can’t get anyone?

  • 20 asenski // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    according to twitter we are about to make another bid for grenier

  • 21 mag // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Pardew has won only one of the last 6 derbies and will be the first manager since the 1920s to lose three in a row he is also statistically the worst manger Newcastle United have ever had over fifty matches.

  • 22 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    If we were really serious about replacing Cabaye we would have brought someone in before we sold him .

    Low balling Lyon for Grenier is just a red herring to make It look like we tried but couldn’t get them “over the line” .

    The fat puppet has it all figured out as he knows there will be 52,000 there on Saturday .

  • 23 wingspan // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM


    Tho the kid looks really good in that vid it also showcases some of the worst goalkeeping and defending ive ever seen! lol

    Looks like he has some talent tho.

  • 24 spitfire_ // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    We never have a “plan B” so this is probably untrue.

  • 25 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Why are these negotiations taking so long?Is Gareth Gates our interpreter?
    Maybe we have forgot to bring an interpreter and JFK is trying to get the deal done with gestures.

  • 26 asenski // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    yea that happens when the love of the supporters is beyond everything even that sh1tty owner who deserves to own a club from china or something like that

  • 27 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    F@ck plan b,what’s plan A?

  • 28 magpie6699 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    My mate from Ashington says it’s first-team players we need, not just Serbs! Baboom!

  • 29 JP...from The Rock // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    @ Toonking #17 – WOW! lol Impressive, all his goals are World Class. If this is our ‘cheap’ option compared to Grenier and Cabella, I would pick this guy over them in a heartbeat! Hopefully knowing Ashley he’s go for the cheapest option also and that’s this guy :)

    Amazing ball control at such a young age and you know he’s good in front of goal when you hear the Benfica manager moved him from CM to ST lol Looking at his touch and great finishing I would love to see him here.

    I prefer him to our other targets tbh, come on Pardew, Ashley and co bring him to The Toon!!

  • 30 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    That was a rhetorical question,not having a go spitfire,if it wasn’t a rhetorical question it was one of the “orical” words,i get mixed up.

  • 31 martoon // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    How come for Cabaye the PSG guy came over and had it all sorted in a day. We just seem to mess around for days until it is too late – absolutely no chance we can do a deal on the last day because we are just too incompetent!

  • 32 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I don’t think the club is bothered about bringing players in. De Jong is solely at this club because we have not paid out a transfer fee at this moment in time. We wouldn’t have him otherwise.

    We’re safe. Mike likes a gamble.

    We’re is our plan A-B-C that should be in place before we let a top player go? They have been advertising him for the past 2-3 windows?

    For me, just bringing in an up and coming cheap centre mid is not good enough (if we do). He should be as of the same ilk as Cababye and the plan should be rolling well and truly by now.

    The word “useless” springs to mind. Why don’t they learn from their past decisions?

  • 33 spitfire_ // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM


    Because they do the stuff professionally. They came for negotiations because they want him for real… Our negotiations looks like just to pleased the fans for a few days and for an alibi and excuses on 1st February. I bet Kinnear is somewhere in England… probably in some pub. And we only send faxes or whatever the send for one offer.

  • 34 nufcusa // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    There are some genuine plonkers chirping in on here these days. 8th in the league is secure. It’s not an achievement but an improvement on last year.

    The squad is solid and yes cabaye is gone but woopy doo. The player himself had said an agreement was in place to had we reneged on that then we would have an unhappy player spewing poison on a currently harmonious squad.

    A replacemt would be nice, but with a new fwd signed, remy can play wide and Ben Arfa, moussa and Anita fight it out for the 3 slots alongside and in front of tiote. Leaving Cisse and the off man from that list offering attacking options from the bench along with Shola, Sammy and whoever else we choose. It’s not all roses outside if the stariting 11 but it’s solid enough to see this season through and get 2 or 3 through the door in the summer and push out some dead weight we never use.

    We have signed 8 first team players, including 2 loans in the last 18 months. Sensible purchasing without rushing into knee jerk deals for mercenaries. Is it exciting? No. But the last 12 months we have been on an upward curve outside of the cups. We could be like Sunderland, signing 12 players in the summer, being bottom, sacking a manager, sign ungoing more players and then loaning the ones we only signed in the summer!!

    I know what model I would rather follow. Hot tinder the bigger picture people.

  • 35 spitfire_ // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    the send = they send

  • 36 martoon // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Spitfire – I think you are spot on – I would imagine Joe doesn’t know how to send an Email.

  • 37 Tiote4PM // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I like this dude a lot;

  • 38 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM


    I wish I could be as pleased as you are.

    For me, football is not just about sensible purchasing or (being safe). And two loan signings over two transfer windows is a disgrace for this football club. Especially on the back of a huge TV windfall. The 5 players who were brought in were players who should of been brought in the previous summer but Mike gambled as usual and we missed the window to progress.

    There should be a fine balance between being prudent with cash and being ambitious. This club keeps on showing there is absolutely no balance at all, it keeps on showing no ambition and poor planning. Supporters are up in arms and they have every right to be.

    Football clubs have to be ambitious otherwise what is the point? We have no ambition.

    You talk about the summer and bringing in players. Are you really that confident we will see new faces? Because going off the last few windows, it shows the complete opposite.

    We will see players leave though. We are great at that.

  • 39 ballerfan2 // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Can’t believe the amount of whining going on here. You all seem to have it figured out. Everything’s wrong. Aargh – you’re all like a bunch o’ wives – whinge whinge whinge. If we were in Man City’s position there would still be those of you moaning about something. I’m beginning to think those who call our fans deluded are right. There are at least 12 clubs who would love to be in our position just now and have our players in their squad. Get a grip and show a little pride in your club.

  • 40 ramajama // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM


    I agree with you mate, don’t get me wrong it hurts when we sell Cabaye and Carroll but that is just part of not being one of the top 5 – 10 clubs in the world. So much criticism that any Newcastle player has his price…that’s the same with almost any team outside of the top four in the prem.

    I absolutely agree that its so dam frustrating when the money doesnt get put back into players especially when we are only two-three quality players away from making big moves but we’re still in a good position. Things could be a hell of a lot worse.

    Don’t get me wrong, really want the lads back into Europe and I will be bloody fuming if we don’t sign a player before the window slams shut!

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