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Newcastle Target Helps Columbia To World Cup Win

7:22 pm, Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 95 Comments

One of Newcastle’s targets played the whole game for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Greece in Brazil today, and the commentator even mentioned that Newcastle were one of clubs interested in Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo.

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Victor Ibarbo – looked both powerful and skillful

One thing that was an obvious difference between the two sides today, was that Columbia were full of creativity, speed and flair – and Greece weren’t.

Once once Greece went behind after just 8 minutes it was always going to be difficult for the 2004 European Champions to get back into the game, as they find it very difficult to score goals – much like Newcastle this year.

Ibarbo looked a good player and he seems to be versatile too, and would appear to be comfortable even playing in central midfield from what we could tell, and he very rarely gave the ball away today – which is always the sign of a good player.

Cagliari will let their 24-year-old striker/winger leave this summer, and the price on his head doesn’t seem too bad – at £8M – although it’s debatable whether Newcastle will pay that much for him.

Victor is a big guy, and well built at 6″ 2¨ tall, and not unlike the build of Newcastle’s French star Moussa Sissoko, so his size and physical prowess will be well suited to the Premier League, and from what we saw of him today, he would seem to be a good signing for the club, if we can get him.

Certainly like most Colombians he has great skill and flair – and power too.

The 24 year-old was born in Tumaco, Colombia and he has 12 full caps for Columbia, and he started his career at Colombian club Atletico Nacional, and joined Cagliari in July of 2011 for just under £1M.

Ibarbo can play either on the wing or up front as a secondary striker, and while at Cagliari he has played 111 times for the Serie A club with 13 goals and 11 assists, so he has not been a prolific goalscorer in Italy, and last season he hit four goals with three assists in 30 Serie A games.

However, Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli are all said to also be interested in signing him, so if that’s true, we’ll be hard pressed to get this powerful lad to St. James’ Park.

Ibarbo however is keen to play in England, and at the end of last season Cagliari’s Sporting Director Nicola Salerno said this:

“There’s interest in Victor from England, and that will extend if he shines in Brazil. There are some inquiries for him from big teams.”

We assume Newcastle is one of the big teams after him, and we also assume Newcastle are watching this lad in Brazil.

Comments welcome.



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



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95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lost Plot // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Man Utd will be having a massive clear out to get rest of Dutch team plaing around Persie so expect Wellbeck n Rooney in Black & White!

  • 2 Belfast // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Looks ok, though Greece are awful, so hard to judge.

  • 3 croftus5678 // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    very avg player imo. we can do a lot better he looked ok against a very poor greece side but lets not forget this is a greece side that abied wont even be anywhere near there thinking so i wont get my hopes up on him either !

    pea all the way for me with gomis also then siem and cabella.

    fat lad wont let any of these happen though aslong as d day for his season tickets has passed now the transfers will die and we will get the excusses at the start of the season ^^

    hope i’m wrong mind you.

  • 4 Toon Tang // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Belfast, its mad looking back them actually winning the euros eh. Who’d a thunk it

  • 5 beermonkey // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    croftus

    abeid is Algerian not greek

  • 6 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Cavani seems to score loads of goals but looks bang average whenever I watch him . Strange ? .

  • 7 croftus5678 // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    @5 beer

    oops lol

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Case in point ;) .

  • 9 croftus5678 // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    @6 big papa

    hehe yep i see what you mean lol he’s been absolute rubish yet he’s scored a penalty.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    joel cambell is a good player we have been linked with but he doesnt look like he knows where to play ! in cm then wing then upfront lol we’d have been calling the hell outa pards for that saying he was played out of position lol.

  • 11 lesh // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    If Ashley had moved quickly, I’m sure we could have got Ibarbo for £8m or less.

    Not now though, his value will have increased quite a bit by now and moreso if Colombia progress.

    Maybe we should ask Tino to have a little word with him.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    i wonder if there will be any cockups in this World Cup with England with the goalies

    Now goalies watch the ball go over your head and through your legs and you might win

  • 13 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Game on ! .

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Better still put 2 goalies there tonight

  • 15 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    HA Ha .

  • 16 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    campbell looks dangerious

  • 17 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I don’t want us to sign Ibarbo. Ibarbos best is like when Sissoko is having a bad game.

  • 18 toonking // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    it was holland yesterday, now it’s costa rica, this world cup is just what we’ve needed and whilst the world cup is going, All i can say is fcuk the toon because i’m not interested in them or thestories, all i’m interested in is the world cup.

  • 19 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Must say I like this disolveable spray the ref’s are using at the world cups to stop walls moving forward and players moving the ball on set pieces.

    I hope it comes to the PL.

  • 20 Graeme // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    toonking @ 18 It makes a refreshing change to actually watch some flowing, attacking football, with emphasis on playing it on the floor.Hopefully P45DUE will be watching and learning what decent coaching can produce!!

  • 21 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I hope Nufc are watching this match and seeing Joel Campbell.

    He is showing all the right signs. Looking amazing.

    Get a bid in for him Arsenal don’t need him.

  • 22 toonking // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    the england team to play italy is-
    ____________hert
    johnson__jagielka_cahill_baines
    ____gerrard_____hnderson
    sterling____sturridge__rooney
    ______welbeck

    i don’t know the formation but i’m guessing it will be 4-2-3-1. welbeck is certainly playing and i’m annoyed of that, i hope he’s only being played while ox is out injured. i still don’t like the fact it means lallana is not playing.

  • 23 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    My word this guy is extraordinary pure class.

  • 24 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Whats up with Uruguay’s strip like ? .

    They look painted on or a couple sizes too small. Hope Puma don’t make our strips like that.

  • 25 croftus5678 // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    @19 big pappa

    it also doubles as pepper spray for when suarez goes to bite the ref.

  • 26 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    @ croftus

    :) .

  • 27 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Ho-le-sh*t … I actually can’t believe what I am seeing from this lad.

    Last WC the standout players where like Suarez and Tiote but this guy Joel Campbell is on a hole nother level.

  • 28 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Wish there was a Geordie in the England team as I find it hard to get behind them these days.

    I miss cheering on the likes of Shearer, Beardsley & Gazza. Closest we have these days is Caroll.

  • 29 Ancientcoptic // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    There was actually people on this blog slating Joel Campbell after we were linked with him… oh dear.

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    We might see an upset this year with one of the lesser nations taking home a major trophy.

    Last time that happened was with Greece winning the Euros in 04.

  • 31 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Bad tackle on Campbell there. Straight red.

  • 32 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Sore loser or what ?.

    Get to a World cup and do that, what an idiot.

  • 33 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Whats with all these teams going a goal down and coming back to win ? .

    Its the complete opposite of NUFC under Pardew.

  • 34 toonking // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    BPC
    the north east players seem to have bad luck at getting into the england team, carroll’s looks to have been ruined because of injury. saylor is another player, he was expected to be the next terry but then comes an injury and now he’s got no chance.

    when cappello was manager we wouldn’t even be expecting england players to join newcastle, bent was at sunderland and cappello said if any player wants to join england they had to leave the north east.

    basically it seems to be injurys or the fact newcastle and sunderland are in the north east.

  • 35 Toon Tang // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Fcuk me, arsenal have got some player on their hands in Campbell eh.

    Cracking game of foozbol

  • 36 Ben3arfa // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Charnley sign Campbell up NOW

  • 37 theartfuldodger // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Greece were more like Newcastle under Pardew…

  • 38 theartfuldodger // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Weel buy the Upper Quartile player…Worst of the best…Or the cheapest of them all…

  • 39 Toon Tang // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Lets hope we don’t see that Costa side but do see that Uruguay side. We will struggle against that type of attack defensively.

    Cooooooommeeeee ooonnn Eeenggglllaannnddddddddddddddddd

    Cant chuffin wait

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Can’t believe Wellbeck is stsrting for England.

    Sterling & Lalana have both had a season 10 times better than Wellbeck but he gets in the team. Total joke.

  • 41 lesh // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Campbell offered to NUFC in April!

    Wonder how much the Gooners’ll be looking for him now.

    After all, Wenger hasn’t bought many flops so the lad must have something going for him.

    Hey ho, another one missed.

  • 42 La Fée Verte // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Well Sterling is starting and I think it’s a good sign.

  • 43 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Strange team from Italy. Paletta and Darmian?

    And I don’t think Pirlo and Verratti will work defensively for them. Offensively it might though, so this it’s going to be interesting.

    I predict a lot of goals and Verratti will get at least a yellow card.

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I don’t worry about ballotelli.

  • 45 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Baines needs to up his game. Can’t see him doing it.

  • 46 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I feel Italy will be to strong for England tonight with Pirlo Marchiso Balotelli.

  • 47 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Can’t see gerrard doing it. Over-rated. Underperforms on the big stage.

  • 48 Shaker Shakrah // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    But Newcastle signed Colback !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 49 Shaker Shakrah // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I don’t want EXTRA defensive midfielder !!

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Hey kill it you mischievous leprachaun -score tonight St George and his men 3 – 1 Spaghetti Benders.

  • 51 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Great stage for sterling, sturridge and barkley. Time to step up.

  • 52 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Hey hey Mister tuff just saying I think the Italy team is very strong. No shame in getting beat by a good team ;)

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    kevy – if Gerard plays well -we should be ok -if Pirlo plays well we’re doomed.

  • 54 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    @Miseter tuff This is the type of game Barkley crys out for. How henderson is starting before him is beyond me.

    Barkley is better in every way.

  • 55 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Kevymartins is beaten before he starts.

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Kevy – I do not like Henderson -works hard without a final output – as I say that he nearly scores.

  • 57 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Anyone watching wor Beast Tiote at 2 in the morning?

  • 58 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    PUSH OUT ENGLAND! Six walking out of their box as if they’ve got all night. Kevymartins mentality.

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    You guys need a little more pace in there and conviction. It’s there you just need to use it!

  • 60 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Has nevilles granny died ffs?

  • 61 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Oh ho ho This is far more open than I though it would be. We have got a game on our hands.

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    And you just almost showed it :)

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Get gerrard and rooney off. They’re shite.

  • 64 manxpie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    great game so far apart from phil neville’s commentry can he say more than 4 words before taking an unneeded break?
    sounds like stephen hawking’s commentating!

  • 65 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    My mother could play like pirlo if they give her the same space.

  • 66 manxpie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    bugger!!!

  • 67 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    goallllllll yeaasaaaaaaaaa

  • 68 manxpie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    wat a move wat a goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 69 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    shitttttttttttttttt

  • 70 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Good game.

  • 71 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Gerrard’s a passenger. Get him off man.

  • 72 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Very good first half both teams deserve to get through the group stage…

    Barkley to come on for England and Insigne and Cercie for Italy

  • 73 La Fée Verte // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I think we’re looking good.

  • 74 welshgeordie9 // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    it’s been a good half for England and some of you are still moaning

    Dear me

  • 75 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    yea an italy to score at 2 nd half

  • 76 welshgeordie9 // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    England are only going to get better, and with the youngsters you’ve got will have a bright future

  • 77 toonking // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    well from what I’ve seen in the first half I take my words back. welbeck is not the one who shouldn’t be starting, rooney is the one who shouldn’t be starting as the only positive I’ve seen from him is the cross for that goal.

    this debate that goes on about the wide players and their use, well it sounds like baines himself either doesn’t like attacking football or the wide players do need to give the fullbacks a bit help sometimes. all I’ve heard from commentary in the whole of the first half is “baines is not happy with rooney”

  • 78 Kamikaze Koala // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Put roney (spelling kind of drunk) in the amc, sterling on the right, lallana on the left and bombard them!!! They are there for the taking

  • 79 toonking // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    sub at half time
    rooney off- lallana on.

    the trouble for rooney is he is best as either a striker or a CAM but not a wide player.
    the thing about striker and CAM is now we have got 2 new players for that position sturridge and sterling. sorry rooney you have to either start helping baines or just accept being dropped for lallana.

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    I thought the commentator was gary neville until I saw him jump off the bench. Is it michael owen? He’s dire. He’s got me nearly slashing my wrists. The trouble with england is that we respect reputations too much. We respect other nation’s too much and we respect the likes of gerrard and owen too much. Neither should be in brazil.

  • 81 manxpie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    haha i think gervais has had a few

    Ricky Gervais ?@rickygervais 1m
    Imagine what Phil Neville sounds like when he’s NOT off his head on cocaine. It’s shocking.

  • 82 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Wtf has gerrard brought to the game? Can’t tackle and can’t close down.

  • 83 kevymartins // Jun 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    @Blackley Did you see Phil neville? because that %100 sounds lke Gary neville and that his cat just died

  • 84 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Who is that commentator? Wtf?

  • 85 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Phil Neville sounds like he is commentating a snooker match FFS, so monotone and boring.

    Mind you its that or Lawro.

  • 86 kevymartins // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    @Blackley I seen Danny murphy around the pitch there it could be him?

  • 87 kevymartins // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    It’s bloody Phil Neville lol

  • 88 toonking // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    BPC
    still it’s better commentary than what we’ll get in our next two matches on ITV or we could be made to pay for world cup and allow sky to get the games.

    so
    BBC
    ITV
    or SKY

  • 89 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Kevymartins

    He sounds like michael owen on mogadon. Call the samaritans.

  • 90 toonking // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    or sky start showing them and we either subscribe or get laggy online TV streams

  • 91 manxpie // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    no one read my post then at 62! lol

  • 92 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    My favourite commentator is the main guy on ITV that does champions league games. Forgotten his name though.

  • 93 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    @ king

    The BBC & ITV have secured the rights up until 2022 but I think Sky will get the rights sooner or later. Its all about the money :(.

    Baines having a shocker.

  • 94 Kamikaze Koala // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Joe hart needs to fu*k off fast

  • 95 JAMSHA // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    PIRLO WAT A LEGEND




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