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Newcastle To Sign Czech International Winger?

7:54 am, Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that sources have said Newcastle are interested in 22 year-old Czech Republic International left winger Ladislav Krejci.

Krejci joined his home town club Sparta Prague back in 2008 and last season he played 37 times for them with 7 goals and 6 assists.

ladislav krejci

Ladislav Krejci – 22 year-old Czech International winger

He’s played for all the Czech Youth sides from U16 through U21 and has 13 full capos for his country with two goals.

Krejci is currently in the Czech Republic representing the hosts in the European U21 Championships. and he started the first game in Group A against Denmark on Wednesday which they lost 2-1. and Krejci was substituted after 76 minutes.

The Czech Republic play their second group game tomorrow against Serbia., and as a side note England lost their first game yesterday in Group B 1-0 against Portugal.

The lad turns 23 early next month and has played 146 games for Sparta Prague with 29 goals and 26 assists and would cost around £4M if Newcastle do bring him to Tyneside this summer.

This is the first transfer window we seem to have been interested in the player since we have nothing in our archives about Krejci.

The left footed player made his debut for Prague back in 2010, and he has a contract that still has two years to run in the Czech Republic.

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is currently a coach at Sparta Prague, so maybe the lead for Newcastle came from Pavel?

There was a meeting of Newcastle’s new Board of Directors earlier this week when Steve McClaren and others discussed various things including transfers.

So we would expect (hope) Newcastle will be moving aggressively for some of our targets and they could include Ladislav.

Players return for pre-season training in about two weeks time.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    “Behind the scenes we are working very, very hard to make sure we are ready for the new season”

    Thanks shteve. That’s good to know. I’m suddenly filled with happiness that all this work is taking place. Overjoyed in fact. Tell us again, where’s your staff?

    Pretty sure that’s been the standard line of every manager who’s worked for the slug come the summer transfer window. Fcuking guff. Again.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Ashley Out.

  • 3 Ron Knee // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    “Players return for pre-season training in about two weeks time.”
    But will there be a coaching staff in place by then?

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    I have a feeling that the over the line and assessing what we have in the building wont be accepted so readily this time round.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Jail (from last thread)

    I’d say Gosling and Colback’s clubs just felt jilted because they spent a lot of time bringing their obvious potential through from a young age, then didn’t get their wad at the end. Nothing more. Happens in every club at one time or another. Don’t think its anything to do with their personal attitude myself. And as usual, we’re not in the know as to how the clubs treated the situation behind the scenes with the players.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I apologise for using those two as an example when I don’t know the full circumstances.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    That is my worry with Van Dijk. He is barely tested in the Scottish league defensively, and it is easier to look comfortable on the ball when you dominate a lot of your games. As for Vuckic, he has ability, no doubt about that, I think the slower tempo in Scotland suited him better.

    Whether he could become a part of McClaren’s set up, I’m not sure yet. He should have been given a chance as our number 10 with De Jong out last season in my opinion. He has barely had a chance, mainly due to injuries, but if he can stay fit he is surely worth giving a chance, and having a look at through pre season.

  • 8 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:06 AM


    Certainly hope not but the perennial swallowers of guff will lap it up, no doubt regailing us with tales of its too expensive and we can’t compete so should just accept it and support what he’s trying to do.

  • 9 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Can I just say something

    It seems so blindingly obvious it should not have to be said , however here goes.

    Everyone acknowledges that SM has not even met the players yet , that starts happening on Monday.
    Why on earth should the club be thinking about transfers (IN or OUT) when he has not even taken a training session yet.
    Before the window closes the club has a friendly against the Heed , a mini tour of the USA , then , friendlies against York , Sheffield Utd , and Borrussia Moenchengladbach ,then, 4 Premier League games.That is quite a raft of games to assess our playing needs and requirements.

    Comparing us to Swansea or Liverpool and their transfers is just silly. Both have incumbent managers (Garry Monk has been at Swansea as player ,captain ,and manager for 11 years) ,who have probably known since the Spring what they require .

    SM has been here 5 minutes , get real everyone.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I think Everton felt particularly hard done by, as they had supported Gosling through injuries and had a verbal contract agreement with him.

    Mind you, they half inched Gosling from Plymouth for a pittance, and in the end it was Plymouth who were really hard done by. Everton got around £4million from the tribunal for Gosling, whereas Plymouth, who would have been owed money had he been ‘sold’ received nothing due to the player running down his contract.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    How about West Ham, or Southampton last season then?

  • 12 sing in the corner // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    I’m hoping we are grafting on at least one upgrade centre half signing as first priority. Struggling to suggest too many names from those deemed available like. I used to rate Dawson but he bombed last season and he’s knoocking on a bit now.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    I think it’s clear for all too see, apart from you obviously, what we require player wise. Why does it take shteve to tell them what he needs when it’s been abundantly clear for 4 seasons now.

    Do one you twat.

  • 14 Mr Magpie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Van Dijk’s positioning at times is questionable but nothing you wouldn’t expect a good coach to eradicate from his game.

    He is big, strong, good in the air & can play the ball out from the back.

    He also played champions league with Celtic without looking out of his depth & would instantly become our best cb!

  • 15 sing in the corner // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    I wonder if Lubo can be introduced to the 1st team sometime soon? Anyone seen much of the reserves at the back end of last season?

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Is it also not blindingly obvious as well though, the guff we have been expected to swallow for the last two years about our targets being well scouted for a lengthy period and the head coach not having the final say is really true, then we wouldn’t need a “head coach” or manager to decide that we are and have been for some time now, desperate for a commanding CB.

  • 17 geordie157 // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    If we actually scoutedthis player which I doubt then we would have watched Vaclav kadlec who was back there on loan. Two seasons ago I thought he’d become The next big star.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Ashley Out !

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Wouldn’t it be a tragic irony if they really were sincere about it being time to bolt the horse to the cart ??? but after eight years of calamitous neglect and greed nobody wanted to come here.

  • 20 biznizmen // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    I am from Czech Republic and hope that this is bullshit. This player has only 6 great months about a year ago. Since then, he plays absolutely horrible. His price right now could be £2M maximum. It will be no improvement from Sammy Ameobi.

  • 21 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    West Ham – Sam always knows a circle of players he can call on in a hurry.

    Southampton – didn’t have much choice most of their good players ran off to Liverpool etc.

    On van Dijk I see de Boer is telling him to stay at the bhoys for CL games where he has more chance of getting picked for the Oranjees.

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Err, West Ham are now managed by Bilic who has already made signings. Sam had been there a while before last summer.

    Saints still had players left though to assess. Just as we do. It is fairly clear we are goal shy and have a leaky, ageing and injury prone defence. Only the midfield really could pass for waiting until you have seen the players.

    Saying that we need to wait to see the players before transfers would mean waiting until the season is virtually upon us. Players need time to adjust to training, get back to fitness, competitive games are very different from early pre season friendlies.

    If you decide to bring in new players then the team will not have had time to work together and you will be ill prepared for the opening games, where we have a tough run. Not to mention that targets that may have been ideal will either be unavailable, already sold, or have a higher premium because clubs need to factor in getting a replacement.

  • 23 musomag // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM


    Somebody please kill me, I can’t bear not being able to stop supporting NUFC

  • 24 stockas // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    What sources say they met to discuss transfers??!! That’s a canny leap made there.

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