There’s Truth In Newcastle’s Interest In Uruguayan International


There have been reports that Aston Villa are targeting Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan as a replacement for Belgium Christian Benteke, who has been sold to Liverpool for a massive £32.5M.

But Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud has dismissed those reports, but interestingly enough, has said Newcastle United are interested in the 22 year-old Uruguayan striker and have made an enquiry.

diego rolan

Diego Rolan – Newcastle have made enquiry

Rolan has played 6 times for the full Uruguayan National side and Triaud has said Newcastle’s interest in the striker is real:

“There has been contact with Newcastle, but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries.”  “With Newcastle, I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest.”

“I’ve never heard talk of Aston Villa,” “They have never contacted us directly nor indirectly, via any agent, at the time of speaking.”

Rolan apparently is keen to try his luck in the Premier League.

He’s been at Bordeaux now for over two years, after joining them from Montevideo club Defensor Sporting in early 2013.

Last season he scored 16 goals in 38 appearances for the French club,

He made his debut for Uruguay in September 2014, in the friendly against Japan in Sapporo and in May of this year Rolan was included in Uruguay’s squad for the 2015 Copa America.

He was assigned the number 9 shirt, usually worn by the suspended Luis Suarez of Barcelona, and formerly of Liverpool.

In his two seasons at Bordeaux he’s played 74 games with 18 goals and 9 assists.

The player stands 5’10” tall and has speed, but Rolan is also young and could be a very decent acquisition for Newcastle.

He was reported  to be offered to Newcastle a couple of months ago as it seems Bordeaux would like to sell him this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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87 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    where’s the big commanding centre back

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  • ronjohno

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    QPR Manager says Austin will only move to Spurs or Chelsea.

    Time to leave this one now surely and move on.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    You’re right JT – a solid CB has to be our main objective now, followed by a LB. Anything else is great, but those 2 positions need some quality!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I would have thought Austin would have used that loop hole where he could buy his way out of the QPR contract when in the last year. Far more attractive as a free agent and of course NUFC have history with this ploy.

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  • BandB

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes, this player please.
    Even if we sell to buy him.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe And Blackley – On your earlier comments regarding Sissoko. He had a poor season and at times appeared to either lack motivation or was too hot headed. I am thinking of the L’pool away game. We need more depth in the squad and Sissoko has so much more to offer.
    To date he has flattered to deceive, in that we won his first two games in a toon shirt and he was outstanding. January 2013 signing – at Villa and at home to Chelsea . The latter was the game where Demba Ba headed Coloccini’s boot. Moussaka was outstanding and scored twice. He lost his way under a clueless Carver but SM can manage the so called big players. He could excell with 2016 Euro in mind. We need a big squad with more quality.
    He is versatile- in a holding DM position but he is not disciplined enough for me and lacks concentration in a covering role. I would prefer Colback or Anita. His best role is as an attacking midfielder.
    He has so much more to offer and I would like him to show it in a Newcastle shirt.

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Does the order of the signings indicate the priorities of positions to be filled or is there more to it.

    For example are some signings more difficult/unlikely the longer they are allowed to drag on whereas others are more safely left until the ones that otherwise might get away are sewn up?

    The one(s) under the radar McClaren refers to might I suppose include say a Shawcross rather than a high profile forward/midfielder?

    Who of us knows but as I said earlier I am getting a little bit more relaxed as the window progresses so am remaining positive.

    having said that have been around long enough not to think there could be a sting in the tail but fingers crossed and Rome can’t be rebuilt in one transfer window but at least let’s get the foundations all laid.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    If this guy cn also play on the wings then he would be a good signing.

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  • the broons

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Yep I agree with the previous comments, another real big strong commanding centre back along with mbemba.

    Honestly if we did that I would be happy with our business if that was the last of it, of course I think we could strengthen in a number of positions but we have to remain realistic and remember that we to get the priorities sorted first.

    As for the vacant right winger, am hoping cabella and even obertan could still come into their own this season and possibly nail down a starting place. Aarons has to start on the left.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Rolan is quick and will make the opposition defense sit back slightly deeper, there by increasing the space to play the ball through the midfield. IMO playing one or two of Cisse/Mitrovic/Rolan will offer fantastic opportunity for substitions, combinations and Cup runs. Butwe also still need a central defender and possibly a better left back.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    I think we’ve pretty much all thought Austin was going to end up at a London club haven’t we? Ronjohno is right – let’s move on. Aleksander the Great is our new no.9 anyway. If we want to strengthen up forward a wide right sided player should surely be a priority. How much more time do we want to waste on Obertan? Sissoko is not suited to that position especially well either. I’m not sure who would be the best fit but there has to be options, surely, given that the purse-strings seem to have been loosened.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    I would agree a deal for Fer then ask Tottenham at least twice that amount for Sissoko.

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Ian Toon

    Sissoko was poor under Carver (when he was most needed and lacked basic self motivation) but also regularly went missing under Pardew as well.

    Coaching and formations isn’t simply the answer to this and my worry is that he just can’t be consistent regardless of the opposition and there is a need for better players to rise above the dross around them at times. That feature may be what prevents his move to a top 4 club here.

    As for an attacking midfield role I don’t think he has the touch to excel in a quick passing side but will be pleased to be proved wrong. He is not commanding enough on the ball or in the air given his build and that may be another area one on one coaching can develop in him. He was one of the players that initially excited me in the Jan bonanza a few seasons ago but has largely disappointed unless he is apparently putting him self on show.

    End of season report reads must ( and can) do better.

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  • BandB

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Rome wasn’t be built in a day.
    But we should have momentum in the transfer market at the moment (especially if we can get Mbemba over the line) and this could be the best chance we will ever get to pitch for Rolan, who ticks a lot of boxes.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Or if McClaren prefer a winger or creative midfielder then same process.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Afternoon all, surprised at the amount of fans wanting rid of sissoko, I agree he’s not ever hit the heights of that chelsea game but he’s far better than Remy Cabella who for some reason most want to give another chance after a more unproductive season than Sammy Ameobi.

    We need to keep the squad strong and competitive but if someone needs to go get rid of Cabella, Sissoko at least can carry the ball and commit defenders

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #17

    BandB

    Never certain whether or not sarcasm reigns with you. In my case probably 🙂

    But what is interesting of late is that dialogue is revolving around who and also what position we should be after as a priority.

    In this virtual world as with real “in the pub” discussions and as BobbyBee said a day or so ago ( quite vehemently) we hold what we feel are valid opinions. That is all they are but they are after all what makes conversation on football dynamic and involving.

    Long may it reign.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Not all that keen on Rolan:

    Rolan vs Chile video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rshEoKh-psI

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  • davetoon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Sissoko and other players who lost their way last season will improve with better coaching but more importantly competition for places.

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Our Toon

    Don’t necessarily “want rid” but he needs to fit in a new side and improve his consistency and attitude.

    We would be in the driving seat with his transfer as it would be on our terms and hopefully if it went ahead would be for more than an improved bank balance but for the progress of the team.

    Not my decision but for once I am open minded but it all depends on the outcome – simply balancing the books wouldn’t be good enough a reason in my view.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #21

    magscar- I agree with your report and your overall findings. It was simply because he offered so much at the beginning that I believe with the right sort of coaching influence he can achieve so much more. There are times when I have thought he had the touch of an elephant but this is a question of confidence or the lack of it. His surging runs were not a figment of our imagination and watching him in a French shirt he is the type of player who likes a higher tempo game.
    It is pre season and a time for optimism. I will keep the faith because nothing annoys a fan more than seeing an ex do well somewhere else.
    I am still talking about football.

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  • Macas

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    This kid looked dreadful in the one youtube clip I saw of him that someone posted on here a while back

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  • Macas

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Think it’s the clip Sazzer just posted, he look 10 times worse than Sissoko

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #24

    would like to see shawcross here, if theres any truth to that… but agreed, we need to hold on to sissoko, and build up, not selling and coming up short at the line, like so many previous seasons…

    im actually very optimistic about this season thus far, still work to be done, but its been a very nice change, to see quality signings rather than what we can project to make down the road…

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Our Toon
    I think people rate Sissoko higher than Cabella but if bid of 18 m £ or more comes in for him then it is certainly worth considering.

    We might even be able to replace him with 2 proven PL in Mirallas and Fer as for that amount.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Magscar

    Agreed he needs to fit in but there are plenty of others I’d flog before lookin to get rid of Sissoko.

    Having said that….If we do get rid of him and he was replaced by a Shakiri type player then I wouldn’t mind

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Ok I can’t hold it any longer… The surprise signing is Alexandre Pato…

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Ian Toon

    Your last point would also be my fear. Recent departures certainly haven’t found the grass greener elsewhere but there will come a time…

    My main disappointment with him that given his athleticism, power and the fact he is a current international yet in a struggling team couldn’t bring more than he did. Contrast his performances with say Perez. I am sure coaching might help and perhaps Steve Black’s role in particular but I believe that the best players have strong self motivation.

    Who knows recent purchases and competition in key areas with good coaching might be the catalyst for a rebirth of the awaited Viera/Toure we once thought we had.

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  • BandB

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    I was only thinking that Rolan has scored 16 goals in 38 games, when we still don’t have a lot of goals in the squad.
    But hey! If he looks crap on a YouTube clip, sod him!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Sazzer

    The 2 players you mention have been accused throughout there career of inconsistency. Mirallas looks good in patches but far to often he goes missing and after fighting Baines for the penalty last season which he went on to miss and they drew the game he’s someone I wouldn’t want here.

    Fer is someone I’ve liked previously but he spends a good chunk out injured, he’s also been in England for 2 years and got relegated twice jury is still out on him for me. 18m for Sissoko is alot of money but I’d rather see us bring in a winger before we consider selling him

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  • Ashleys Purse Padlock

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    They had David Brassell (French Sports writer) on Talksp0rt a couple of weeks back when we were first linked to Rolan, he said do not touch with a barge pole, trouble maker of the highest order

    Hello Blog BTW 🙂

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon

    There in lies the dilemma we might want rid BUT do others want to buy ( at our price ), do players want to go to those interested in them and do players contracts let them sit tight on good money ( as I referred to a day or so ago).

    Added problem with Obertran, Rivierre and Cabella would be that a return to France ( ost likely destination?) would probably involve not only drop in wages but net salary as well given tax differences there and here on high earners.

    There will be movement but for once (refreshingly) are we trying to get positions filled before seeking to move out players once McClaren and team have made their minds upon what he wants?

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Great chat but have to nip out for a while

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #34

    http://www.transfermarkt.com/newcastle-united/vertragsende/verein/762

    very nice..we’ll get rid off dead wood soon..only aarons to sign a new deal 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Magscar

    Spot on mate regarding clearing out some of these players, not sure if the higher tax rate in France is still at 75% which is a massive obstacle

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #36

    I know some Bordeaux supporters and they don’t want Rolan to leave. So he can’t be that bad.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron Knee

    i dont know much about rolan…but for 13 mio pounds..im sure we can do better.. this might be smokescreen.. to show wba and berahino, we have other targets.. who knows 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #38

    http://www.tsmplug.com/football/newcastle-united-players-salaries-2014/

    is this for real?

    goufrann – 55k/week
    obertan – 40k/week
    marveaux -60k/week

    ??

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #39

    @Nighfall…. Jesus, worryingly that could be true. Obertan was probably on big wages at Utd and the other two were both essentially free signings meaning they knew they could command bigger wages. All three need to be shipped out if that is accurate.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #40

    i would hate to start the new season with the 3 stooges in contention for 1 of our cb places the most important signing this window will be a commanding / vocal centre back ………how can we see it and not the club

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