Newcastle To Bid For Long-Term Serbian International Target

Newcastle United were interested in signing Benfica and Serbian International attacking midfielder Filip Duricic eighteen months ago, and there were reports at that time that we had a €10M (£7M) offer for him rejected by the Portuguese club.

It seems that once Graham Carr has done his thorough scouting of a player, he doesn’t forget players – so it may not be too much of a surprise that we are reported to be interested in signing the 23 year-old, who has played 22 times for Serbia with 4 goals.

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Filip Duricic – Serbian International attacking midfielder

In February of this year, Duricic was loaned out to Premier League side Southampton until the end of the season, and he played 9 times for the Saints.

ESPN are reporting they believe Newcastle are interested in the 6ft midfielder, and are considering bidding for the player, who is a long term target.

Eighteen months ago his agent Ulisses Santos admitted Newcastle were indeed interested in signing the player, and he said this to One World Sports:

“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.”

Filip is a technically talented midfielder who likes to attack, but he’s found it hard to get games at Benfica since he signed on for €6M two years ago on a five year contract, after spending three seasons at Dutch club Heerenveen.

At Heerenveen he played 111 times with 26 goals and 28 assists, but at Benfica he has made only 22 appearances with 2 goals and 2 assists and is finding it hard to get games.

He was loaned out to Mainz for the season in July of last year – with the option of  making the move permanent for €12.5M (£8.7M), but the option wasn’t taken up.

It would not be surprising if we tried to bring the Serbian International to Tyneside, and maybe Filip is one of the ones under the radar screen, that head coach Steve McClaren has talked about recently.

It’s obvious that he has no future at Benfica – and he would probably cost around £8M – that’s an estimate.

If Filip is signed by Newcastle, we would then have two young Serbian Internationals, having already signed 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht for around £12.5M.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Noel Worst

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1


    In lieu of no available, affordable, PL experienced CB, Van Dijk is our man. Powerful, quick, supremely classy on the ball, CL experience and already in close proximity. Being Dutch will help too playing alongside Janmaat and Krul.

    £10m for Celtic’s best defender, playmaker, ST and set-piece-taker ?

    Only snag is we’ll have to wait until the latter days of the window, as it’s widely regarded he has an agreement with Celtic to help them qualify for CL before leaving.

  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #2

    no more midfielders please…

  • nut meg

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    WOW…11 games 26 goals & 22 assists,what are we waiting for…lol

  • nut meg

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    HA HA …Ed edited his article.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Why would we be interested in him?

  • Liono

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Dont see the point. Even if the guy has potential, he’s hardly going to walk into the team ahead of who we have already.

  • Graeme

    Jul 28, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    If he can play at CB and do a better job than Willo, Saylor then sure, sign him up. Why are we looking for yet another midfielder when our defence leaks like a fishing net???

  • Mitrogoal

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s focus on Austin, a CB (in addition to Mbemba) and perhaps a full back.
    Still concerns me who’s gonna provide the service for our target man Mitrovic. Our best crosser atm is Janmaat.

  • Derek

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    We wont sign him, this is just another link to add to the 100+ players we been linked with so far this window.

    Just shows there has been no Newcastle news for a few days so the media have to dig up some more fresh BS

  • Sivarese

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    He can’t get in the Benfica team, and Mainz didn’t want him – can’t see it happening for that kind of money.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I reckon there’s still some wear left in Checky T – Shirt – at least another season’s worth.

    It would be a big mistake if we do not make at least three more top additions, including Austin, now that we’ve got a little momentum in the market. It’s worrying that we’re not getting the deadwood out the door to make room and free up some funds. I can’t believe how patient Sir Braveheart is.

  • Derek

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12


    I would prefer number one focus is another CB, followed by RW with good crossing ability. Austin is not that important for me unless of course Cisse is sold. Full back is only required as a backup, so hopefully Dummett and Anita can do that job until January, unless Ashley really can sign 3 more this window then go for it

  • jayphoto

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    A dutch speaking Serb? He coming in as Mitrovic’s translator?
    I thought he played out wide when I saw him at Southampton? Don’t remember him doing much of note positive or negative though didn’t see much of him!
    I’d imagine hes available on a loan with the option to buy deal as he was during loans at Mainz and Southampton so would probably be fairly low risk

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I am really worried about the start of this season; yes we have signed some great players where as only one has had time to adapt!

    In the bigger picture nothing crucial has really been addressed!

  • jayphoto

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    If we are still hoping to sign a forward, I hope Carr has caught sight of Jesus Corona whilst he’s been camped out in the Netherlands! He’s be an absolute cult hero here similar to Nobby Solano. Great personality, gets people off their chairs too!

  • Sazzer

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Djuricic have had couple of tough years but for the right price he’s worth a gamble.

  • Derek

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #17

    me too Jesper.

    a proven CB signing with EPL experience would greatly ease that worry, but even then an average mid table finish would be all we can hope for really

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #18

    I can’t see Austin happening. 1. He doesn’t seem interested. 2. We’ve spent 10m+ on Mitrovic- I doubt we’ll be buying another striker.

    I’ve no idea if things have actually changed in terms of transfer ambition or if they’ve just realised how weak our squad was last year and are desperate not to be relegated this year especially.

    I imagine Mbemba and one more at about ~5m to come in. Maybe a cheapish French midfielder.

    If there’s one thing we’ve learnt Ashley (because lets face it, he still sets the tone) won’t spend on it’s squad depth. “You can’t play more than 11 players, so why waste money on more?”.

    1 defender, 1 mid, 1 striker. It’ll probably be it.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    McLaren is building a “buddy” system – in the same way that Ryder Cup team pairings were often like with like e.g.. Spaniard with Spaniard, Scot with Scot etc

    So another Serbian to be buddies with Mitrovic – makes sense.
    The Dutch compliment is strong and adding Van Dijk makes a lot of sense and strengthens the back four and keeper communication situation.
    We also have a group of French players who will feel at home together.
    Taylor and Colback is the Geordie nation pairing.

    It all make senses.

  • Mitrogoal

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #20


    Agree with you in many ways regarding Cisse/Austin. If McClaren plans to play with only one striker, then 15M for Austin would be badly spent cash. If he wants to play 4-4-2 I believe we finally will get to see the best of Cisse as a partner for Mitrovic. I’ve just watched Austin’s 18 goals on Youtube and he is too much class to let go. The question is also where Siem de Jong fits in a 4-4-2. He is a Christian Eriksen/Fabregas type who I believe would suit the no. 10-role behind Mitrovic, but that would force us to play in f.ex. a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1.
    My conclusion is that we will never get to see de Jong, Cisse and Mitro at the pitch at the same time unless one of them are placed out wide. Wijnaldum and Colback will cover CM and Aarons/Cabella/Goofy/Obertan will challenge for the wide positions.

  • Mitrogoal

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    *Forgot Sissoko

  • davis_toons

    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    He guy is young and is a RAW Talent. is a wonder kid..there’s sell on value..forget about Austin


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