Newcastle Again Linked With International Forward

Newcastle were reported to be interested in 22 year-old Bordeaux forward Diego Rolan in the summer, so it’s not too surprising that Newcastle are being linked again with the forward as the January transfer window is about to open tomorrow.

After all we seem to be linked with almost every other player.

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Diego Rolan – Newcastle linked again with Bordeaux forward

Rolan has scored 4 goals in 19 total appearances for Bordeaux this season, but he is also a versatile player who can play on either wing or as an out-and-out striker – or as a number 10.

He joined Bordeaux in the summer of 2013 from Montevideo club Defensor Sporting and he has played 95 times for the French club with 22 goals and 11 assists since then.

West Brom are also said to be interested in the player as a possible replacement for 22 year-old England striker Saido Berahino – in case he leaves the club for Spurs next month.

Rolan’s biggest strength seems to be his versatility, but he can score goals and he’s a good footballer who made his debut for Uruguay back in September of last year in friendly win against Japan in Sapporo.

He’s played for Uruguay 15 times in total since then with four goals and Graham Carr has been watching the Uruguayan international regularly this season in France.

Rolan also seems to be a favorite of the Newcastle Chief Scout – and that’s one good reason he could be arriving on Tyneside next month.

It seems if these transfer reports are true then Newcastle will continue to bring in younger, cheaper but untried players from abroad – a transfer policy that hasn’t worked too well since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

That’s only eight and a half years ago – why does it seem so much longer than that?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Get Charlie Boy.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2


  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Carr needs to be banned from france.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Keep it simple stupid.

    Austin and / or




    A keeper

  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #5

    One Alan shearer

    Would prefer a quick striker like Berahino

  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Andre Gray I think would be good in the prem, top goal scorer in the championship at the moment and very quick

  • toon kk

    Dec 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Will he have good sell on value, that will be the big question.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 31, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Just like to wish Ed and the blog a very happy and prosperous new year.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Endless links with….
    never will bes;
    squad players;
    second stringers;
    bargain basement hopefuls;
    money grubbers;
    stepping stoners;
    second level internationals in 3rd level sides

    will not help us to get another 23+ points in the next 19 games or win us the FA Cup.

    Fingers crossed folks we get better than that…

  • gazzaforever

    Dec 31, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Gouffran wasn’t enough? Carr never learns. Rolan is shet.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster Mag- Lol yeah I agree his fetish has been going on for too long.

  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #12


  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #13


    If I may just add to your new year greeting a wish that everyone – posters, Ed and his sons, the most tolerant Mrs Ed – our wishes for a healthy new year too.

    All the best 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 31, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14


    Goes without saying mate.

    Hope you have a good one too.

    Let’s hope all NUFC fan’s get what they really want this new year.

  • Magpie Season

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Happy New Year everyone. Haven’t been consistently posting for a while.

    How is expat doing?

    Anyway, I just read Real Madrid are eyeing up Ben Arfa:

  • Magpie Season

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #16

    I also needed some help with something.

    Right now we are 10/11 ($1.90) NOT TO BE RELEGATED.

    It’s not because of my love for the club that I think we have no chance of being relegated but I just simply think we won’t.

    I wanted to put a $1,000 stake on us, but don’t know if I should wait after the Arsenal game or place it beforehand. If we lose to Arsenal the odds will be greater but we have a habit of getting suprise wins against big teams.

    What do you think?

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Yohann Gouffran

  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #18


    Another enigma, another Ben Arfa

  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I was referring to Jinky, not Rolan

  • SUTTY1978

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Rolan’s biggest strength seems to be his versatility

    This is the biggest problem with a lot of the players we buy. It’s not a strength, it’s a weakness. If you were awesome in one position you wouldn’t be drafted in to fill in for whoever is injured/out of form, you would have nailed down a starting spot in your premier position.
    It’s not so bad if you are very young and playing for a top top team in a great league but when you’re playing for a nothing club in a two bit league it shows that he’s pretty shit.

  • manxpie

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #21

    How about scouting a player that plays in a certain position at only that position like maybe a winger who can take people on and cross the ball!!!
    Stupid I know but I can’t help it

  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Just like to wish you all the best for the new year guy’s. And hopefully a more prosperous new year for the Toon.

    Its the 1st tomorrow and lets hope there is no messing in the transfer market as we can ill afford it this time.

    Once again lads all the best for 2016

  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Only one more sleep before our new signings are announced !

    Happy New Year to one and all when it arrives

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Happy new year to everyone in Newcastle.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Jimmy Smith was my first favorite player at Newcastle. I was seven at the time, and had a wee toon top with his name and number on the back. I’d be less enamoured now for sure, but like Ben Arfa he was a football god on his day, and had a bit of a nasty streak too, which I still like in a player.

  • martoon

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Happy New Year to all on the blog 🙂

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Happy New Year everyone. On a personal note 2015 was a fantastic year. Football wise, it’s been an absolute nightmare.
    Welcome 2016.

  • manxpie

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Happy New year bloggers and Belfast
    let’s hope for a better one than last

  • clinath@ed

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Best wishes to you all for 2016. Thanks to Ed for the blog and my fellow bloggers for keeping us all entertained. Just need the club/team we all deserve.

  • AncientC

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Happy New Year to the Toon Army – and our brother, Michael Ferry.


  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Ha Ha what a sad bunch of losers on a blog at this time ha oh….wait..

    Dung Hey Fat Gay or whatever they say over there.

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #32


    Aye, a helluva player but such an irritating one. Brilliant one minute and frustrating as hell the next.

    But in the eyes of the fans, he could do nowt wrong – it was always the player he played the ball to who was in the wrong place!!

    As I said, in the fans eyes another Ben Arfa.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 1, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Haapy New Year to all Toon supporters.

    I reckon a couple of early signings – Wally Brolly Blusterman had the publicised meeting with “The Board” about 4 -5 weeks ago to discuss transfers.
    You would (perhaps should) assume that various scenarios were discussed and that a “rescue plan” involving decent signings was formed. Even to the extent that if the run in to the window was really bad – solutions to that scenario were also discussed.
    Obviously players/agent/clubs can be spoken to outside the window so you would hope that Penfold has been busy – so signatures can be obtained pretty quick.
    Failure to get this all set up would be criminal negligence bearing in mind our league position.
    So I’m hoping for a minimum of 2 high quality players and a couple of lesser quality players – none of this “they’re for the development squad” mullarkey.
    Here’s hoping that knacker Penfold does not disappoint us.

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #34

    We sign only French players or black players so he is a possibility. But he is probably crap. Happy New Year all. Relegation beckons. Its only what we deserve.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 1, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Happy New Year Senor Tuff 🙂 that ain’t gonna happen!


    Jan 1, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #36

    happy new year and hope this year is better then the last in all ways…..good luck to all and especially the toon….been a pleasure to be part of a great blog


    Jan 1, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #37

    oh aye….just for shits and giggles a mackem in my local tonight reckons sunderland have signed loic remy on loan and offered townsend 90 grand a week to join….make of that what u will!!!!lol

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #38


    Remy’s injured mate & so is Falcao. Chelsea have no cover. Unless they buy another striker I don’t see Remy leaving. You would think he cares about his France Euro hopes but would happily take the money instead.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #39

    I don’t see us buying a centre back.

    Mike Williamson & Steven Taylor both coming back within next week.

    What we need, & everyone seems to have overlooked, is another holding midfielder because he always plays with 2. We have insufficient cover.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #40

    Happy New Year everyone!


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