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Enrique Signs and Drago Decides on Monday

Sam Allardyce’s squad was strengthened over the weekend with the addition of two new defenders and midfielder Alan Smith.

Claudio Cacapa signed late on Friday night and Spain Under-21 left back Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz was at St James’ Park yesterday related to a reported £4M move from Villarreal to Newcastle which Sam expects him to complete today..

Jose sat in the Director’s box yesterday beside manager Sam Allardyce and Chairman Chris Mort – a classy touch.


Jose Enrique Signs                        Ivaca Dragutinovic Decides

Sam told Newcastle World last night:

“For me it’s been an excellent week as we signed three players on – the last one will be finished off tomorrow.”

“Jose Enrique I think will join us tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon by putting pen to paper”

“And with Claudio (Capacha) and Alan (Smith) before him we have added a lot of quality and potential.”

One more defensive target we have been linked with heavily is Serbian and Sevilla left-back Ivica Dragutinovic who seems set to decide where his future lies on Monday.

Magpies boss Sam Allardyce is understood to have offered the Sevilla defender a three-year deal and Dragutinovic (Drago) admitted earlier this week he did not want to reject the ‘financial opportunity of his life’, with Newcastle reportedly ready to almost triple his wages.

Recent reports in the Spanish press suggest Dragutinovic has still to fully decide if he wants to join a club that will not play European football this season. Sevilla of course have qualified for the UEFA Champions League and coach Juande Ramos has spoken to Dragutinovic about staying at the Spanish club and Ivaca could even be offered a new deal by Sevilla with a pay rise.

But Drago has also admitted “It really is very complicated to reject the chance to join Newcastle”. We translate this to mean it would be difficult for him to reject the chance that’s in front of him. The confusing thing here is that some reports are suggesting Ivaca has already turned down a new improved contact at Sevilla so these reports cannot all be correct (what’s new?).

But the good thing is that Enrique looks just about here and hopefully we’ll know about Drago before today is out.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • pratish

    Aug 6, 2007 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #1

    lets hope this …que is not unlucky too but i really wish both of them to succeed. cant wait for the first game…

  • Stephen

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Its good to see that we are getting in defenders and also bargains he aint going for the likes of curtis davis who is over rated in my opinion.Anyone know anything about Baines suppose to have had a bid accepted with everton but its gone all quiet

  • 9thJune

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s called the weekend 🙂

  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #4

    just read this on the most unreliable news source on the web (Tribal Football)….

    Despite the breakdown of Kieron Dyer’s move to West Ham, Sam Allardyce is happy with the way the Newcastle board do business.
    Allardyce: “Yeah relations are fine. They are listening, the process is pretty smooth now.

    “I compile a dossier, put together the information on a player and give it to Chris (Mort).

    “I then ask them to progress it. I’m talking to Chris once or twice a week at this stage, we all keep up to speed and we all know what’s happening and what direction we’re moving in.

    “We don’t want to miss a transfer by miscommunication. There is a lot of disruption by people trying to stop a transfer you’re trying to make happen. It was nice to do the Alan Smith deal in one day – it’s a miracle!

    “It’s a difficult period because we have so many balls in the air. Most fall by the wayside but I think it’s better to have more feelers out there. The more you have, the more success you will get.”

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    rich – it’s from yesterday’s Sunday Sun – I hadn’t seen that – but the way they moved last week you know something got smoothed out -pretty quickly really impressive – probably sorted out by Mort 😀

  • Jamie

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets hope this gets sorted today!!!! Im happier that Enrique was seen at St James, that in itself just rubber stamps his move. Lets hope we see Drago there asap!!!!!

  • paul p

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    what is this enrique like. has any one seen him play?? I have’nt to be fair. He has got to be better than babayaro!! Lets hope Drago signs today and we get cacapa, owen, emre fit, then we are ready to rock. Barton to return as well, lets hope we get off to a good start on saturday.

  • Neil W

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    There are always going to be ups and downs in the transfer market and this is not helped by saturation media that needs to fill space and so hence we get a flood of ‘stories’, very few of which end up having any substance.

    In the past this has not been helped by staff at SJP only too willing to talk to the press and undermine the club.

  • Dylan

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Where does Sam say we are getting Enrique today?, its not on the website(Newcastle World).

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Dylan – it’s all in an article in the Northern Echo where Allardyce is quoted


  • t-g-w

    Aug 6, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m a bit sceptical about the Enrique deal – I will be happy when it is done, but until I see it on nufc.co.uk then I’m on the edge of my seat. Just because h was at the Samp game doesn’t mean he has agreed personal terms and passed a medical. The situation does look good though. If we get Drago and Enrique I would be more than happy with our squad until Christmas, although we must remember it is hard to buy players in that window. If we were to add Diop and a RB I would be over the moon. Don’t care about what Dyer does either way, as long as respectable papers like the Daily Express stop saying that Martins is leaving.

  • Ian, Doha

    Aug 6, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Let’s hope that Drago joins us and we reach resolution regards Dyer. The Baines offer is a mystery, but a good English fullback will support defensively our team.

    Who else will BSA bring in, especially if Dyer is/when sold?

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Enrique by the end of the day, and hopefully Drago. Then what? A playmkaer and a RB like Geln Johnson 🙂

  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Glen Johnson is pap.

  • apan

    Aug 6, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    baines is not joinin gus so i guess drago is the one

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Good, never wanted baines

  • Ryan A

    Aug 6, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    hey ed, why dnt we go for mach richards from man city? he’s the best RB in his generation and very young and can play CB as well. If we have the money, why not go for him?

  • sam gardner

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    i agree go for micah

  • paul p

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    jose enrique has signed according to our friend alan oliver. am waiting for confirmation on nufc.co.uk.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #20

    paul – exactly – i mean he came over to sign so should not be any problem but Alan’s lost credibility with some of his stories. The unknown is whether Drago wants to come – hope so 😀

  • paul p

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21

    ed- lets hope so mate, because i am now really looking forward to the start of the season. if we get these 2 in, we have better quality in defence than we have ever had before, i am sure that we will be a hard team to break down, not like last season, where we would roll over in the 2nd half, wigan, fulham, charlton spring to mind.

  • Ashton

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    we don’t need drago he’s no’t good enogh and he is too old
    we have two L B right now baba and enreque
    and we have 4 CB rozy tylor cacapa ramage

    what we need is a soper star player maker like : deco , snijder , van der vart
    aquilani , requelme , digo , quaresma .

    c u

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Aquilani, hes not a star player next and your dumb saying Drago is to old and we dont need him. You ever seen Baba?

  • paul p

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    ASHTON – Drago is a quality player and its about time we had a decent pick of defenders to choose from, so i would sign him defo. we would then have cacapa, rozenhal, drago, enrique, carr, taylor, ramage, huntington, edgar. i would sell babayaro as he is no good. Got to say our defensive choices now are so much better than having moore, taylor, ramage, bramble, carr, babayaro and bernard.

  • magpie boy

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #25

    yeah baba aint good atleast drago is experienced n dis will be good for enrique,but we do need a playmaker.

  • Bosck

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    “a super star player maker”

    now that would be useful, lets see….

    well he’s have to have:

    Martins speed
    Ronaldinho/Ronaldo tricks
    Beckhams right foot
    Shearer’s eye for goal
    Henry’s left foot
    Keane’s tenacity
    Bobby Moore’s leadership

    any others??

  • paul p

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #27

    beardsleys vision, les ferdinand’s heading ability… with the above from bosck, we would have the complete footballer!!!!!!!

  • Keep Oba

    Aug 6, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Ashton…Drago too old? hes 31..and for a defender thats not too old….alot of people around here mention Hyppia and he will be 34 in october….It would be nice to have some world class type of defensive experience (like Drago’s and Serbia’s back 4 only giving up one goal in world cup qualifying…not saying hes in Nesta’s or Carvalho’s class…but he apparently knows how to get things done). You can say what you want…but the dude is not too old.

  • fred

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Gavrancic should be the brick of the back 4 we should get. He’s better equiped technically, leadership also as captain of Dynamo Kiev. A lot of european football every year and an ex-international. Roeder could have loan him in January.

  • Bosck

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30


    Enrique signed for definite!!!!!

    Nicknamed “The Bull” due to his combatitive style, awesome!!

    i somehow dont think there is any chance of us getting intimidated this season, our opposition however!!!

    Lets hope he can “be our hero”….

    …sorry but it had to be one…

    … i’ll be going now

  • Bosck

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

    ^^^^ one = done

  • Todd

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Sporting Life says in a pessimistic article that BSA is in Spain trying to talk Drago out of staying at his current club. We will see…


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