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Newcastle After Top Uruguayan Striker

There is some news today that both Arsenal and Newcastle United are after Napoli’s Edinson Cavani.

Edinson Cavani – El Matador in Italy

The 24 year-old Uruguayan striker, who has Italian descent, seems to be in great demand from both Premier league clubs.

He has significant presence on the pitch, and for this the Italians have nicknamed him El Matador, and he seems to be able to score the goals.

You would have thought that Arsene would be doing something about the brittle Arsenal defense, which has cost them many important goals this season, including the embarrassment of giving Birmingham a goal in the last minute of the Carling Cup.

Arsenal shockingly lost the Carling Cup a few weeks back to Birmingham, who are now 2nd bottom of the Premier League, and could well be relegated this season.

But of course the same thing could be said about Newcastle’s defense, which is not great, and they leaked four bad goals to Stoke last Saturday, in a shocking 4-0 loss.

It seems that Arsenal will need to fight off both Newcastle and Manchester City for the striker, who has 29 goals in 40 appearances for Napoli since joining them on loan from Palermo last year.

The 6′ tall striker has played 29 times for Uruguay with 8 goals and started his career in Uruguay with the Danubio club, and of course he was part of the very successful Uruguay side, who famously reached the semi finals of the FIFA World Cup last summer, before going out 3-2 to Holland.

After playing there 30 times with 9 goals for his first club, he joined Palermo in Sicily, in 2007, and played 117 times for the Italian club with 37 goals, and moved to Napoli on loan last summer.

He has so far played a total of 185 club appearances in his career, and has 76 goals.

Newcastle could be after this player in the summer, but only if they are still a Premier League club come May 22nd.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    1st. ohlala thats exciting

  • Drona

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    lol no chance of getting him. he’s top class and wanted by ‘bigger’ clubs

  • Sinner

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    No truth in that story. 🙁

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Nah ! too rich for our blood, were looking at free agents in the second division.

  • arcarius

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    lol NO CHANCE!

    he was OK in palermo, but has found his form this season with napoli

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Edinson Cavani – El Matador. What’s the point? He’d just try to skewer El Toro.

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I brought this player up a few weeks ago and everyone shot me down… If we end up signing him everyone owes me ten pounds and a bag of skittles !!

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Not in a million years. rubbish paper talk

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    we should get ibisevic. good header and finisher as well. 10m?

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    that would be my top targets in summer

  • Partizan

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Robert Levandovski from Dortmund is a good shout….6 mill is more than enough

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #12

    agree on lewandowski:)

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I can smell BS alright, but I don’t think its ‘El Matador’.

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    no chance, doesnt he already have a 20 mil price tag?

  • atom

    Mar 21, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Even if this was realistic (which it is not) this would be horrible value for the money. Cavani is never going to have more value then he does right now. Let City have these type of players and give me the Tiote’s all day long- young, hungry, talented, and a good investment for the club both on the pitch and in terms of investment.

  • dougski

    Mar 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    If you knew anything about football you can look to about a month ago on sky sports and the chairman said they don’t need to sell any players ie him or hamsik and only a ludicrous offer of over 50mill euros would they consider so ED I would really delete this story as it is one of the most pathetic transfer stories ever. Like I said sky sports will have the chairman story there somewhere as he’s near top scorer and scored again yesterday an scored a hat trick against juve last month

  • branunited

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #17

    good player, but, it seems that their price is set at 30 million (i am not sure about that) and if so would a lot of money for one player.
    what saying? (i am mexican, sorry for my english).
    i like these player, are good, youngs and future.

    LUUK DE JONG. (10 goals in 26 games, for twente , 1 goal in champions league and 3 in uefa europa league; 20 years old, 1.90 cm price 2.5 million)

    MARCUS BERG (24 years old,1.85 cm hamburgo on loan in psv)
    ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (22 years old, borussia dortmund)
    André Schürrle ( 20 years old, mainz)
    MARTIN HARNIK(23 years old,1.85 cm is stiker,
    winger and attacking midfielder, stuttgart)
    MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (21 years old, 1.92 cm is winger or striker, werder bremen)

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh no! Tiote suspended for two games! :(:(:(:(:(

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    The best striker I think we could hope for in the summer, is D. Bent, if it prevails that we survive and Villa go down, big IF. There’s the Pardew link, coupled with a vacant no9 shirt too.

    Sounds farfetched now, but in a couple of months he could be a real target. Say £15m all the above taken into account?

  • youngtoonfan

    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    i know we wouldn’t get all of these, so i’m going to be realistic. I’d like to see AT LEAST ONE of these at newcastle in the summer:

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #21

    ha, ha ha, ha. Let’s be honest, Ameobi’s got more chance of getting pregnant than us getting this guy!
    Oh and Taiwo said that his dream club and number one destination is AC Milan.

  • sticklebricks

    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Too expensive for me! Wouldnt want to see us spending more than 10M on anyone player. Anyone more than this and they are likely to be at the peak of their career so their resale value is only going to go down and we aren’t going to have the funds to bring in many other players

    Alan, I’ve done your shopping list:

    Out: ~ 5M and ~ 255K Wages
    Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Campbell, Kuqi, Xisco, Ireland

    In ~ 34M and 240K Wages
    Elmander, Larrsson, M’Bengue, Rodallega, Zapata, Wickham, Gervihno

    RB: S.Taylor/Simpson/Zapata/R.Taylor
    CBs: Colochinni/Zapata/S.Taylor/Williamson
    LB: Enrique/ M’Bengue/Zapata/Ferguson

    LW: Jonas/Gervihno/Ferguson/Gosling
    DM: Tiote/Guthrie/Gosling
    AM: Barton/Nolan/Arfa/Gosling/Vuckic
    RW: Arfa/Gervihno/Barton/Larrson

    ST: Rodallega/Elmander/Ameobi
    ST: Wickham/Ranger/Best

    Loans Out: Krul, Tavernier, Richardson, Best, Airey, Vuckic, Richardson, Donaldson

    Possible Line-Ups:


  • TinoToon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #23

    I´m Colombian Fan, and i just logged to say that Rodallega is rubbish… dont even mention him for my beloved NUFC

  • howay man

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #24


    Perch £1____________Alderweireld £6
    Ameobi £1___________Wolfswinkel£ 16
    Lovenkrands £0________Gervinho £10
    Kuqi £0______________Elmander £0
    Campbell £0___________Hubnik £2
    Smith £1_____________Jones £0
    Xisco £1_____________Gera £0
    Routledge £2__________Larsson £0
    ___________________Marveux £0
    ____________________Taiwo £0
    ___________________Matuidi £6
    ___________________Amini £1


  • PoolieToon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Cavani, yeh and we have been linked with Messi as well. I think it’s more likely to be a striker already in the PL maybe with the purchase of Gervinho to partner them.

  • Jezza

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26

    The linking of Newcastle with this player is nothing other than a pathetically pitiful publicity stunt by the FCB to try and sell his 10 year season tickets. More fool anybody who thinks there is any more to it than that.

    This summer Newcastle will be selling not spending. The FCB will be looking to double the £35 million he got for Carroll by selling the likes Nolan, Barton, Enrique, Tiote, Steven Taylor, Guitierrez and Colloccini.

    The yardstick for new signings has been set by the “capture” of Shefki Kuqi direct from the football scrapheap. So expect a few more duffers, crocks and rejects at a total cost of “no capital outlay” and you won’t be disappointed.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Ed less talk of possible transfer targets when

    1- We’re still not safe
    2- We’ve been linked to everybody and their dog already.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed what I would like to see here are more cheerful articles like the one on how we could possibly jump Sunderland in the table 😀

    I personally need to be cheered up after witnessing the crap our team did against Stoke. With Best injured, Tiote suspended and Ireland, Gosling and Ben Arfa still nowhere to be seen and the lower teams hitting winning streaks, these are worrying times indeed.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #29

    There is no way he is going to join us…

  • Solaidback

    Mar 22, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #30

    And we wonder why other fans say we’re deluded…… just re-read some fo what you muppets have posted here…. get s grip will you, we’re a bottom half team who’ve just been promoted & have no european games to offer & you seriously think we’re going to get players like this & Alderweireld, Wolfswinkel, Bent etc …

    Yet we have no idea how much Pardew is getting this summer but 1 poor sole has already spent £42m on players, half of who no one’s heard of before…. stop dreaming will yer for frak sake….


  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #31

    The headline should read:
    Newcastle Blog Editor writes deluded headline after reading pile of shite on Internet page.
    And thats about the entire size of this pile of utter shite. We have got more chance of signing Messi than paying over £NIL for anyone this summer.
    Ed, please do not build a discussion page based upon utter pants reporting. If you are so stick for something to do, why not paint the fence or something………..
    Edinson Cavalli to Newcastle? Anyone willing to place a bet? Didnt think so. Lets get real, we are not in the frame for anyone looking to improve. No Europe (possibly no PL) no ambition, no quality management.
    Elmander YES
    Wickham YES

    Graeme Carr: Please please please come up trumps.

  • repo

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #32

    no chance the money we got for carroll will be for the wage bill next season as we are going down.

    so he has covered it by selling carroll to fund the wage bill for the fizzy pop league..

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #33

    If we do go down, it wont be such good business then will it? Without goals, you dont win games. dont win games, get no points. get no points, get relegated. Simples.


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