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SEARCHING A REPLACEMENT FOR ?COLO’

29 Jul 2008
The exit of Fabricio Coloccini continues to be stuck. Newcastle United hasn’t made any new contact with Deportivo, while Lendoiro still firm in his position. However, the club already started to search for a replacement. Actually, coach Lotina used the long trip to Venezuela in order to watch videos of possible replacements.

No novelties in the case of Fabricio Coloccini. His agent, Marcelo Lombilla, announced he was leaving Spain, but some reports in the radio appoint that he hasn’t left yet the country.  At the same time nobody from Newcastle United has contacted the Galician club in order to soften the positions. President Lendoiro was asking for a meeting with the officials from the Premiership club, but there wasn’t any answer, apparently they prefer to negotiate through Lombilla.

Meanwhile, no advance is expected to occur within the next days, mainly because president Lendoiro could travel in the next hours in order to join the squad in its tour through Venezuela. The president delayed his trip in order to stay alert about any novelty related to Coloccini’s case, but he might suspend the trip in case of any communication from England. At the same time, Newcastle’s squad is traveling in order to play a friendly match in Mallorca.

The media in La Coru?a is convinced the deal is near to occur, especially since the main obstacle seems to be the method of payment offered by ?the Toons’. In case Newcastle’s €12 million proposition is accepted, it will be the fifth biggest selling operation in Deportivo’s history. Just behind the ones of Rivaldo (€24 million), Flavio Concei?ao (€24 million), Roy Makaay (€19 million) and Albert Luque (€14 million). This last one also made with Newcastle United.

Despite the operation seems to be blocked, the club is already searching for a replacement. Something admitted by the same Lotina before the travel to Venezuela, as he said to reporters in his way to the airport ?It seems the operation is going ahead and that means we would have to search for a player with the conditions of Coloccini. I am not talking about a player with the same level, there are some interesting things and we are taking some videos with us in order to study the options in the plane. On Saturday, when we knew there was an offer, we started to look for central defenders. We’ve a clear idea and we’re waiting for the confirmation in order to put a name over the table of the president?

What gave a clue about what Lotina wants was his description of the options he’s studying right now ?We’ve some players that we like and that can find a quick adaptation to Spanish football, because the ones that we like the most are not playing in Spain. There’s one that’s a left-footed player, other is right-footed and has played on the left in a line of three central defenders. ?

La Voz de Galicia reported on Tuesday that the right-footed option that has played on the left in non other than Sotirios Kyrgiakos (29). Greek player that has performed the last two seasons for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany. He ended his contract in June and is currently a free-agent, however it has been speculated that AEK Athens is interested in him and that this club is offering a salary of €1 million per season to the player.

According to La Voz, the left-footed player mentioned by Lotina is Jonathan Pablo Bottinelli (23). Argentinean defender that plays at San Lorenzo. Depor already followed the defender in the past summer and he possesses an EU-passport. The problem with him is that he will need an adaptation process; also that Depor will need to pay for his services. Actually on Friday it was informed by Argentinean sportpaper Ol? that Panathinaikos is offering €4 million for the 50% of his rights, the other half of the player’s rights belongs to a private corporation.

Meanwhile, other sources are mentioning different names. For example Marca is appointing to Efstathios Tavlaridis (28) as the main option for Lotina. The Greek played before at Arsenal, Portsmouth and Lille OSC, he signed a three-year contract with Saint-Etienne during the past season. Other source, Deporte Campe??n (DxT), mentioned the name of Marko Basa (25) from Le Mans. He is half-Montenegrin from his father's side, while he’s mother is a Serb from Trstenik. He has played with Le Mans since the year 2005 and already completed 88 matches in Ligue 1. Other option mentioned by DxT is S?bastien Puygrenier (28), but the French was recently signed by FC Zenit.

Other name is coming from Argentina. Radio La Red informed that Deportivo has been asking for Diego Daniel Colotto, Argentinean central  defender that has been playing for Atlas de Guadalajara since 2007. Colotto won the U-20 FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 2001. He possesses an Italian passport and according to some reports in Mexico, his transfer has been valued in $4 million (€2.57 million).

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