The Daily Mail reports that Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini is on the verge of signing for Newcastle, according to the player’s agent Marcelo Lombilla.
Reports in Spain suggest Coloccini has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League side, who are said to have made a Ã‚Â£7.8 million bid for the Argentina defender.
Lombilla met with club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro again last night to negotiate a move after Depor slapped a 14 million euro price-tag on Coloccini’s head.
Tottenham are also said to have thrown their hat into the ring, but Lombilla claims he knows nothing about any rival bid.
“The only offer I am dealing with is that of Newcastle,” Lombilla told Spanish sports daily AS. “Which is the one that I brought about.”
Depor were set to leave for a pre-season tour of Venezuela today but Coloccini was not included in the travelling party.
However according to a report on Skysports.com, Lombilla said Deportiva have turned down an offer in the region of 11 million euros (Ã‚Â£8.7million) for Coloccini and is unhappy with the club’s president.
It was reported that Lombilla told La Voz de Galicia: “We must finish this part of the negotiations.
“I do not understand the attitude of Deportivo. Coloccini is disappointed.”
Reports in Spain suggest Depor want 12 million euros (Ã‚Â£9.5million) for Coloccini, while there are rumours that he could look to invoke a Fifa ruling which would allow him to buy out his contract.
Coloccini, naturally a centre-half but capable of playing at full-back, has made nearly 100 appearances in his three and a half years at the Riazor, and coach Miguel Angel Lotina knows it will be a blow to lose the 26-year old.
“If Coloccini goes it will be the great disappointment of the summer,” he told Marca. “He is a tremendous footballer for what he gives on the pitch and in the dressing room.Ã¢â‚¬Â
[Source: Skysports.com/Daily Mail]
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