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Newcastle seal Coloccini transfer

Fabricio Coloccini
Coloccini is an experienced player

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini on a five-year deal.

Deportivo have claimed the final fee for the 26-year-old Argentine, who played in all La Liga games last season, could rise to 10.3m.

Coloccini joins Danny Guthrie and Jonas Gutierrez as new summer signings made by Magpies manager Kevin Keegan.

The powerful Coloccini started his career at Boca Juniors before switching to Italian side AC Milan.

606: DEBATE

He failed to make an impact at the San Siro outfit and was loaned to Argentine side San Lorenzo and Spanish clubs Alaves, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal before moving to Deportivo during the 2005 January transfer window.

Coloccini helped Deportivo to ninth place in La Liga last season but was keen to make the move to Tyneside.

He was part of the Argentina squad for the 2006 World Cup and started the quarter-final as his country lost to hosts Germany on penalties.


see also
Man Utd v Newcastle
14 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Lawro's Premier League guide
12 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Keegan targets three new signings
06 Aug 08 |  Newcastle
Barton admits to violent conduct
13 Aug 08 |  Newcastle
FA charges Barton over Dabo clash
31 Jul 08 |  Newcastle
Bassong agrees to Magpies switch
31 Jul 08 |  Newcastle


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