Date: 30th January 2008 at 10:29am
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Confirmation comes from Setenta Sports News that Alvaro is set to undertake a medical at the club and hopefully sign for us after completing the formalities and sorting out cash wrangles with Levante. A three-year contract awaits the centre back, who still has a few cash issues to resolve with his present employers but is looking forward to a pre-deadline switch.

‘I will pass the medical tests today and, if everything goes well, I will sign my new contract with Newcastle. I am very pleased with the opportunity to play in England. At other times, offers from The Premier League came up but were never finalised. Newcastle are an historic club and I am going to work to help them do everything they can. I know that they are not doing well in the table but, in both the last two years, I have been fighting with Levante to stay up so I am used to battling.’