August 6, 2007 / 6:37 PM / 12 years ago

Soccer-Roundup-Newcastle sign Villarreal full-back Enrique

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world:

* Newcastle United have acquired a new left-back in the Spanish Under-21 international Jose Enrique. The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League club, who confirmed the 9.3 million euros ($12.86 million) transfer on their Web site ( on Monday.

Enrique is the seventh new face to arrive at Newcastle this close season following Sam Allardyce’s appointment as manager.

The young Spaniard said he was impressed by Allardyce’s plans for the club. “I believe very much in the manager at Newcastle United and I believe they are going to be one of the top teams,” he said.

* Partizan Belgrade have signed Serbia Under-21 winger Zoran Tosic from first division rivals Banat Zrenjanin in a four-year deal, the club announced on their Web site (

“I have come to the right club to improve as a player and my objective is to work hard in order to prove my worth here. I am absolutely delighted with the move,” said the 20-year-old.

* Xerez have signed Liverpool reserve-team defender Miki Roque on loan for the coming season, the Spanish second division side said on their Web site (

* Former AC Milan and Sampdoria goalkeeper Angelo Pagotto faces a life ban for testing positive for cocaine for the second time, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Monday.

The 33-year-old failed a drugs test in April after playing for Crotone against La Spezia in the Italian second division, Serie B.

CONI, Italian sport’s governing body, has asked the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) to give Pagotto the maximum punishment for repeating an offence he first committed in 1999 when has was a Perugia player.

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