Newcastle To Sign Edmilson in Next Few Days?

Newcastle are back in Barcelona trying to tie up the deal for Brazilian International Edmilson – who has already agreed in principle to join Newcastle. As we have already discussed Edmilson has been troubled by a right knee injury for over a year.

Newcastle have had their own medical team examine Edmilson’s injury report and the Newcastle medical team are now sure the player will be completely fit in November.

Certainly that would have been one of the tasks coming out of last week’s meeting and they have once again sent off a contingent to Barcelona – this time to cement the deal.



Newcastle were initially told last week that they’d have to pay ₤3M for the Brazilian whose contract runs out next June. Since Edmilson has agreed he will not be fully fit until November the news today is that Newcastle may arrange to take Edmilson in the January transfer window and pay Barcelona ₤2M or less for the Brazilian. On the face of it that looks like an interesting deal – because Edmilson will not be able to play in any case until late in the year – once he gets match fit. It will also ensure Newcastle have some flexibility should Edmislon’s injury prove to be more serious than first thought.

It also appears that all the stuff that was in the press about Edmilson’s wage demands was a little unfounded. It turns out that he is already on ₤80K/week at the Nou Camp – and wants that wage to be met at Newcastle. That’s not unreasonable since we will have to pay the going rates if we indeed are to challenge for the Premiership within the next few years.

It was also revealed in the Evening Chronicle last week that Sam Allardyce had met with Edmilson and his wife in Barcelona and was very impressed with Edmilson as a person. He is a devout Christian, does not drink, and is very keen to do well at Newcastle. There’s no doubt Sam has taken that as a big positive and we are convinced Sam will tie up the deal for the Brazilian very shortly. Whether he gets him now or on January 1st is fairly irrelevant – but we hope we can sign Edmilson to a Newcastle contract in the next couple of days.

The other purpose of Newcastle’s trip is to hold further discussions over a move for Eidur Gudjohnsen. But it is being reported that Allardyce will only sign him if either Obefami Martins or Michael Owen leave the club. It seems to us that unless something happens quickly on the Owen or Martins front – Gudjohnsen will not be available for too long – and we’ll not have the luxury of waiting until August on a decision on Gudjohnsen. That’s why we believe Sam next week must decide with our two strikers whether they are staying at the club or going.

Barcelona want ₤8M for Eidur – but Newcastle are reportedly thinking more in the ₤6M range.

Comments on this article welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Bob

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Edmilson would be a good signing but £80,000 a week is a hefty wage, espeially for somebody unproven in the premiership. Also i think you should re read the last line.

  • Robert-from Serbia

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Come on Big Sam,u can do it !!!

  • Tommy Toon

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    We took a gamble with Martins, we also took a gamble injury wise with Owen. Gudjohnsen wouldn’t be a gamble he’s already proven. My message to Sam “GO GET THE ICEMAN” and get rid of one of the other two.

  • carl

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    i think sam will sign gudjohnsen anyway,hes versitile and could maybe be filling sholas place?imagine owen,viduka,martins and gudjohnsen????? that would be us set for the coming years with a world class strike force.and should need no more money spent.that would allow allardyce to concentrate the remaining transfer budget on other areas. i also think their will be a few surprises for us as if sam is to meet ashleys ambitions hes guna have to buy big. bring on next season

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Bob – thanks – Newcastle are reportedly thinking around 6M for Eidur.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Carl – that may be true – but Shola deserves a chance – after 2 years with that hip injury – we think he may be a pleasant surprise next season. But certainly a number of Newcastle fans don’t take to him and don’t rate him.

  • cooldj

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    oh.okay.interesting…explain please!

    “Barcelona want ₤8M for Eidur – but Newcastle are reportedly thinking more in the ₤8M range.”

  • cooldj

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    okay got it now…my page refreshed and i see the 6m above… no worries and either value would be a good deal in my books

  • G

    Jul 1, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Why not pass on signing Edmilson and paying him 80k a week and sign a younger good defender like curtis davis or royston drenthe and put the extra 40k a week from paying him less wages towards the larger transfer fee

  • nightfall

    Jul 1, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    we don’t need any of them…

  • Graham

    Jul 1, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Edmilson is the kind of player Allardyce and Ashley will need to bring in over the short term in order to increase the clubs international appeal. In all fairness we’re not gonna be able to sign the Torres’s and Henry’s of this world until we can prove that we can compete in european football (prefereblly Champ League) on a regular basis. Edmilson is hoping to be the Brazil captain for the next world cup – when was the last time we had a world cup winner / captain at our club to increase shirt sales? I for one hope he signs!

  • Graham

    Jul 1, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh, and Owen out Iceman in!

  • Craig

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Edmilson – yes. But not for £80,000 a week.

    Gudjohnsen – yes. Sign him at whatever price. He’s top class.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    cooldj – it’s one of the many mistakes i seem to keep making – but it’s corrected. I was alerted by the end of Bob’s first comment above – too many fingers.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    G – see your point – but then you don’t get the experience at the back. Edmilson’s played and won world cup finals – and played at the very highest levels – you cannot get that level of experience in the younger players – however good. You get what you pay for. That’s not to say we shouldn’t buy a young player like Davies – but he wouldn’t get many games. Steven Taylor has to be a starter next year i would think.

  • StevieA

    Jul 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Buying established athletic and gifted international players can only improve the team as a whole. We need winners in the team and Barton, Viduka, Edmilson, Rozenhal, Geremi, and Owen to name just a few all have that mentality.

    It’s something we have lacked which is very rare in young players. Taylor oozes this quality and he will only improve over the years. The team looks positive already on paper and with a few more established internationals we should be one of the better teams in the league again. We have a good spine now which has been missing for a long time, we can now build around that spine of quality players and it should take us forward.


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