Sam has already said he may have to look outside of England to bring in new defenders to Newcastle.
As far as England is concerned Luke Young has now signed for Middlesbrough and Nicky Shorey and Leighton Baines must not be available for whatever reason sinceÂ Sam says there are no suitable and available English full-backs.
Sam doesn’t seem to want Fulham’s French full-back Franck Queudrue â€“ but wouldn’t he be a very good signing for us now â€“ given our dire position?Â He fits Sam’s description of the player he wants – tall and strong withÂ good premiership experience.
We take a look at four potential foreign full backs that seem available and investigate which ones may be Sam’s best bet to bring to Newcastle.
Newcastle Manager Sam Allardyce
Frantically searching for foreign defenders to bring to Newcastle
Cincinho â€“ Real Madrid
Brazilian Cicinho signed a five year contract with Real Madrid two years ago but Real are willing to allow him to move on. Cicinho is 5’8â€ tall and has played 16 times for Brazil since his debut in 2005 and scored 1 goal. His previous clubs before Real Madrid were Botafogo (27 appearances â€“ 3 goals), Athletico Mineiro (62 appearances â€“ 8 goals), Sao Paulo FC (90 appearances and 18 goals). CÃcero JoÃ£o de CÃ©zare, nicknamed Cicinho (born June 24, 1980 in PradÃ³polis, SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil), plays as a wingback or right-back. He is known for his combative tackling, darting runs and attacking play and has often been compared to Roberto Carlos, with his ability to attack. Not too sure of his transfer fee?
Jose Bosingwa – Porto
Porto’s right back Jose Bosingwa is thoughtÂ to be a Newcastle target although Aston Villa are strongly linked with Jose over the last week. He is said to be rated at around â‚¤3M. Bosingwa (born August 24, 1982 in Kinshasa, DR Congo) previously played for Boavista FC, Porto’s local rivals. He has played for Porto 79 times since 2003, scored 2 goals and stands 6’0â€ tall.
Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus
In July it was reported that Liverpool had made a Â£5M offer to Juventus for their young left back Giorgio Chiellini. Juventus are only prepared to sell the Italian U-21 captain for Â£7M. However only last week Sven Erikkson made a move for Chiellini and City seem prepared to pay the Â£7M transfer fee and almost have him wrapped up. He didn’t in truth look too good yesterday in the second half at St. James’ Park and certainly not worth Â£7M.Â If Sam wants this player he had better move very quickly – we thinkÂ Chiellini must be a lot better than he looked yesterday.
Greta Steinsson â€“ AZ Alkmaar
GrÃ©tar Rafn Steinsson (born January 9, 1982 in SiglufjÃ¶rÃ°ur) plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. He also plays regularly for the Iceland national team usually at right back but alsoÂ on the right wing. In July, AZ Alkmaar announced they had accepted a Â£2.3M bid from Middlesbrough for Jose.Â But after it was accepted Alkmaar amazingly then raised the price to Â£4M. Middlesbrough recently signed Luke Young so as far as we know nobody is currently after Greta. Asking price of Â£4M is too high.
There are four full-backs we know about – any if these worth going for? Who have we missed?
We’ll do a similar piece on center-backs later today or tomorrow.
Comments always welcome.