It’s very obvious now that Newcastle must recruit a right-back before the transfer window expires in 12 days time.
Stephen Carr is too slow and can be roasted too easily by a speedy winger.
Here are 4 right backs we could go after in the remaining twelve days of the transfer window – and any one of them could do a job at Newcastle.
Stephen Carr – time is probably up at Newcastle
The four players are Juliano Belletti of Barcelona, Phil Neville of Everton, Jose Bosingwa of FC Porto and Cicinho of Real Madrid.
Juliano Belletti - Barcelona
Sam Allardyce is said to be confident Newcastle can attract Belletti to the club. The Brazilian has class and experience and at 31 years-old is not that old for a Sam Allardyce signing. There is new news today in the News of the World suggesting Sam is still after Belletti. The reported fee of â‚¤3M seems high for a 31 year-old but we think Sam has tracked Belletti for some time. Sam certainly has an excellent record of attracting great players for very reasonable fees and we think Belletti would add class to Newcastle’s back line. We think it’s possible to get Juliano for around â‚¤2.5M and he would be a good buy for us. He has been capped 23 times for Brazil and has appeared 71 times for Barcelona over the last two seasons.
Phil Neville - Everton
There are reports that Sam may be after Phil Neville, the Everton captain and former Manchester United player. A bid of Â£4M has been mentioned in the press – but we don’t know if Sam will still do that deal, if he can attract Belletti to the club. We think it would be difficult to attract Neville club since he is doing well at Everton, is captain and not sure why he would want to move to Newcastle. Phil played 263 times for Manchester United and so far 75 times for Everton. He has played for England 56 times.
Jose Bosingwa – FC Porto
Porto’s right back Jose Bosingwa is also said to be a target for Newcastle although Aston Villa are now strongly linked with the player. A few weeks ago Jose was rated at â‚¤3M â€“ but reports today suggest Villa have already bid â‚¤6M for the player. If that’s true he’s far too expensive.
JosÃ© Bosingwa da Silva (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. The 23-year-old Portugal international can operate in midfield or at right-back .
Cicinho â€“ Real Madrid
Brazilian Cicinho signed a five year contract with Real Madrid two years ago but Real seem willing to allow him to move on. Cicinho is 5â€²8â€ tall and has played 16 times for Brazil since his debut in 2005 and scored 1 goal. 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 what his transfer fee would be.
There is also news today that Leroy Rosenior, Fulham may also be available. Lawrie Sanchez is said to be ready to listen to offers. Leroy may be too expensive for what you get and maybe one of the foreign players would be abtter buy.
Let us know what you think.
Who should Sam sign? – comments always very welcome.