There have been newspaper reports over the weekend linking Barcelona players Deco and Belletti to Newcastle.
Certainly after the dour and lack-luster performance from Newcastle on Saturday, against a good looking Aston Villa side, some creativity is needed in midfield and Deco would help in that area.
Deco - would add some creativity in midfield if rumors are true
The News of the World reported yesterday that we will try to swap Emre for Deco plus Â£8M but we’re not sure if there’s much truth in that rumor. It certainly doesn’t look a good deal for Newcastle â€“ far too expensive for Deco who turns 30 next Monday.
Juliano Belletti – Â£2.5M fee and 3 year deal at Â£40K/week?
But we think there’s much more truth in the rumor linking us with Juliano Belletti.Â Diario Sport claims the Brazilian International will join Newcastle within the next 48 hours, for a fee of around Â£2.5M for the 31 year old. Belletti is said to have agreed a 3 year deal worth Â£40K per week at Newcastle.
We think that would be a good deal for Newcastle and at a reasonable price for a right-back who has loads of experience at the top â€“ and with Sam’s training methods will be good for a few years yet. Any move that was pending will probably be accelerated this week since it looked like our major defensive weakness on Saturday was at right-back.
Other news is that we will also be signing Abdoulaye Faye for Â£2M from Bolton early this week as he was again left out of the Bolton side that lost to Portsmouth on Saturday. Belletti and Faye will further strengthen our defense â€“ which got us the point on Saturday.
Once we get these two defenders in we hope Sam will go after a midfield player â€“ it doesn’t have to be Deco and we’re sure Sam has some players earmarked for creativity that could improve that side of our game. We should also remember that both Emre and Barton will provide some level of creativity when they return.
Apart from Riquelme, who are the other creative players that could do a job for us this season?
Comments very welcome.