Barcelona could offload strikers Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was linked with Newcastle United during the summer, and Santiago Ezquerro, a reported target for Everton and Bolton.
They could well be offloaded in January, since they seem surplus to requirements at Barcelona, and we think Eidur would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
We also think Edmilson will be brought to Newcastle from Barcelona, and the deal may already have been struck by the club.
Brazilian International Edmilson - too good a deal for Sam not to take?
Gudjohnsen can play striker up front, or out wide in a 4-3-3 formation. He can also play midfield and scores goals. Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Beguiristain has suggested that signing Gudjohnsen and Ezquerro may have even been a mistake, since the Spanish giantsâ€™ youngsters of the caliber of Giovani Dos Santos and Bojan Krkic have come along more quickly than they had expected.
Beguiristain told RAC 1:
“There will always be mistakes because you have to have the players who are numbers 21, 22 and 23 in the squad.â€
â€œAs such, Beguiristain feels a solution to satisfy both parties â€“ club and players who want regular football â€“ is in the offing.â€
“Gudjohnsen believes that he still has a chance here, but at the moment the coaches are giving more time to Giovani and Bojan.â€
“If Ezquerro and Gudjohnsen are not given playing time then we will have to look for a situation that suits everyone.â€
“What is clear is that if there is an offer then first of all we will have to talk to the player. I know that Ezquerro is thinking about playing abroad.”
Newcastle will likely do some business in January with Barcelona for their 42 cap Brazilian 6â€™ 1â€ center-back Edmilson – his full name is JosÃ© EdmÃlson Gomes de Moraes – what a contrast to a simple English name like Alan Smith
We believe Big Sam can pick up Edmilson for a small fee, since his contract runs out at Barcelona in June. Sam has already met with the Brazilian and his wife, who were said to be very impressed with the big man and his plans for Newcastle.
We think Newcastle may have already struck a deal with the Catalan club for him, and the only doubt will be his knee injury, which should have cleared up by January. No doubt Sam will have it checked out before any deal is finalized.
Eidur Gudjohnsen - a proven Premiership player up front or in midfield
Sam also met with Barcelona for Gudjohnsen in January and donâ€™t be surprised if Sam does a double deal with the Spanish club. Sam had Gudjohnsen at Bolton before Eidur made it big at Chelsea and he is an acknowledged admirer of Big Sam’s capabilities. The quality of both players will be a welcome addition to the squad in January and can help the Magpies push further up the league through May.
What do you think – comments always welcome.