Newcastle Target Edmilson In Demand

Newcastle United January target Edmilson of Brazil says he will not be signing a new contract at Barcelona, when his current one expires in June.

The Brazilian international center-back moved to Camp Nou in 2004 and helped them to UEFA Champions League glory in 2006.

However, Edmilson has been dogged by a knee injury which he is currently recovering from and is not expected to return to fitness until later this year, the end of November at the earliest.


Edmilson – recovering from knee surgery in Brazil

The 31-year-old who has been capped 42 times by his country was targeted by both AC Milan and Newcastle during the summer and we think that Sam may have already tied up a deal for the Brazilian in January, as long as he is fully fit then.

But the player himself seems set on regaining his fitness first and foremost. This is what he said today while in Brazil getting fit:

“I am training hard to get physically fit and will be until the end of my contract,” “Personally I know that this is my last season at Barcelona. I want to be able to play again without feeling pain.”

“I couldn’t show the best of me last year but now I am a little bit better. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to repeat yet at Barcelona the good performance that I had at Lyon.”

“Before the season began, I was approached by the people from Milan – there was a possibility but my knee was not good,”

We’ll just have to see how Sam plays this one but the big man has already met with the Brazilian and his wife, who were said to be impressed that Sam had made the journey out to Spain to personally discuss a move with them. Edmilson was also reported to be impressed both by Big Sam and his plans for Newcastle.

We hope we see Edmilson on Tyneside in early January, but becasue Edmilson is a top player available for a small fee their will be competition. The Brazilian international can play center back and defensive midfield, and is also tipped to be the Brazilian captain for the next world cup.

What do you think? Let us know – comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Oct 18, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    It would be good if we got him on board although not crucial. And we are going up against Milan so it’s gonna be tough.

  • Alex Brett

    Oct 18, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Edmilson would be a great Coup, he is versatile and will benefit and adapt quicker with Cacapa already at the club. A year ago I was not as optomistic as I am now, can you beleive we may have a Brazilian Heart at the Back???
    I know Brazilians are not regarded as the best defensively but Cacapa looks quality and Edmilson looks like he will be their new Captain!!!

    Howay The Lads!!!

  • yemozone

    Oct 18, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Good signing

  • nightfall

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    we don’t need him… we have faye, cacapa, rozehnal, taylor as CB…and if necessary geremi can also play as CB… so…why?? waste of money and space… all we need is another LB and AMR…krol and quaresma maybe?
    it’s the same with gudjohnsen…we have martins, viduka, owen, shola, carroll, smith and that new french youngster… if we sign them (edmilson and gud) it will be IMPOSSIBLE to keep them all happy… unless we sell 3 strikers and 1 CB (we’ve just signed faye, roz and cacapa, so the only defender possible for the transfer would be taylor)…but that would be just stupid…

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    As long as he is not another MO and spends more time on the treatment table than the field.

  • Tom from Aus

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    it would be gould to have a player like edmilson who can play in the mids and up front but i also think we should get crespo.
    He would be a good buy and inter has zlatan and adriano. He is worth a fair bit but we have a billionare as our owner and this would cover for this “big player” that newcastle want

  • Tom from Aus

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #7

    my bad good not gould. ?

  • Rich

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    nightfall .. i agree, we dont really need edmilson, id still be happy havinhg him as a defensive midfielder but i think we need a left back, a right winger n perhaps a back up right back for Beye as id sell Carr and Babayaro. Quaresma would be immense , think hed be a bit expensive though but we need to buy quality as we are short in this position wiyth only Milner.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I think you will find that as the quality of our team rises inevitably so will the quality of the players that want to leave . We need to get used to seeing players not good enough for NUFC going on to play well under other teams. I hope Taylor does not go but if another centre back comes in I can see him thinking about it.

  • valle

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont see him playing in centre Def for us, but rather as an def mid alongside Barton… Would love that, Butt has heart but his lack of class and ability shows at times especially when he is under pressure and Geremi has disapointed.

  • Ashton

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Edmison is not good enough and he is too old with no PL experience lats sign with Veloso he is just what we need in
    4-3-3 formition

    comon fat ashley splash the cash
    where is the ” superstar ” that you promised us to sign with !!! you f*&*ing lier

  • leo

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    ashton come on give ashley a chance, would you rather have freddie sheppard back, we would have got a superstar but it would have been at cost to having a defence, ashley would i believe have given bsa the funds for a superstar but he didnt want one yet, it would only increase the pressure for alardyce to do well

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Rome wasnt built in a day.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashton drop Veloso allready, he would cost to much and we don’t need another box to box player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 18, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    ToonKing my thoughts exactly.

    Thats all he says, ‘sign veloso’ i bet hes never even seen him play, hes just reads about him being linked with super clubs and assumes he’s decent, which he is but not for the 20 mil they want, i would know, im a portugal supporter.

  • Ashton

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    ” i bet hes never even seen him play ”

    shut up i was watching him when he played for portugal
    against azerbaijan and kazakhstan
    and he played very well

    and veloso is not box to box player he is a defensive midfielder

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #17

    well started life as a CB and came into defensive midfield because of injuries and excelled.

    one more question, why do we need him?

    WE DONT!

  • Jerry

    Oct 19, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #18

    If London was not good enough for Crespo to live in, Newcastle certainly will not!


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