Edmilson First Newcastle Signing in January

We expect one of the new arrivals in January to Newcastle to be Edmilson, the Brazilian International, who has said for many months now that when his contract expires in June he will not be signing a new contract at Barcelona.

The Brazilian international center-back or defensive midfielder moved to Barcelona in 2004, and helped the Spanish giants to UEFA Champions League glory in 2006. We wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Edmilson arrives on Tyneside in early January.


Edmilson – admired for a long time by Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce

However, Edmilson has been troubled by an injury to his right knee since last Spring, which probably stopped Big Sam making a move for him in the summer transfer window, when he traveled to Barcelona to discuss a move with both Edmilson and his wife.

It was expected it would take until November for the 42 times capped Brazilian to get fully fit again, so he’s probably approaching full fitness now. It seems a good time for Big Sam and Chairman Mort to check back with the Brazilian International and his club, Barcelona.

The 31-year-old, who has been played 79 times for Barcelona, has also been targeted by AC Milan. But we wouldn’t be surprised if Sam has already made some kind of provisional deal with Barcelona and Edmilson. However, our current league position may be a little worrying. We had hoped we would have been higher in the league by now, and any drop before the end of the year, could potentially jeopardize a deal.

With all the defenders we’ve brought in, we also thought that maybe we didn’t need Edmilson, but the performances of the last few games has proved that we need as much class, at the back, as we can get. Edmilson certainly has that class, plus loads of experience at the very top level. He turned 31 last July and stands 6’1″ tall.

Edmilson is a perfect player for Big Sam, since he has resurrected many careers during his time at Bolton. We’ll soon start looking seriously at who Newcastle may bring in during January, but don’t be surprised if Edmilson arrives at Newcastle early in January. We think Sam should also be able to get a good deal for the Brazilian, with just a little over 6 months of his contract left at Barcelona.

What do you think? Is Edmilson the type of player we need? We think so, but let’s hear what you think.

Comments are always very welcome.

68 comments so far

  • Chris W.

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Edmilson would be a good one for us to sign. But we really need a creative midfielder. I hope that remains top priority in January.

  • Jerry

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    And we think its a given that Edmilson would want to join us???

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    I think our Defensive midfield position is definitely our top priority. We had smudge breaking up play and then giving the ball back to the mackems. We sorely missed Butt, thats why its vital us signing Edmilson. “Break oppositions attack and counter”, something Butt does well and i’ve seen Edmilson do for both Brazil and Barca (Marquez is even better at this). Don’t think AC Milan will go for him considering they signed Emerson plus all the controversy in Italy is a turn off. Creative midfield player should be looket at after Edmilson has given us the word so that we can find a complimenting playmaker!

  • Hadrain

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #4

    no thanks , as far as im concerned sam has already done his wheeling and dealing, its time to spend .
    lets face it , he’s had all these players targeted for bolton. what bolton brings in is not what we should be aiming for , sam’s moved to newcastle so he would have a club with the reasources behind him to push it up a notch .
    we cant aspire tobe among the best and keep on bringing in players ‘the best’ are wanting shot of , beside’s signings of age 30+ just dont float my boat .
    Edmilson may come on a free , but his wage’s wont be cheap . we could probaly fork out millions on a good youngster and it still work out the same price when you take in a contracts worth of wages , and the young un wouldnt be close to cashing his pension when said contract was over .
    this season in a loss , whatever hype we all bought into at the start of season , we accepted then that this was building time and despite a few moans here and there and what the press would lead you to belive, we ALL still know this is building time , lets target next season , bring in youngsters and work them into the team in the remainder of this season , as long as it looks like progress is being made any league position is fine .
    i think this is what sam isnt getting , we all know its building time , the deafeats are only taken so badly cos we look like shite while losing , if we looked good and lost most of us couldnt give a monkeys , cos we know its building time !

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Edmilson, Darijo Srna, Arshavin, Laursen or Ben Haim and Dean Ashton and were set. 😉

  • Hadji

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Instead Dean Ashton i would prefer Luis Fabiano all the rest is good choice.

  • Paul

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    not likely my friend. you must be american burger head.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #8

    All the players we have been linked with since the end of the transfer window:

    Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls)
    Oscar Cardozo (SL Benfica)
    Urby Emmanuelson (AFC Ajax)
    Loic Remy (Olympique Lyonnais)
    Etienne Capoue (Toulouse)
    Wesley Ngo Baheng (Le Havre AC)
    Krzysztof Krol (Real Madrid Castilla)
    Kyle Lafferty (Burnley FC)
    Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards)
    Gretar Steinsson (AZ Alkmaar)
    Ivica Dragutinovic (Sevilla)
    Andrei Arshavin (FC Zenit)
    Juan Roman Riquelme (Villareal CF)
    Espen Hojmark (Aarhus)
    Jussi Jaskelainen (Bolton)
    Peter Crouch (Liverpool)
    Deco (Barcelona)
    Edmilson (Barcelona)
    Eidur Gudjohnsen (Barcelona)
    Alan Hutton (Rangers)
    Brede Hangeland (FC Copenhagen)
    Emile Heskey (Wigan)
    Nuri Sahin (Dortmund/Feyenoord)
    Even Hovland (Sogndal)
    Per Egil Flo (Sogndal)

    Of those id only bite you hand off for Arshavin, Sahin, Altidore, Hutton, Emmanuelson or Cardozo, maybe Edmilson at a push.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    And deco and Gudjohnsen etc

    But out of those names listed that could come into our first time id only look into Sahin, Arshavin, Emmanuelson, Hutton, Cardozo, Altidore, Edmilson

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Damn, we haven’t even been linked with Huntelaar!


    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah Huntelaar is on fire at the minute for Ajax. Theres a rumour he’s got a pre-contract agreement with Juventus but if EMO was to go to Citeh, he’d be an top (if costly) replacement. Love the guy, wached him for a while now, could Sam sell him on the toon, hmm not sure. Scored a crackin goal against us at SJP when he played for Heerenveen.

  • Espen

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Edmilson in, Butt out! And bring in a striker, let Owen go and play Martins! We need players who want to play for the club, not like Owen who’s focusing more on England.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Geremi vs Butt, which one will you pick as a holding midfielder?

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Niether, id pick Joey Barton

  • Tripp

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    “not likely my friend. you must be american burger head.”

    WTF is that supposed to mean?

    Hadrian, I think to get the prime young talent, we’ve got to build a better name for ourselves. Older, experienced players can help us build that reputation (though, at the moment they’re not doing that for us too well).

  • iain

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    cacapa is cool calm and collected and experienced, but even the pl has shown how it can cares not for reputations when it comes to pace and power and thosoe are two aspects greatly lacking from edmilsons game these days, granted hes a good passer and reads the game well, but weve been shown all season how geremi/butts lack of pace has left us exposed and sams solution is to buy a player just as old and just as slow and less physical than geremi and butt ?

    no thanks.

    try floging emre to fenerbache and part exchange for appiah, whether emre would go for fener being a galatasary lad i dont know, but appiah is about the only expereienced big physcial quick good passing defensive mf player the right side of 30 left not at a big club in a major league.

    if its good enough for barca to buy yaya toure for his pace/power then its good enough for us i reckon.

    another advantage of appiah he already speaks english and should fit in great with the other african lads.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #17

    i definatly agree with tryin to get Dean Ashton i think he is most Shearer type player around at the moment and if not then lets get Heskey to partner Owen! and Edmilson is a must if he still wants to join us!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #18

    and as for the creative midfielder i think we should get Rochemback from middlesbrough or Daniel De Ridder from Birmingham both players play some amazing football but 9 times out of 10 their team mates they have got around them are not on the same wave length!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #19

    i think with players such as Barton, Duff, N’zog, Owen, Martins etc Rochemback or De Ridder would be perfect for the creative midfielder gap we have in our squad! in fact why not get both!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #20

    and both quite young aswel. Rochemback 26, De Ridder 21 (i think)

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    De Ridder is 23 and i rather have Bouazza than any of them even though hes not a playmaker.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Sahin and Arshavin would be my choices for creativity, arshavin will probably play RW not worries there, he is brilliant in that position.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and this whole deal with Martins apprently he had bad flu the whole week before the game.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #24

    ive got myself excited now at the thought of signing rochemback! lol i wish i had BSA’s mobile number, i wonder if Rochemback has ever crossed his mind? hmmm?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #25

    i have not heard of arshavin tom_toon who does he play for?

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Zenit and soon us hopefully, he said he was looking to move abroad once zenit have won the russian championship and they did that on sunday.

  • iain

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #27

    i think we all agree we need a target man as cover for or for 1st choice ahead of viduka. smith/ameobi not good enough.

    imo id be happier with a fitter quicker cf like anelka then owen, anelka may be grumpy and tempremental but the way owens body language is these days i doubt there would be much difference anelka would probably be cheaper in wages even 90kpw would free up enough for what owens on to give stevie t the pay rise he’s after.

    mf i the area that needs most work imo, we need a quick, strong dfm who can pass (appiah, poulsen, keita, kovac) and either a hard working goal scoring cm like cahill, or a creative wide/cm player like arteta/arshavin. no luxury players like riquelme unless sam decides full time we are playing 433, or possibily all 3.

    defence is fine imo selection wise bar fb cover, with enrique looking like our most settled/consistent player this season a young fb wold have to be really young to be patient cover for him, the polish lad krol makes most sense.
    as for rb either get an attacking one like nelson (who could play rw as well) or a defensive one that long term could be another ch for when cacapa is past it like ujfalusi.

    imo the least outlay is on

    arteta wing + acm – emre out
    nelson rb + rw – carr out
    radoslav kovac dfcm/ch
    krol -lb – baba out
    anelka – owen+shola out bring carrol through as 4th cf.

    those 5 players would provide choice in all the positions we need imo. for 5 out and 5 in thats a good solution.

  • Halliday

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #28

    I would have him. He is a good composed player. A bit like Rozehnal.

    I think its attacking flair we are crying out for though. Barton doesn’t seem like he is going to give it, Brilliant in the tackle but not much more.
    Emre has the qualitys, Maybe If Sam played two wingers, N’zogbia, Milner either sides. Then Emre in the middle. Would make sense. Butt is a must starter in my eyes. He’s just brilliant. Smith, Barton, Geremi.. All good players. But aren’t peforming. Am not sure.

    Get Berbatov in. I reckon. Or Ashton. That type of player. Because of how much Viduka is injured. As great as the big lad is. He has only a few years left. And it will probably injury hit the whole time. We look lost without him. Berbatov and Ashton would fill that gap, Maybe even be a quality partnership. Martins needs to play more, He is our main man.

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Anybody else notice we are pretty shit Aerial wise at the back and I’m not talking washing powder here……a lot of teams are hoofing the ball up high against us as we seem to win very little first time along the defensive line.
    If this Edmilson can head a ball and organise he would be useful but how many centrehalfs do we need?
    Our Geordie greek god Dabizas had his moments but he didn’t lose much in the air. Ah well….think I’ll have a glass of red…..toodle pip.

  • joshi

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #30

    yer a bit of a rethink up front with a new target man would be good, and a strong, quick, skillfull, creative cm who can also track back would be excellent.

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #31

    What is the average age of our squad? anybody know……

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #32

    i wouldnt care if we had 8 different Center Backs, as long as our defence improves

  • iain

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #33

    our defence wont improve until our mf does imo.

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #34

    iain your right, both your comments ive really agreed with, well written also.

    people keep saying our defence have not improved at all, but it is the midfield that is our current problem, with them constantly giving the ball away, puts massive pressure on the defence. no matter how good they are goals will flow against us

  • Chris W.

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Arshavin would be great — fast, creative, and I think still developing.

  • joshi

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #36

    just watchin some vids on arshavin…. he looks shit hot! where is his best position?

  • Bill f

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Hammy is right we are shit in the air and always have been, well in recent years anyway. Oh for a McGrath, Moncur or even a Stokoe. I reckon our biggest priority is a good defensive coach.
    How about Beattie as a forward he playing well now and would probably love to follow in Shearers footsteps.

  • joshi

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #38

    wooaaahh, moved onto a vid on emre, pure class!!! when we played against chelsea last season…. he was brilliant.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 14, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Iain and Leo, totally agree with u both that with a midfield that gives the ball away so often any defence would look bad.

  • Matt

    Nov 14, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Tom Toon… im with you on Sahin.. he is a gun waiting to go off


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