Newcastle Show Interest in Alves

There’s news today that Sam Allardyce was at Anfield last night, and didn’t even bother to check out Saturday’s opponents Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, where they were thrashed 4-0 by Aston Villa. We hope that doesn’t cause a good reaction from Rovers against us on Saturday.

Porto didn’t fare much better last night, going down 4-1 to the Liverpool giants, in their Champions League tie. The win means Liverpool have only to win their final qualifying game against Marseilles to go through to the next round of the Champions League, and they certainly appear to be in resurgent form, with Torres getting two goals.


Bruno Alves 6′ 2″ Portugal defender is excellent in the air

The Newcastle United manager was apparently looking over Porto’s 26-year-old center-back Bruno Alves, who was also watched by top scout Bobby Saxton just last week. There’s no doubt that Sam has his scouts looking all over for defensive reinforcements, before the January transfer window opens. We also understand that Newcastle were in Holland on Sunday to check out 24-year-old Swedish defender Jonas Olsson, of NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch League.

Paul Montgomery was also seen at Parkhead where Celtic beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0, and apparently some of the Ukrainian players were the focus there. So it does look like Sam is thinking about further strengthening his defense – but if he brings in new players for the back line, he may have to unload one or two of them in the summer, since we brought in 6 defenders just 3 months ago.

And exactly how much Sam will be given to spend in January, will depend on both who he wants and how well we do in our next 7 games before the end of the year.

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves, who was born in November, 1981, is a 6’ 2” central defender at Porto, for whom he has played 35 times since 2005 and scored 2 goals. He is strong tall player who is a particularly good header of the ball. Alves gained a place to in the FC Porto starting eleven this season and has not looked back and Portugal manager Luiz Filipe Scolari gave the defender his full Portugal cap in June of this year against Kuwait. He has since played 6 times for his country and scored one goal.

But we don’t think a player outside the Premier League will be the instant success we need to steady the defense. We’d rather see Big Sam go after some tested Premiership players like Ben Haim of Chelsea and/or Olaf Mellberg of Aston Villa, although it appears Olaf does not want to stay in England.

What do you think? Which defenders should we be going after in January? Let us know – comments are always very welcome.

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34 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Also Nicolae Dica (Immense Passer), Dorin Goian (Good Defender howver Man Utd have been said to have struck a deal for him) and Daniel Carvalho was linked recently and as most people know he is a great player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I say buy defenders from the eastern european leagues, those leagues are getting better in quality and all their defenders are fairly big brutes and seem reliable. Only buy those for back-up, world class for first 11.

  • Graham

    Nov 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see Sam going for players with premier league experience like he says we need. It says a lot about the buys he made in the summer if he is already looking to replace them

  • nightfall

    Nov 29, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #4

    i don’t get sam…one day he’s saying we have problems ‘cos we lack of players (defenders) with EPL, and the next day…well…you see…

  • Alex

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    your right nightfall, he talks about the defenders lack of expierence in the EPL then goes scouting players with none.Ben Haim would be a good signing ,although he has fallen out of favour with the new Chelsea trainer he was good enough for mourinho to sign him.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Tom, Manure after Goian ???? u have to be kidding me……the guy is a joke, he would have a hard time even in the Championship. Dica is better but he’s no EPL level either.

    Daniel Cravalho……….not he’s a different story, would love him to join, he’s a great player….although rumours are that Man City struck a deal already with him.

  • scott 9

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    i think Dorin Goian would be a great sighning and also Daniel Carvalho or Nicolae Dica would be great signings and bruno alves is apparently good but who nows im glad were look at creative midfield players we need some for good footballers

  • ToonKing

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #8

    @scott: the 2 romanians are nowhere near our standards…..maybe Dica…but it’s a stretch……he most certainly wouldn’t be a starter.

    +they are both around 27 years old and that is to old. we should be looking for some younger much more talented players……like Carvalho.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Goian has been linked a fair bit to manchester unied and an official from steaua said that he will be going to them in the winter, alledgedly.
    Dica is a good player, an immense passer but very weak and quite slow but he would be a chea alternative to our creaive midfielder problems.

    Id like to see a new target man like Milevsky or Chickhaoui.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Nicolita could be good for a new right winger, fairly pacey and from what ive seen a good crosser

  • toonbully

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    who do we think we are kidding , we said we were after dirk kuyt and torres last summer , look what happened there , they went to a club which is challenging in europe liverpool . Why do we always gun for targhets so high . The secret is buying players who are unrecognised and making them into stars . Like Arsene does toime and time again . Give us some bleeding scouts who have a passport or giz the job , I don’t mind watching St Etienne 2nd XI away on a cold wednesday night in Paris if Nufc ‘ll pay expenses , It is really not rocket science is it …

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully sam ha his scouts loking at Srna, Chyhrynskyi and maybe even castillo or ilsinho

  • ToonKing

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Well Steaua can say anything, their owner is a muppet who thinks he owns Barcelona.

    All those Steaua players Nicolita, Dica, Goian are nowhere near the quality we need.

    Of all those players maybe Milevsky is the only one worth to look at.

    If we need cheap players then i say let’s take a look a West Brom’s Zoltan Gera for a right winger, he has great vision, good cross and also a few tricks.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14


  • Leo

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    linvoy primus if pompey will let us buy him… i have thought highly of him for a few seasons.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey where did my post go ???

    Anyways Tom_Tom why don’t we just by the whole Shakhtar Donetsk first eleven ?? 🙂

    Although the ones you named are pretty good players………..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #17

    At least then we may win something! 🙂

    No i name he good ones as they are good players and will realistically come to us.

  • iain

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    “i don’t get sam…one day he’s saying we have problems ‘cos we lack of players (defenders) with EPL, and the next day…well…you see…”

    just what i was thinking, but long term future or not at this club, if sam is staying until the end of the season or longer, we MUST buy 2/3 players in january to avoid getting sucked into a real relegation battle. or at least loan the players we need.

    im no big fan of edmilson as i dont think he could take us forward but as a free he wouldnt take us backwards either and his ability to play cm and ch covers 2 positions that will be vacated. revista on sky reckons his move to us is still on.

    the other two signings should be a right back and striker imo.

    i would sell shola/carr/baba and take whatever we could get for them.

    frankly letting sam replace those 3 would hardly damage the club regardless of his future unless he signed some right clowns.

    and if there is even a sniff we could land anelka id try and flog owen to brum as quickly as possible.

  • iain

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    one of those romanians must be half good as barca are after him, i cant remember which one though.

  • iain

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    also bring carroll back. might as well keep as cover for the time oba is away.

  • iain

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    my top transfer tip would be stay away from spanish/portuges players as we cant afford toi be gambling with players who might throw a strop if they cant maintain there tan.

    same goes for south americans, except those that have played in eastern europe as you would be surprised how quick they would like to get out of places like moscow/kiev you only have to listen to what elano said about manchester being better in every aspect than shakhtar

  • Andy

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Doubtful there will be any new signings unless a significant amount of funds is brought in by player sales.

    Much like all the other 100 players we get linked with the closer it gets to the transfer window, chalk this up to bullshit.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    @ToonKing – you’ve obviously never seen Chikhaoui

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Also i agree Zoltan Gera is worth a punt the figures being quoted are around 600k and he is probably the best players in england outside of the premership.

  • Bill f

    Nov 29, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #25

    When I first saw Gera years ago I was impressed, how old is he now though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #26

    28, but we dont have any experience on the right wing.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Bill F : He’s 28 now still a few good years left in him. Would be very good price/quality, maybe he even has a release clause if an offer comes from the EPL. When West Brom was in the EPL a few years ago he was their best player, but he got injured and they were relegated whit out him.
    I was and still am surprised he still plays there. He tried to move away this summer but the club didn’t let him go and there was a big dispute over this in the papers.
    An interesting thing is that if i remember correctly there was a Pepsi advert during the 2006 WC featuring him along with Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho and Raúl. wow
    And he is a player we can get for a MAX of 1 Million, surely a good buy.

    Iain : the Romania Barca was after is Christian Chivu. He’s a world apart from the guys mentioned but he snubbed Barca and transfered to Inter this summer.

    Tom_Tom i’ve seen Chikhaoui only a couple of times, didn’t overly impress me but he’s still young so who knows …

  • ToonKing

    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #28

    damn i’m all fired up now 🙂
    wicked goal by Gera

    He’s very much like Nobby, with great vision and quality crosses but spiced up with more flair.

    I want this guy at the toon. why a player of he’s quality is roting at the Baggies is beyond me. 🙁

  • Chris Bunton

    Nov 30, 2007 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Another central defender…hes already bought 3! Is he admitting that his signings are not up to standard??And where does this leave Tayls…5th choice centre back? He could be the next John Terry if managed correctly but it looks like Sam will destroy him first.

  • iain

    Nov 30, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #30

    TK – nah i knew aboiut chivu barca had scouts recently watching steaua, it was either dica or goian

  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 30, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Chris. The game against Liverpool with 4 cb injured showed that we do not have enough stregth so BS needs some more defenders. To me Taylor is not good enough yet for first choice but good cover for injuries.

  • nightfall

    Nov 30, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #32

    stamford toon…the atmosphere in the dressing room already sucks…what do you think will happen if we end up with 10 first team CBs? every team needs 4 first team CB (and a few youngsters)…we all know we have quality defenders…now it’s up to sam to motivate them…that’s it…we have quality… sam’s already having a problem with keeping everyone happy…we don’t need new defenders…all we need is for sam to motivate our players and players must get used to each other and sam won’t succed if he’ll keep playing different line up every week… damn!

  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    sorry Nightfall I don’t think we have enough defenders, and I was not just talking CB’s. We did not have enough quality left after injury for the Liverpool game. Surely that was obviouse. I have to say I don’t think Taylor is a good RB so we need cover for Beye (not Carr he should go) & we need cover for Enrique (not Babayaro, he should go). It is also not just cover for injury but for when we have too many games (as with December) for the size of squad we now have.

  • scott 9

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #34

    I suppose u have a fair point toon king they may not beable to hack it in the prem but they do look very good player in thier league i just desperatley think we need a solid defender and a creative midfield player


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