Newcastle Pursue Brazilian Striker Fred

It’s getting to be the silly season in football when another transfer window opens in January.


Brazilian striker Frederico Chaves Guedes – better known as Fred

And Newcastle will be linked with all kinds of players and it’s difficult to know which stories are true and we’ll have to rely on the club to keep us straight. But it’s also an interesting time for fans and we’ll report on most of the players, because it’s at least interesting to see which players may be coming to the club, before any eventually arrive. That will be out take during the January transfer window.

A player we are being linked with today is Olympique Lyon’s Brazilian striker Fred. We are not the only club interested apparently as Chelsea and Middlesbrough are also said to be looking. The Brazilian international has already admitted he may seek a move away in January after failing to get a regular first team spot this season. Karim Benzema is keeping Fred out of the Lyon first team.

This is what Fred said about the situation:

“I asked the club to show confidence in me, but so far this has not happened.”

“I wish to honor my contract until 2009, but I can not continue like this.”

Since the striker is good friends with Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa, at least Sam will be able to get a good assessment of the player from Claudio. He is 6’1″ tall and has played 9 times for Brazil since 2005 scoring 5 goals. Fred turned 24 years old in October.

He has played 55 times for Lyon scoring 25 goals since 2005, and before that played for Cruzeiro (73 games 56 goals) and American Maneiro (57 games 34 goals) in Brazil. That seems an awful lot of goals.

Comments very welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    He would be a very good signing!!! Hopefully this story is not just paper talk! Cacapa could do a very good job for us in the near future:
    1. motivating Fred to join us in January
    2. motivating Edmilson to join us in July

  • looney toon

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    why would fred wanne come to us? He definitly wont go to a rubbish club like middlesbrough but he could easily get a champions league club plus we have like 5 strikers and i dont fink BS will ave the money to buy fred anyway

  • adam

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    we should definetly go for fred if its true.

    and adriano

  • Kash2

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Only reason he would come to us is if Cacapa persuades him. He won’t go to a Champions League team to play in the CL as he’s cup tied!!!! However I could see Chelsea trying to sign him to replace Drogba while the ANC is on!

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Wouldn’t it be nice to sell Owen and Ameobi and get Fred and Edjur instead?

  • Satriani

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Ausgeordie: I TOTALY agree!

  • Kash2

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Disagree, Gudjohnsen=Too Much Money

  • mark

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Adam, your whats wrong with NUFC, trophy signings, “ooh go for Adriano” what? so you want us pay £15million and probably more for some fat lazy bastard sitting on 100k a week and living the playboy lifestyle down london because he is always injured???

    Fred is not prolific either and this story is probably fabricated.

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    we will be linked with kaka and henry next.

  • aaron d

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Adriano would be another Kluivert, he about 5 choice at Inter that must tell you some thing, on his day is one of the best and so was Kluivert, but players like that would only come to Newcastle for one reason MONEY! Really think Arshavin would be a good signing, he’s used to cold weather, is hard working and is taking a step up moving to Newcastle.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Fred is an immense striker but i doubt he’d come, if he did then owen can finally bugger off.

  • oba one kanoby

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    ausgeordie – that would be excellent

  • scott 9

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    he would be a great signing but we do have s*it loads of strikers we would at least have to sell ameobi

  • adam

    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    mark you make me laugh. so narrow minded. adriano hasnt been playing so long that he probly knows that his career is turning into shit. maybe a loan deal would be good and sam with cacapa could sort him out, if not then move on. you straight away think of losing 15mill. how negative are you. you are whats wrong with nufc. i bet you boo at the games you muppet

  • Rich

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Fred would be an amazing signing for us!

  • scott 9

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    hes only 24 aswell i though he was about 30 get rid of one of our strikers (not oba or owen) and he would be an exellent signing

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #17
  • Hadrian

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    we’ve been linked with half my football manager youth squad !

  • t-g-w

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    That goalscoring record is VERY impressive!!!! I’d take him! How much would he cost though? Gudjohnsen too expensive?! I heard he would cost 6 million…

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Yer hes 28 and losing it fred is 24 and better.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 20, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Adriano?! why the hell would we want an incosistent, overrated and injury prone striker like that when we already have one at our club (michael owen lol) Adriano is like Baptista in the sense that he does not think fast enough to be able to handle the pace of the premiership. And why would we loans omeone who is on a crazy amount of wages?! Adriano is exactly the type of striker we SHOULD NOT be investing in

  • Obafan

    Dec 20, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Overall Fred is way better than Gudjohnson; so let’ not waste the little amount of cash which will be available in January on a highly paid player. Okay Fred will be not cheap too, but will be not that expensive as Gudjohnson.

    I also believe that as a pure striker Fred is more dangerous (and scores more goals) than Gudjohnson.

  • Kein

    Dec 20, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    What’s that crap about Adriano?!? He is nowadays a fat drunk..And he just signed a loan deal with Sao paulo.

    Not sure about Fred either, but better signing than Adriano..By miles! Fred has been quite impressive in the champions league when given the opportunity..

  • ToonUSA

    Dec 20, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    He might be just the kind of player Big Sam needs to play his 433 with smith martins and fred up front……..make room for him by selling Shola. Viduka and Owins are always injured so he will be a starter every game.

    PS what you all think about playing the Zog where Milner playes for a game???

  • carl

    Dec 20, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #25

    im not getting myself involved in any transfer gossip or taking any notice now, weve been here before and i just cany be arsed as we all know sam will sign players who we prob wont even mention. lets just try and trust big sam and let him come up with the goods

  • joel gledhill

    Dec 20, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    i disagree with you there CARL , think if we keep speaking about fred it will eventually become a speculation and we will know in quicker notice if he is intrested or not,you just look on the good side,ok (see,when ever i hear a names in speculation with newcastle i just look at the player on utube,u just try with fred now)and you tell me what you think?

  • scott 9

    Dec 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #27

    never no with owens injuries the duke getting on a bit and smiths position undecided fred and oba could be the great future strike partener ship up front i think owen is qaultiy but i must admit i am licking my lips with just the thought of martins and fred playing up front together that is a perfect partenership

  • Leo

    Dec 20, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #28

    would he cut the mustard in the premiership? and i dont mean that wimpy french style mustard

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 20, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye the dijon 🙂

    Fred is very good in the air and pretty strong well miles stronger han mickey owen.

  • Pop

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Ardriano is a very talent striker eventhough he is now number 5 striker but look at Inter’s Striker-Slatan, Crespo, Cruz, Suazo. They are all top class so I’m not surprise that Ardriano will be no.5 until he can recover his emotional and family problem which I believe he can and and will be back in his best form soon because now he is practive with Sao paolo FC and have some matches overthere. Look at Oba Martins, before he move he was 4th choice striker but he worth every pound that we pay. Ardriano is just 25-tall, strong, good left foot and in the air. He is the type of striker that we need- strong, powerful, good in the air and score goals. We have to many small forward like smith owen and martins. Atleast he is better than Ameobi, Viduka as a target man. Would be very excite if can see Ardriano and Owen up front

  • Aussie geordie

    Dec 21, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Kasj 2 we would be getting rid of Owen….how can Gudjohnson be too much money?? The money saved on wages conbined with the fact he would actually play makes him worth while. He’s like Smith except he does not have a temper and he does have an eye for goal. I saw a lot of Fred when he played against us in the world cup and he was great. Dont follow Brazilian football so not sure what he is doing these days but I think a “Fred” would fit nicely at NUCF. The only striker we have that I am happy with is Oba and he barely gets any service at all.

  • Thiago

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Hello. I am from Brazil and the same city of Fred. I know him very well. He is fantastic player. I am sure newcastle fans won´t be disapoited. That´s very good signed!
    He is top class!!!

  • Tripp

    Dec 21, 2007 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #34

    What’s up with the pacifier? He certainly seems to have the touch. He’s obviously not just a speed merchant.


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