BBC Sports is reporting today that Tottenham are closing in on a double transfer of Portuguese midfielder Tiago and Brazilian left-back Gilberto.
Tiago, former Chelsea player at Juventus this season
A deal for Tiago (full name – Tiago Cardoso Mendes), who is now 26 years old and was at Chelsea from 2004-2005 and is now at Juventus, is expected to be completed in the next couple of days. He has played only 4 times for the Italian club this season.
Tiago played for Lyon and Benfica previously, and has represented Portugal 37 times and scored one goal.
We bring him up because he could be a useful addition to the Newcastle squad, although we know of no move for him from the Newcastle club, but he does look available in the January window.
Tiago joined Chelsea in 2004 for Â£10M and then moved to Lyon for Â£6.8M the following year, where he stayed for two years before moving to Juventus in the summer.
Gilberto – Brazil and Hertha Berlin left back
The Brazilian 31 year-old left-back Gilberto, who is currently at Hertha Berlin, is also said to be a a target ofÂ the Tottenham club, although there were other rumors that Manchester United may be interested.
His contract at the German club runs out in June and he is keeping his options open as he told the Bild am Sonntag yesterday:
“I don’t want to say much about it,”. “I have received many offers. I might stay in Berlin, but then again I might go to England, Portugal or back to Brazil.”
Alex Ferguson was said to be willing to pay around Â£2M to get Gilberto in January, although he would be a free agent in the summer.
The experienced Brazilian has played 86 times and scored 13 goals for Hertha Berlin, and has played for Brazil 13 times scoring one goal, and represented his country in the 2006 World Cup. He is 6’0â€ tall.
We are on the lookout for another left back to fight it out with Jose Enrique, and maybe Gilberto could fit the bill, and we could potentially get him in January.
What do you think of these two players?
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