Portugal’s Tiago and Brazil’s Gilberto Available

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 £10M and then moved to Lyon for £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 of  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 £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 6’0” 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?

Let us know – comments always welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Possibly journeymen types rather than players who’ll run their socks off for us. Plus we may be too late!

  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed this article will apply only to Midd the Yidd because they are both players who will go to spurs.

    no point in this article i think, tiago type player is needed but it wont be him and gilberto isnt what we need. we need a right winger and a central midfielder or 2

  • Kash2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Tiago didn’t make enough of an impact at Chelsea for my liking. Tiago sounds good, but Riise sounds much better!

  • keltik

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    i read today in the paper that Harry Redknap has made an enquiry into Shola Ameobi, whilst i would welcome the sale of Ameobi i think it would be the wrong time, i think Kev should wait until the summer until selling anyone, its not like we need the cash….do we?

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    a left back at 31 is basically on his last legs these days ed. its all about pace, he will be way to slow to do any good. the prem catches out the young fast ones let alone an old timer!!
    so i think not alot of substance or point in this one at all i am affraid. besides, i would much rather have a right back as carr is shite. we always have cover for left back with the zog if we run short. we need a right winger and a right back. or better still, a middle/right man so he could be more versatile.

  • Gordon d

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Do you think Midd the Yidd will come on tonight to slag us off i find it quite amusing.

  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    hmm… these 2 dont sound up2 it to be honest. cud find way better

  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Kash2 – I agree Riise really excites me, would make a real impact in the team..!!!

  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Gordon d – You have to feel for him..! No friends, spotty little teenager I bet stuck at his PC looking for people to talk to…!

    Oh yes… Those two not for me, there’s better out there!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Gilberto is a great player, aint too keen on Tiago, prefer Ruben Amorim.

  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #11

    our priorities have to be

    CM- someone in the mould of s.appaih
    CM- someone in the mould of diego
    RM- would love bently btw, but not going to happen unfortunatly

  • paul

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    we have one LB trying to get used to the prem… why do we need two… Gan in a get Shorey or Bridge

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I prefer Shorey for our LB position than a 31 year old Brazilian whose best days are behind him. Get Shorey, and Bentley to send some good crosses in for Owen/Martins and Viduka, and place Milner in the center of midfield alongside N’Zogbia or a defensive midfielder in Butt. To our left we could have Duff sending in some more inviting crosses. This would be really simple and when Barton and Geremi’s back we have cover for our central midfield positions. Just go after those 2 players and we can reach the Uefa cup for sure! And if King Kev can top it off with Ameobi leaving for lets say Crouch or Asharvin then we have a strong squad indeed.

  • Tooner

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Another journeyman player who is past his prime? Sounds like a SA signing to me!

    Tiago would be ok, however.

  • e

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #15

    whos Ruben Amorim? jsut another unknown player u done reasearch on, on youtube? Tiago is obviously better if hes young and has played for these top clubs, tho i might be wrong this Ruben Amorim bloke might play for a good team and u might of caught me out there but im not so sure

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Bridge and Riise would be great buys also. I just want some good piece of business before it’s too late!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #17

    e – im partly portuguese mate. I support portugal.

    i doubt very much if amorim is on youtube, most of the players i name that people dont seen to know arent on youtube.

  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Go and see KK and see if you can become a talent scout in Portugal. You seem to be able to mention plenty of players, I ain’t heard of. Just what we need young talent brought in for the future.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha, good idea, i recon most of us would do a far better job than any of our current scouts, they seem to be bollocks.

  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe that has changed with the new owner and chairman, apparently the 3 younguns we have got this January are very good prospects.
    If nowt else we can sell them with a small profit.

  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #21

    ive been talking about tiago for ages and how we should go in for him as he is exackly what we need cause he can play anywere in cm behind the back four and supporting the strikers and he is an exellent playmaker and has the much needed creativity we would need but i dont matter cause hes off to tottenham

  • Obafan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #22

    There are better players. So for me they don’t have to join the new NUFC.

  • Ryan Syahril

    Jan 23, 2008 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #23

    We need a playmaker like Riquelme or Deco – that is the least thing should happen before 31 January 2008!

  • toonbully

    Jan 23, 2008 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #24

    No real comment on above , but going to Arse match on Saturday at the Emirates and looking to meet toon lads before and after . Anybody know of any friendly drinkers near the new ground , or not so far away , where other toon boys maybe having a quaff ….TB…….

  • Lawman

    Jan 24, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #25

    If the likes of ManU reportedly offering £2m for Gilberto who’ll be free come the summer, I don’t think NUFC will have much luck.

    I think we should go for Lee Naylor instead. An attacking left back, he should fit right into KK’s team and give enrique more than a run for his money.

    Bought by Celtic just 2 seasons ago for £600k, he’s now valued at at least £3-4m. An exceptional player…. extremely dependable .

    Played for England’s under21 and also experience in Celtic’s Champions League outings as he quickly established himself as Celtic’s 1st choice LB since he signed for them from Wolves in Aug 06.

    Since Celtic are a club known to sell if price is right no matter how important the player is to them, we’ll definitely be able to sign him if we want to.

    Great player!!!!


You must log in to post a comment.