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Newcastle Should Go After Joao Moutinho

3:23 pm, Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Arsenal and Newcastle United are among interested clubs who have been alerted to the potential availability of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho.


Joao Moutinho – would be a great buy for Newcastle

The Portugal international is being followed by a host of Premiership teams, including the Gunners and Newcastle, and it’s emerged the midfielder could be snapped up for £10M at the end of the season.

The magazine A Bola says Moutinho has just signed with Israeli super-agent Pini Zahavi, and Zahavi has strong links with the Premiership. It is understood that Sporting would allow him to leave Lisbon for less than his current £20M buyout clause.

When we did our article on Deco three days ago, we had said that we thought that 21 year-old Moutinho would be a better but that he would be a lot more than the £15M we were quoted for Deco.

If this boy is available for £10M we should go after him – like now.

It really depends on who Kevin wants to bring to Newcastle United in the summer, because it’s becoming clear there are a number of very good players available, that would vastly improve the Newcastle squad for next season.

When Keegan meets with Mike Ashley, Chris Mort and the Recruitment executives, he will no doubt draw up the A list for who he wants and who we can get, all thing being equal.

And then a B list of the players we should go for, if for whatever reason, we cannot get those on the A list. We don’t expect the lists to contain more than 5 players each.

We expect Newcastle to move quickly for the players, once Kevin has identified who he wants, because the quicker we sign them, the cheaper they will be, and also the more time they will have of settling at the club before next season begins.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Moutinho is one of them – we certainly hope so.

The lad doesn’t turn 22 years old until September, and yet he has already played 171 times for Sporting Lisbon, and scored 15 goals. Joao has represented his country Portugal 11 times and seems just the player we need.

He signed for his home town club Sporting Lisbon, when he was just 13 years old, and he is already captain of Sporting Lisbon at the tender young age of 21.

This boy will be great in that famous black and white striped shirt. 😀

Comments welcome.

PS – we know all about Hugo Viana failing at Newcastle but this boy will not fail.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 izzy69rocks // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Not sure how good is the lad….. especially we try not make the same mistake again…..
    Remember Hugo Viana 🙂

  • 2 HeronMag // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Israeli super-agent haha! Are Mossad into football Ed?

  • 3 broon ale // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    besides. Ronaldo, Cavalhio and nani, how many portugeese players succeed in england?

    i remember jose dominguez, helder postiga, paulo ferreira, and hugo vianna..

    could be a risky investment but then again it could also be a brilliant investment

  • 4 joel // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    sorry ed harrison about that

  • 5 Geordie Gerrard7 // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    yes, get him now, he is absoloutley class, my girlfriend is fiance is from lisbon, and when we went there we watched lisbon train, as her nephew is in the lisbon equivalent of u19’s, moutinho was there and he is the neatest player i have seen in my life, absoloutley magic. if you asked me to sign him for ten million, id snap your hand off for it.

  • 6 broon ale // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    geordie gerrard. maybe we should sign your girlfriends nephew!

  • 7 NUFCFAN // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    think that the portugese regain possession so well, and moutinho is a class act – you cant be bad if he’s playing for portugal and is already captain. Also believe that with keegan – he is likely to be given time to adapt. with Butt, geremi and barton back to form

    his age is great too, however as much as i would love us to take the centre mid pairing of sporting – just cant see them releasing both their centre mids.

  • 8 Leo // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    YES he has all the atributes that we need in a central midfielder

  • 9 THELONGSHANKS // Apr 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    I think bridge,dunne and barry are more realistic targets for newcastle not even in europe.If we do get Moutinho then we should follow it up with bridge,kompany and huntelaar. 🙂

  • 10 scott9 // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    moutinho is everthing we r missing in midfiled i will go mad if we sign him however i would ne very suprised if we actually got him i think he will go to a club in europe.

  • 11 Geordie Gerrard7 // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    yer, hes not bad, big things expected. he is called daniel carrico, 6ft good in the air centre back.

  • 12 Marguerite // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Are we all dreaming and kidding ourselves? I would be just so delighted if we could get him. I believe Arsenal are one of the clubs we are up against. To hell with it, I WILL dare to dream.

  • 13 broon ale // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    geordie gerrard! here is a video of your girlfriends nephew..You should marry this lass asap so you become part of the family.. this fella is supposed to be decent by all accounts.. he could provide you with goodies.. training gear, boots and tickets etc.

    p.s, i love nandos chicken and thats portugeise..


  • 14 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    No thanks!

  • 15 Jonny // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    does anyone else think 15 goals in 171 appearances for a “world class” attacking midfielder as he has been described in the media really isn’t that good?

  • 16 Leo // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    well i heard that he was more of a playmaker than an attacking midfielder tbh, so that might be why his goal tally aint soo hot

  • 17 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    He hasnt got the fight for the premiership, that is one of the reasons i think he would fail. Also he doesnt really have any pace, thats another reason. Ive been saying about him, go to la liga, he would be awesome there.

  • 18 Geordie Gerrard7 // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    i watched him play twice last year, was qaulity. getting married soon anyway, , lol. no we have recieved no goodies as of yet but, i think he is still on a pittance, sporting is only one of the teams around that still treat there youngsters the old fashioned way, and even though he is now 20. or nearly, they are still making him do college work. i love nandos too.

  • 19 Geordie Gerrard7 // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    he is not an attacking midfielder, he is a playmaker, his passing and vision are unbelievable, also his first touch is class. he is like carrick but better.

  • 20 Hadji // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Tom Toon…I’m sure you thought the same when Fabregas was introduced to the Premiership.

  • 21 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    No,id never seens fabregas but moutinho i have seens lots of.

  • 22 Toon Al // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    how old are u tom_toon out of interest?

  • 23 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:49 PM


  • 24 Toon Al // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    ah rite, just u seem to have this extensive knowlege on pretty much every player thats brought up on here

  • 25 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Well i watch the bwin, im half portuguese so this id defintely know a fair bit about.

  • 26 Toon Al // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    fair shout, just wonderin

  • 27 ende // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Ed, how come you refer to yourself as ‘we’? Aren’t you the only contributor on this blog?

  • 28 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    ende, i also wonder about that.

  • 29 stk // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM


  • 30 faustino // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    That would be the ‘royal’ we boys! 😉

  • 31 Whoopie Goldberg // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Ed hosts three seperate spirits within his body. Each one is more than 400 years old! The day that NUFC win the league the spirits will be released to fight to determine which is the true Geordie. The other two will be banished to Pennywell.

  • 32 Charlie Bucket // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Interesting that Steven Pienaar has doubts over whether his transfer to Everton is going to be made permanent.

    He’s done well this season and at £2.2m would be a bargain.

    I haven’t had the misfortune of watching Everton often enough to gauge a judgement on the player but I’m led to believe he is a promising young player.

    What I am interested in knowing is whether anyone rates this player.

  • 33 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Pieenar is good, hardly young.

  • 34 scottish mag // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    chris mort has just been talking to sky sports about transfers, money and owens contract basically said they will sit down at the end of the year a discuss, no names were mentioned but smiled when asked about reyes, he didnt really give anything away

  • 35 Spyro // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    pieneer would be a decent signing, but i think we oculd do better

  • 36 Spyro // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    who saw walcott last night, anyone who thinks this guy is the next francis jeffers is having a laugh. some people on here tried to say milner is better than him, lol! thats a joke!

  • 37 Cape Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Pienaar is crap. I’m south african and seen him play since his Ajax Cape Town days and he’s not anything special. Too light – can’t hold a ball up and can’t tackle, runs around like a headless chicken chasing leather no thanks -we can get better as he’s no better than the current crop of players we have.

  • 38 Carr is shite // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Does anyone know that Pienaar is a big fan of the magpie? He will be a bargain at 2 million and will add quality to our squad.

  • 39 wsq // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    over rated

  • 40 Tore Torell // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Luca Modric is a far better player than this lad, spending 10m on Moutinho would be a gamble.

    But I like the strategy, buying hungry players sounds like a good idea. Bringing in players who are past it (Henry, Deco etc.) might be popular short term signings, but this is not what NUFC need.

  • 41 JJ // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    I agree Cape Toon, also South African mate…
    Pienaar is distinctly average and is made to look decent by and excellent Everton system.
    To be honest I dont think Moutinho would make it in England either.
    The reason why Ronaldo has done so well is that Ferguson has improved his physical stature.
    He is powerful now whereas when he first arrived he had skill but was a nancy boy.
    We need a powerful running creative midfielder.
    Any suggestions:

  • 42 JJ // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    My suggestion is Kim Kallstrom.
    Over six foot, excellent long range shot, good vision and strong on the ball.

  • 43 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Kahlenberg is quite powerful through the centre. Engelaar is also.

  • 44 JJ // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Come Tom Toon chief scout, give me some attacking midfielders who are powerful and pacey on the ball and not nancy boy midgets???

  • 45 JJ // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Ah read my mind, good timing… lol

  • 46 Obafan // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    I don’t know him so I will not judge him. The only thing I would say is that because VIana did never make it as a star for NUFC, that it would be stupid not to look after Portuguese talent just because of Viana.

    So if this kid is really good and he can strenthen the team then we should go after him. I think that the managerial staff is becoming very good with all the new appointments and that will also be the case for the scouting at NUFC. So there will be no quick buys, but only buys that have been negotiated within the board and club from A till Z.

  • 47 Nick C // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    I still reckon we should really go for players with prem experience. I am sure a lot of these foreign lads are canny players but it is such a gamble bringing untried talent to the North East.
    We need proven Prem talent to get us back competing at the right end of the table.

  • 48 Nick C // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    However Tom Toon, keep the names coming. I like to do a little research on your choices!

  • 49 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Look someone said this the other day, The players we are looking increasingly likely to bid for are:

    Aaron Lennon
    Jose Antonio Reyes
    Thierry Henry
    Michael Carrick
    Michael Dawson
    Wayne Bridge
    Bafetimbi Gomis

    I love a good speculating session as well, but these are the players that KK wants…

  • 50 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    I recon we could get lincoln from gala maybe.

  • 51 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    And Maybe Shaun Wright-Phillips and Richard Dunne

  • 52 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Was he the guy who played for Shalke?

  • 53 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM


  • 54 Nick C // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Kin Hell. I am faster than Richard Dunne….

  • 55 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Andrew Surman from Southampton would be a long term option if Duff and/or N’Zogbia leave

  • 56 CRAIGG // Apr 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Maybe but he is a top CB i dont think John Terry is fast but his positioning, Tackling and Heading gets hi out of trouble.

  • 57 euanpolo // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    I have come up with this team for newcastle next season. I reckon it is pretty realistic and good.

    NUFC 2008/09
    OWEN (C)


    DONK – £3.5M FROM AZ
    TOTAL SPENT: £33.75M

  • 58 richie // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    no to swp and lennon, height is a key issue

    giles barnes we should try get sorted before end of season

    im not sure what players kk will go for but i hope its atall quality midfielder and id love a winger like bentley but he seems destined for the pool

  • 59 sparetheman // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    “Look someone said this the other day, The players we are looking increasingly likely to bid for are:

    Aaron Lennon
    Jose Antonio Reyes
    Thierry Henry
    Michael Carrick
    Michael Dawson
    Wayne Bridge
    Bafetimbi Gomis

    I love a good speculating session as well, but these are the players that KK wants…”

    Because the players we’re linked with in the papers always turn out to be true?

    By the sounds of Chris Mort, they haven’t even discussed transfer targets yet and you’re already certain we’re bidding on these players!

  • 60 BigB // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    OVER RATED……WASTE!!!!!!!

  • 61 Tom_Toon // Apr 9, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Im starting to like my idea of Cassio Lincoln!

  • 62 apan // Apr 9, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    dont u all know that we almost get ronaldo but instead we go for vianna because of his form during the time our scout paid a visit? portugal players are really good (yes they beat the england team too) except the striker(yeah they dont hv anyone exceptional), but the midfield of them hv been excellent, and to say they dont have the fight for premiership is bull, moutinho is a good player and to be associated with arsenal, doesnt that just shows that he is promising indeed….he is better than carrick and cheaper and i think he got better vision

    rem hugo vianna came here when he was barely legal, moutinho now is 22, so there’s diff there, if we gone all traumatized about the past to influence our decision in the future, i think that would rather be DUMB! we learn a thing or two but we dont jus BLOCK IT! we have too many doubters & people who hv ridiculous superstitious! doesnt mean they are from the same country they end up sh*t! There would be hit & misses thats normal in football even players who played in EPL can be sh*t after performin so well in previous season so there’s no guarantee either, but i believe KK can bring the best out of anyone

    In the end its down to KK and his formation to suit the players, pienaar will suit a 4-4-2 but not 4-3-3, moutinho wil fit both though cos of his passes, besides il rather have him than Deco!

  • 63 domtoon // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    right. trying to find videos off of youtube to see what the guy can do, and ALL of them are really poor quality, slow mo, crappy editing, and to tell u the truth, not that exciting to watch. not to say he hasn’t got the skills he’s being lauded for, but it must just be that the portugese are crap at making video edits!! if anyone can find a good vid of him which gives an idea of what kind of player he is, do share :o)

  • 64 Mushy Marshall // Apr 10, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Latest rumour for the Toon from various sources….
    Christoph Metzelder, German C.B., Real Madrid (ex Dortmund), 27 years old, 6ft 4ins, terrific in the air, available for 10mill.
    What do our European correspondants have to say about this one??

  • 65 Stami - PLAY CARROLL // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Charlie Bucket –
    Steven Pienaar, yeah i rate him! he is class! he played in my home town, Cape Town South Africa! i used to watch him in our local league when he was playing at Ajax Cape Town! Was so excited when i read that he was moving to Everton on loan. Not many South African that make it into the Premiership and actually make an impact.

    Lucas Radebe
    Quinton Fortune
    Benni MaCarthy
    Pienaar are really the only players worth mentioning!

    South Africa 2010…never thought i would live to see the day the world cup comes to my back yard…lol

  • 66 irish_al // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    does anyone think we’d have a chane of getting micheal ballack? the rich mans lee mcculloch

    if not are there any alternatives, near 6ft or so who are good at arriving late on the box?

    no one say 50 pence heed?

  • 67 irish_al // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    i’d look to get zoltan gera on a free, maybe not better than our current left sided midfielders, but as good as, available for selection more than most

    even on a free we could offer him same or less wages than emre, then maybe we could sell the turkish david beckham for a few million

    also with him being hungarian he would be a good mentor for tamas kadar

  • 68 andrew // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    I like the idea of moutinho he is young and as ronaldo did can soon gain strength with specialist training whilst adapting to the epl. Talk of henry and Deco is nice and they are bioth class but for waht we will have to pay i.e at least 15 mil each we will get nowt back for either and thety only have say 3 yrs each left max . i would rather we looked at players under 28 that way we can get a good period of time out of them not just a quick fix. fair enough if they give experience and are inexpensive but i feel we have a core of experienced older players already. i would personally love to see us go for david bentley or mark noble both good young english lads arshavin is class and would be a great addition not sure who it was who mentioned heskey that is just daft talk i think crouch could be a good option up front maybe roque santa cruz from blackburn ? anyway i think moutinho would be great and if its only ten million i think thats a steal add to that metzelder who is a complete pro at the back i think it augers well for a top 7 finish next year lets not get too exited like we always do only to end up dissapointed i think 6th or seventh is realistic anything above that is a bonus

  • 69 euanpolo // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Pienaar unsure of Everton future

    Pienaar hopes to remain in the Premier League
    On-loan Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar insists he may have to look for other clubs if a permanent move to Goodison Park cannot be secured soon.

    The 26-year-old joined the Toffees on a one-year loan deal from Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season and is keen to remain at Goodison Park.

    Pienaar said: “I can only wait for a few more days for Everton to reach agreement with Dortmund.

    “If that’s not forthcoming, I will need to pursue other options I may have.”

    He added: “At this stage I’m in the dark but only when Dortmund give me the go-ahead can I start to negotiate with any possible club.”

    I have enjoyed my time here. But the clock is ticking for me

    Steven Pienaar

    A clause in Pienaar’s loan contract allows him to leave Dortmund for £2.2m but that arrangement is due to expire at the end of the month, while his permanent Dortmund contract runs until June 2009.

    “Obviously they will only give me this permission when they have reached an agreement with a club that wishes to buy me, but so far I have not been informed by Dortmund that they have reached agreement with Everton.”

    606: DEBATE
    Surely at £2.2m this is one of the bargains of the century for a player with his quality


    The South African international has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Newcastle and Valencia in recent weeks but at present he is not looking to move on.

    “At this stage, no,” he added. “I have enjoyed my time here. But the clock is ticking for me because I have a maximum transfer fee of £2.2m in my contract with Dortmund that is only valid until 30 April.

    “I cannot allow this deadline to expire because this is a transfer fee that is affordable to a number of clubs, particularly in the Premier League.”

    This is from the bbc website, lets hope kev will go in for him.

  • 70 Geordie Gerrard7 // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    i know we keep putting these names forward for transfers, but the truth is, we just get all excited when really, the only people who know what transfers will be going down, is the mort and king kev. i am quite intrigued to see what happens, but i do with all my heart think we will bid for henry! how about all of you?

  • 71 Momo // Apr 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    If reyes joins, i will laugh. i hated him at arsenal and i found him particulary boring. If keegan brings him in, i would expect him to be another alan smith and i would hope we booed every time he got the ball.

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