Newcastle Should Go After Joao Moutinho

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.

71 comments so far

  • izzy69rocks

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #1

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

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

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

  • broon ale

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    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

  • joel

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #4

    sorry ed harrison about that

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

  • broon ale

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #6

    geordie gerrard. maybe we should sign your girlfriends nephew!


    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

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


    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #9

    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. 🙂

  • scott9

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

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

  • Marguerite

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • broon ale

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    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..


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #14

    No thanks!

  • Jonny

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    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?

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #16

    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

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

  • Hadji

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

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

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

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

  • Toon Al

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #22

    how old are u tom_toon out of interest?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #23


  • Toon Al

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

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

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

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

  • Toon Al

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #26

    fair shout, just wonderin

  • ende

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #27

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

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #28

    ende, i also wonder about that.

  • stk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #29


  • faustino

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #30

    That would be the ‘royal’ we boys! 😉

  • Whoopie Goldberg

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #31

    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.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Pieenar is good, hardly young.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #34

    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

  • Spyro

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #35

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

  • Spyro

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    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!

  • Cape Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • Carr is shite

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • wsq

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #39

    over rated

  • Tore Torell

    Apr 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #40

    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.


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