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 Â£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 Â£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 Â£15M we were quoted for Deco.
If this boy is available for Â£10M we should go after him – like now.
It really depends on who Kevin wants to bring to Newcastle United in the summer, because itâ€™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 donâ€™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.
Weâ€™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.
PS – we know all about Hugo Viana failing at Newcastle but this boy will not fail.