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Newcastle Still Interested in Deco

11:25 am, Thursday, May 1st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

We don’t know if this is recirculated story or something new – but news again today that Kevin Keegan may want to tempt the Portuguese Brazilian-born midfielder Deco to St. James’ Park.

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Deco – could do a job at Newcastle for next 3 seasons

Deco played in both games for Barcelona against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the European Champions League during the last week, so you would think Barcelona still think highly of him.

He is no doubt still a very skillful creative player and could do well in the Premier League.

It’s also not beyond the realm of possibility that he could be attracted to be a corner-stone of Newcastle new exciting team under Kevin Keegan, and no doubt will be told of what Kevin did in the 1990s with Newcastle United, if he doesn’t know the story already.

Deco is a proven player and can do the job at Newcastle we think, and although the transfer fee of £8M, may be high for a 30 year-old, he could do a job for the club in the next 3 seasons and wouldn’t be much of a risk.

We’re sure that’s the way Kevin will be thinking, and Deco’s experience would also be a big help to Newcastle’s younger players.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spyro // May 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    crap

  • 2 Faustino // May 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Not a chance… easily there best player on the pitch the other night.

  • 3 Rich // May 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    I watched him against Man Utd and is still a very good player, terrific passer of the ball, would rather go for someone younger though but think he would do a good job for us!

  • 4 James // May 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    I have watched most Barca games this season and Deco has been booed in almost all of them for misplaced passes.

    Yes the other night he was terrific, but all season he has been terrible

  • 5 HeronMag // May 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Faustino – I don’t know if you were watching the same match as me mate. I though Messi was their best player by a mile!

  • 6 azim // May 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    he is a terrific player and good passer but he is a lazy guy and would be 31 when season starts..so only 2 years ahead for him..8mil? ..i am not sure about this

  • 7 bennit3b // May 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    ^^ Snap (HeronMag)

  • 8 lee // May 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    im sure beardsley was older when he signd him… i know there is a differance in that beardsley loved nufc… but if deco would come then im sur kev woiuld still get the best out of him

  • 9 Jim // May 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    We don’t need another ‘old pro’ as we have plenty. We should be concentrating on younger talent.

    Remember all those ‘last payday’ clingers we’ve had in the past? He may be OK but it’s not part of the plan set out by Mort. He’s in decline.

    NO THANKS.

  • 10 sirjasontoon // May 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    How many of these articles are we going to have to endure 2 in 1 morning is going too far..

    “We don’t know if this is recirculated story or something new”

    My guess is it is recirculated garbage..Deco is well past his best and does not float my boat at all.

  • 11 lee // May 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    ,essi was the best player on the pitch…. wes brown looked good as well and i normaly dont rate him at all

  • 12 toonhitman // May 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    id prefer jimmy bullard younger and cheeper

  • 13 micepie // May 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Opinion seems to be against signing Deco, saying he’s past it etc.

    It depends if KK could revive his career and I wouldn’t rule out that happening. It’s all about reinvigorating Deco’s desire and fitness.

  • 14 Hadrian // May 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    there is a reason deco’s name has been poping up since ashley bought the club ,his agent has ties with our lahndan lot , theres a pretty good chance we could actually get him . and i dont think we’d have to worry so much about other teams .

    everyone is always so quick to write of a player looking for a swansong , didnt hear those moans when we signed keegan or beardsley for the second time .

    id like one of you to dare say you wouldnt have brought beardsley back to the club at the age we did , the guy worked miracles even then .
    never underestimate world class players with a point to prove , moreso ones still looking for their international call up .

  • 15 Leo // May 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    two words- Too Old

  • 16 Faustino // May 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Yeah fair enough Messi was pretty special but I felt Deco was a little more direct. Messi is amazing on the ball but I though Ferdinand and Brown did a great job at making sure he was ushered in the right direction most of the time.

    Fact is if you read interviews with Deco it’s going to take a crowbar to remove him from Barca…just this week in the English press he states he has no interest in playing for any other club for the rest of his career. Not the wors of someone looking to move to the Premiership.

  • 17 Spyro // May 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    i have no time for over paid, lazy midfielders who dont defend and dont turn up to training.

  • 18 Faustino // May 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    You mean half the Barca team then Spyro?

  • 19 Fernando // May 1, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    don’t mind at all.

  • 20 Bill F // May 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    He did have a very good game but then again even Shola and Titus has had very good games at times. If we got him and he played like that all of the time, great, I don’t see that happening somehow.

    Like many others on this blog I think we can do better.

  • 21 Gooderz // May 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    It’s a good move to make if he’s not overly expensive (ie. under the £8m mentioned) and we bring in a young exciting prospect in as well who can learn from Deco as he grows into the Premiership before ultimately succeeding him.

    Nuri Sahin and Steven Defour are two to look at. This is much better then signing a young player and putting a mountain of pressure immediately onto his shoulders to be a creative pivot in the team. Deco’s experience (or a similar player) would enable them to settle more quickly and give the younger player time.

    The club are being very sensible nowadays and this would continue that so we would not end up with another Viana on our hands.

  • 22 Geordie Gerrard7 // May 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    if ud have asked me 3 years ago, id have snapped your hand off, now even though still is a good player, to much money and would not appeal to me

  • 23 Nick C // May 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    You have to question the guy’s attitude. Why would he come here? For ££££££££, that’s why.

  • 24 sparetheman // May 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    I’d love it if Deco came to us but I can’t see it happening. He’s better than any of our other midfielders without question and exactly what we need – a playmaker. Can’t believe any of you wouldn’t want him in our team, even if he is getting on. Also, I don’t think he’s as lazy some of you seem to think – he’s not Kluivert in disguise, y’know.

    p.s. Nick C – why would he come here? To see if he can make it in the best league in the world maybe? It doesn’t have to be just about money.

  • 25 Joe Aussie // May 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Get Diego!

  • 26 Geordie Gerrard7 // May 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    if we got diego we could sing the D.I.S.C.O song to him, but instead in the words of D.I.E.G.O

  • 27 Sal // May 1, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    We should go all out for the young blood that really do have something to prove, Like Modric, like Van Der Vaart etc

    If we fail in landing these guys, then move for the likes of Deco, I fear if we signed him, we could have another Emre on our hands, only far more expensive in terms of transfer and wages.

  • 28 toon_boy // May 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Dont want him. Go away little Portuguese man you dont have the attitude for Newcastle or the EPL.

  • 29 Mark // May 1, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Id Sign him straight away, great player, yes in decline, but who else we going to get of his quality?

  • 30 Hadji // May 1, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Well he’s not that old guys,remember Gary Speed last season.
    Remember Stefan Effenberg when they won the Champions League
    Just look at Del Piero this season
    Remember Zola in Chelsea
    So Deco’s age is not that old,but maybe he needs a new challenge.

  • 31 Alex // May 1, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Too big a risk at his age ,although a very skillful player i doubt at his age if hew could adjust to the pace of the premership.Its a lot of money for a 30+ player thats untried in England.

  • 32 Tom_Toon // May 1, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Past it.

  • 33 Midjew // May 1, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    His experience will be SUCH an Assett.

    I think it would be GREAT to have him.

    That would be an exciting signing, who cares how old he is.

    LOOK how well ballack is playing he was 30 when signed by Chelsea.

    He has SUCH GOOD VISION!!!!

  • 34 ToonRich // May 1, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Guys, you keep going back to the reason, he’s not got experience of EPL, or he’s untried in the EPL…Deco has shown he can play against the best EPL opponents in the CL, so why would he struggle? I agree he doesnt do a defensive job, but we wouldnt be buying him for that! I wouldn’t be against signing him, but maybe look at younger players first.

  • 35 toonarmy08 // May 1, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Rather have joaquin!!

  • 36 ende // May 1, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    I’m all for bringing in younger talent, but I don’t think it’s an either-or thing. 8mil might be a little high, but frankly if we can splurge on one transfer this is the one I’d go for (ok, maybe Micah Richards first). Yes we may only get a couple years use out of him, but he’d be an invaluable immediate plugin who younger players like Lua Lua could learn from (as someone above mentioned).

  • 37 Mark // May 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Right, Ive finally settled on a list of targets:

    Goalkeepers: None, sorted for that 2 top quality, 3 young’ns.

    Defence: Richard Dunne £5m, Micah Richards £15m, Wayne Bridge £5m, Sol Campbell £4m.

    Midfield: Joaquin (yes, I know ive said he is sulky, but Id take him as he is a big name) £12m, Aaron Lennon £6.5m, Joao Moutinho £10m, Andriy Arshavin £8m, Deco £8m, Giles Barnes £4m

    Forwards: B. Gomis £9m, Zigic £6m, David Villa (worth a cheeky try) £20m, That young Swiss laddy, £3m.

    Id like 3 defenders, including Bridge, 3 or 4 Midfielders and a striker out of that lot, spending around….

    £10-15m on defence

    £20-30m on midfield

    £10m on strike force.

    Plus loads of youngsters, we would be looking to spend £40m to £65m, it sounds loads, but the money is there, KK said he wants 4 or 5 players, but doesnt mind spending £25m on one player, and the other 3 or 4 would be, as KK wants, top quality, so we should be expecting at least £50m in the window like.

  • 38 Mark // May 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    R hey man, I forgot Davey Bentley, £10m

  • 39 Mark // May 1, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    and hey this is finally it, Jimmy Bullard £4-6m, and Aiden Mcgeady £10m

    RIGHT! thats it.

  • 40 toonbarmy // May 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Don’t get Deco.
    We need somebody younger like Jérémy Menez.

  • 41 Geordie Lumberjack // May 1, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    I think Deco is still a very good player. He reminds me of Ballack with a little more flair.

    Whether he is a good buy is all dependent on how much he costs. For the right price, I think he’s a good buy.

  • 42 Graham // May 1, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    I’m still interested in Kylie Minogue but i’ve resigned myself to a life without her…

    And as for £8m – i reckon it would be a bargain in todays crazy priced world (£4m for Shola).

  • 43 Punk Skunk // May 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    It’s not the price, it’s how much in wages they cost!..

  • 44 Mson // May 2, 2008 at 2:22 AM

    get deco _NOW_ if hes available!




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