Good news today that Newcastle United are understood to have entered the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfield star Miguel Veloso.
Miguel Veloso – great Newcastle target
The very highly-rated Portugal international has already been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham.
However, the good news is that of those 3 teams, Newcastle is said to be the only one so far, which has made a firm approach for the player.
We will not have to raise our hopes too high on this one, but you cannot criticize Newcastle for not going after the very best players, since Velosa is an excellent player already and a great prospect for the future.
Reports suggest Newcastle are willing to offer around Â£15M for the youngster, and will offer Miguel a five-year contract at St James’ Park.
Sporting have previously said they will not sell for less than around Â£23M so any deal could still be a long way off.
But it will also be important for Newcastle to try to get a deal done very quickly, and not risk some other club coming in – as was the case with Modric – and take the player from under our noses.
Of course, we do understand we are not in a particularly strong position for the top players, but hopefully Kevin will talk to each potential target and describe his goals for the club. That should help.
Veloso is Portuguese and plays defensive midfield for Sporting Lisbon, but he can also play as a center-back or left-back. He is also a threat on set pieces with his free kicks.
Miguel started his career at SL Benfica where his father, Antonio, was a famous footballer. But at the age of 14 he switched to rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he has now played for 5 straight seasons and eventually made the first team squad in the 2004-2005 season.
He stands 5â€™11â€³ tall and has played for Sporting Lisbon 22 times.
Last August, Miguel was called up for the Portuguese national squad for the first time, for a European 2008 qualifier against Armenia and he eventually made his full international debut for Portugal against Azerbaijan on 13 October 2007.
Of course lots of fans will remember another young Portuguese player Hugo Viana, for whom we paid close to Â£10M, when Bobby Robson was manager, and he just didn’t make it at Newcastle.
Miguel has so far played 5 times for his country.