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Should Newcastle Go For Deco?

8:30 pm, Saturday, May 17th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

Frank Riikaard will be leaving Barcelona as their manager, and is to be replaced by Josep Guardiola this summer.


Deco – is he too old and injury prone?

Seems like it is a good time to have a bit of a clear out at Barcelona, and there may be a few players Newcastle could persuade to come to Tyneside.

The big name that is leaving in the summer is Deco, and while the Brazilian-born Portugal International turns 31 in August, he could make a big impact to Newcastle’s midfield, in terms of creativity.

One player we have been repeatedly interested in is Iceland International Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has struggled to make any impact at the Nou Camp, since his £8M move from Chelsea two years ago.

These last two seasons have really halted Eidur’s career dead in the water, and it has turned out it was a bad career move for him, to move to Barcelona, whether he admits it or not.

But he is a proven Premiership player with Chelsea, and we think he could do a job for us up front, and he certainly scores a lot more goals than Alan Smith, that’s for sure.

Keegan has been set the target by Newcastle’s hierarchy, of breaking into the league’s top-six and 5th place is our official target, and it seems Kevin believes the Portugal international could add much-needed creativity in the Newcastle midfield.

Deco has admitted his days at the Catalan club are numbered, and said a move to the Premiership League is a possibility.

He was quoted last week as saying:

“The club spoke with my representative and I know that there are offers, I am going to negotiate.”

“I don’t want to leave Barca with problems.” “Barca people come and go, but the club continues, and me going is not the end of the world.”

“I want to be where I am wanted and when things end up this way, it is best that you go. I thank the club for being honest with me.”

“I will go to England or Italy, I am sure. I won’t stay in Spain because the only club that is of Barca’s level is Madrid and I would never go to Madrid.”

But we think it will be a long shot for Newcastle to convince Deco to come to Newcastle.

We are not exactly a big club right now (note the current tense), and we cannot offer him European Football next season, so we think he may end up elsewhere, if there is interest shown by the bigger clubs.

This summer may be difficult for us in our recruitment, but we really believe we can do very well next season, and next year at this time should be a lot easier for us – to attract the world’s top talent.

Deco has also struggled with injuries recently, and that will hardly improve as he gets older. In what was another off season for Barcelona, as the club were 18 points behind their rivals Real Madrid, Deco made just 14 starts.

And the last thing we want at the club next season are more injury-prone players.

We already have one with our current creative midfielder Emre, whose last game for Newcastle was the beginning of February – but he’ll still be playing for Turkey in Euro-2008.

Well – what do you think?

Comments very welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Ksk // May 17, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Bring him in!

  • 2 Tomaz // May 17, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    A definate Gamble but if the right price can be agrreed then he would bring a creativitly we lack at times!

  • 3 Marat18 // May 17, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Should Newcastle go for Deco? – NO!

  • 4 Nicke Alvaro // May 17, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Id take him even just for his immediate impact that Im sure he would bring.
    Although if there is a supposed wage cap/problem that could screw up the move and if KK wants him and its something like a wage that stops the move, Id imagine the media would run their mouths about him leaving, again… Southern scum.

  • 5 geordie_jordan // May 17, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    yes please

  • 6 Nick Dryden // May 17, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    I wish we would stop being linked with these players who have all seen better days and would just come for a final pay day. I thought our new policy was shifting away from these type of signings. Buying rejects off Chelsea, Man U and in this case Barca lies disaster. Look at Babayaro, Duff and Geremi and Smith and Butt. All journeymen on the way down. We should be looking at the PANDEVS and Veloso’s who would be around for 10 years whether they stay with us or not, at least they would have some resale value.

  • 7 Marat18 // May 17, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    He is 30 and has his best years behind him.

    Sorry, but what’s the point to sign expansive 30-years old player, who suffered from injuries this season and will be looking for his last big pay-cheque?

    The lad was ok, but now it’s a gamble.

  • 8 ende // May 17, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Bid? Why not, but I wouldn’t break the bank over him. Id love to have him but I also feel he’d be another viduka in terms of age/injury. Worth a try if we can get him cheaper than he thinks he’s worth. And who knows, there’s a good chance the bigger clubs won’t see him as worth it. I certainly don’t see Man U or Arsenal going after him.

  • 9 Nicke Alvaro // May 17, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Until we sign an Arshavin or Arda Turan or anyone else like that, Ill take a Deco for now.
    I just cant see us signing any top players anytime soon to be honest, as much as Id love to have them though, I have to remember this isnt as easy as FM.

  • 10 Hadrian // May 17, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    how is bringing in a player who was playing in the champions league semi final a few weeks ago, a gamble ?
    beardsley was older than him when he came in for his swansong , and he gave us some of the best football we have ever seen at this club at a ripe old age .

    we have no chance of deco i dont think, but i wish people would stop writing off players once they hit 30 .

  • 11 AZ // May 17, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    No No No No No!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Please God No, do we never learn from the past mistakes? This would be a big money move for Deco, but NUFC would gain very little. I know we need some experienced players to mix with the younger ones, but this is no good. Same goes for Gudjohnsen. He had his chance last season, now imo he can stew in his own greed. We dont want either of these players.

  • 12 James // May 17, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Class player, I’d have him at the drop of a hat, although like ende says, I wouldn’t break the bank for him. With regards to being injury prone, prior to this season his injury record hasn’t been that bad, and its not just been injuries that have kept him from playing this year; he fell out of favour with Rijkaard early on in the season and has been scapegoated somewhat for their dip in form. On Nick’s point, the problem is not buying players from other top teams, its buying crap players from other top teams. I was never keen on any of the players that Nick mentioned before we bought them, but Deco is in a different league.

  • 13 toon4lyf // May 17, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    a duno hes a decent player very similar to emre tho
    we shoul buy

  • 14 lee // May 17, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    yes he is a good player,,,,, BUT like it has been said to old and to injury prone. its hard to build a midfield around a player who is injured all the time… we have a few of them owen, viduka, duff, 3 big players for us….
    if he is signed it will only be for shirt sales….


  • 15 Toon_Ksk // May 17, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Oh great news. Serginho and Cafu are leaving Milan. Let’s sign them.


    Maybe Canizares…


  • 16 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    any of the big european clubs bench players would do wonders for our team, deco is by far better than anymidfielder we currently have injured or not and gudjohnson is just as good as any of the strikers in the prem and would gaurentee 10-15 goals a season, also it is because we are buying the crap players from the good teams nick but do agree we need up and coming stars also, these guys have still got it and deco showed that against man u

  • 17 Newcastle United. // May 17, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Addition to the squad, Why not? He’s better than what we have. Alot better.

  • 18 alex // May 17, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Deco is past his best but still has class. In my opinion he doesn’t have the strength for the Premier League and I’d rather have a younger creative midfielder in the team. We’ve already got an ageing team – Butt, Geremi, Cacapa, Beye, Faye, Viduka and Owen and it’s time to buy in young players who will last us past Keegan’s reign.

    If he’d only go to a club on level with Barcelona I don’t think Newcastle is on his radar so it wont happen.

  • 19 Marat18 // May 17, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    I heard Ronaldo (brazilian one) is available

  • 20 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    alex when nobody of that standard wants him he will look a little lower, who wouldn’t want to play in front of 52000 scream geordies, ( third highest attendence this season behind man u and arsenal just shows how big a club we actually are)

    and marat ronaldo got injred for like 9 months or somthing three months ago so he would be very unfit, think he done wot owen done

  • 21 najikhin // May 17, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Toon_Ksk.. plz.. NUFC is not a place for football pensioners.. those in your list are too old..and they could barely kick a ball..

  • 22 Newcastle United. // May 17, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    najikhin, I think he was taking the mick more than anything to be honest!

  • 23 Nicke Alvaro // May 17, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    To be fair, in relation to his comments, how many clubs on the level of Barca will want him?
    Maybe when he realises the best he could hope for is European challenging side, like us hopefully. He might change his tune, that being said I wont question his ability just his mentality, if he doesnt show any desire to join then I wouldnt want him, but if he said he would like to play then I say why not?
    Does anyone know if hes playing tonight against Murcia? Im watching something else atm.

  • 24 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    najikhin i think he was being sarcastic

  • 25 CRAIGG // May 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    If we cannot get Veloso or Arshavin then Deco would be a good signing.

    We need a CM more than anything else and Deco is still one of the best.

  • 26 Marat18 // May 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM


    i think that was a kind of irony from Toon_ksk,
    as well as in my comment about Ronaldo.

  • 27 NUFCFAN // May 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    This is the type of rubbish that infuriates me and should to everyone.
    Its dead money and makes us look a laughing stock again, why people rate gudjonsen I never now. He left Chelsea at his peak ruined his career and has nothing to offer.
    But young raw talent, I would much rather take as many young players possible.
    There are so many players out there to buy than, clubs can take bar a handful of top European clubs like Madrid etc everyone wants to be in the prem

    Man city took great players last year with nothing to offer. Now they are leading the chase for dos Santos, who is a much better investment than let’s stop listening to crap and get excited about the gomis players of this world

  • 28 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    nufcfan you would have been pleased then when THE MIRROR said we had bid £9m for gomis 2day

  • 29 CRAIGG // May 17, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Have you watched Gomis because he’s hardly impressed me when ive seen him, He reminds me of Andy Cole in his Man Utd and Blackburn days misses 5 chances and Scores 1

  • 30 AZ // May 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Craigg- I’ll take that if he gets ten chances a game LOL:)

  • 31 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    craigg when you see him at his best you will be impressed reminds me a lot of drogba and adebayor but also oba martins a bit, now all those likings in one player is definately (decent) then isnt it

  • 32 Marat18 // May 17, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    The Mirror? I’m not aware of brittish press (I know that Sun is cr@p), so how reliable it is?

    And I also heard today that Pandev demands tranfer from Lazio. We were linked with him in January.

  • 33 CRAIGG // May 17, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Therefore we need a Deco to set up his 10 Chances a match!

    P.S. Scottishmag, That article is dated 17th March.

  • 34 CRAIGG // May 17, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    The Mirror is about as reliable as Geremi in the 100m Olympic Sprint final.

  • 35 CRAIGG // May 17, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Yes true he hasnt played well when ive seen him but he must be good to have these huge ammounts of money mentioned about him.

  • 36 SAS // May 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    I’d be interested to see a poll on this

  • 37 Owen_10 // May 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Arshavin! Deco would do though on the cheap but even 10mil is far too much.

  • 38 Alex // May 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Deco is past his best, he is getting to old to come to the premership it would take him a while to get used to the pace of english football and i have reservations about him being able to handle it.Also he will not come cheap and the question is would he fit into our new wage structre.we should make a move for assati of PSV Eindhoven the lad wants away and is young and skillfull and has had alot of European games under his belt for PSV.

  • 39 toonbarmy // May 17, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Two potential targets have scored tonight. Gomis and Diane both on the scoresheet.(The goals from Diane appear to have saved psg from relagation)

    st etienne 4 monaco 0

    gomis 3,6
    dernis 32
    feindouno 82

    sochaux 1 psg 2

    diane 22,82

  • 40 Nick Dryden // May 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    I take your point Hadrian about Beardo coming in for his swansong at the age of 31 and indeed playing arguably the best football of his life.
    However, Beardo was teetotal, looked after himself, didn’t get injuries and was coming home to an area he knew well and in Keegan to someone he had played with successfully in a Newcastle team previously. By all accounts Deco is very fond of the sauce!!! Also Beardo was 12 years ago and the pace of the premiership at 31 for an overseas player now takes a lot of adjusting to.

  • 41 chuck // May 17, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Nope, past his sell by date, probably want big bucks. This policy has been tried in the past, Kluyvert etc. there are younger men with the same talent levels ,Arshavin and McGeady,for probably the same kind of money, how many seasons would the club get out of Deco?
    Sorry the fans say no!

  • 42 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    craig sorry about that but i did see an article today about it but cant remember where got mixed up with that one as i thought it said 17/04 instead of 03 but there is apparently scouts at st etienne’s match today watched gomis and also at psg’s who watched diane, apparently

  • 43 Spyro // May 17, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    guys have you actually read his comments? if you haven’t please read them, and if you have read them already please re-read the last comment he made.

    “I will go to England or Italy, I am sure. I won’t stay in Spain because the only club that is of Barca’s level is Madrid and I would never go to Madrid.”

    He is clearly looking for another top club and we are not in this bracket. He is arrogant and no longer a consistent performer anyway.

  • 44 ronaldeano // May 17, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    He is to small, at 31 i dont recon he could cope with the pace of the PL, he is a decent player, but the pact is he has been playing in a team that has the best players in the world, which makes his job easyer.

    Big name = big wages = waste of money!

  • 45 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    see lens got relegated does anyone no if they have any players worth going for such as akale, dindane or monterubio

    and that is barca winning 5-1 now etoo, henry and a dos santos hat trick wouldnt he be worth a go

  • 46 ronaldeano // May 17, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Lens are shite, they are the equivelent of the things that Norris off Corrie puts in his eyes to try and impress Rita! :)

  • 47 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    sorry dont watch corrie ronaldeano so dont know what you really mean except they are shit

  • 48 ronaldeano // May 17, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Ive got no choice Scottish mag, wor lass loves it!

  • 49 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    wotever keeps em happy eh

    im more of a hollyoaks guy myself( i know sad) its really just somethin to watch b4 the highlights on setanta of the budesliga, eredivise, and portugol

  • 50 Dondatta13 // May 17, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Rather have a B&W Van man ….. ;)

    Van der Vaart for the Toon lol

  • 51 Victor Meldrew // May 17, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    The Glums. Now that was a soap

  • 52 scottish mag // May 17, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    looks like deco is actually a target for us

  • 53 Ashton // May 17, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Gomis was awesome tonight he scored two goals and assisted one !
    and M’bia scored too

    imo we should get bafe asap because he looks promising

  • 54 iain // May 17, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    if were not going to bring in top young players right now for whatever reason i would rather go with steady reasonably priced average age 22-28 pl exp players then take a punt on deco.

    eg highly rated exp foriegn ch cacapa or average big lump with pl exp faye which has been better for nufc ???

    granted there are exceptions like beye but hes never had injury problems also his cost is average.

    deco would be like emre but older more expensive and with even less resale value, you think deco would give up say80kpw here if it didnt work out after 1 season, doubt it he would hang around and collect every penny.

  • 55 iain // May 17, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    no wonder MA wants us looking at foreign players, teh mail reckon spurs want…

    oh dear oh dear…

    ashton for 15m, 15m ????????????????????????

  • 56 Whitey // May 17, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that he says “I won’t stay in Spain because the only club that is of Barca’s level is Madrid”. This quote gives me the impression that he wants to join a club at the same level as Barcelona and are Newcastle at that level – I don’t think so.

    I don’t want him and i don’t think he would come

  • 57 Toonloony // May 18, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    I say No!!! Think we should get a decent creative midfielder without the big player tag,too much in wages and too big an ego!!!! Also why does everyone keep having a pop about Nicky Butt, he may be cracking on in years but he has been our best player this season!

  • 58 geordie nick // May 18, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    deco is well past his best but hes still a lot better than any of the midfielders we have here right now

  • 59 Leo // May 18, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    WELL PAST IT please say it aint so

  • 60 craig chisholm // May 18, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    forget it, 31 years old, what us the point. its nothing more than a bacrca cast off cos he is past his best. all you people saying bring him in must be nuts. he is finished, rememeber another world class name we brought in who was just not hungry anymore………kluivert!!! this bloke will demand a big salary and add nothing to our first team other than the name he carries. besides, i am sure that we are not in for him anyway, its just drivel newspapers sying the keegan wants him. i have looked everywhere and there does not seem to be one recent quote from keegan saying anything about him so i am buggered if i know where the papers are getting this crap from! now, gudjohnson i would say yes too, although i am not sure i would have him over crouch to be honest.

  • 61 seetow // May 18, 2008 at 5:31 AM

    here’s my opinion on this. yes, many of you talk about how peter beardsley came to the toon and played some tremendous football for us, even when he was over 30.

    yet, this man is not peter beardsley. beardo was already accustomed to english football before he came over and did not have to alter his playing style just for the league.

    remember shevchenko anyone?

  • 62 Taiwantoon // May 18, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Hope we are not going for him personally. He was good, but it would be a bid that is 5 years too late. Shevchenko is an example of top foreign stars fail to cut it in the EPL at the age of around 30. Veron is another one.

  • 63 Swepalle // May 18, 2008 at 7:13 AM

    Yes ……sign him

  • 64 Cyprus Mag // May 18, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    It’s all academic. He’s exactly the trophy signing Mort has made clear he doesn’t want.

  • 65 Cutter // May 18, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    This is the nam who can help to bring other good players, so cut the crap.

  • 66 Cutter // May 18, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    Anyway he won’t come, be honest guys…

  • 67 vincent // May 18, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    “I will go to England or Italy, I am sure. I won’t stay in Spain because the only club that is of Barca’s level is Madrid and I would never go to Madrid.”

    Does anyone think newcastle has equal level with madrid? So i do not see chance he is coming even if offered 2 times wage hes having now..

  • 68 Ian // May 18, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    He may be good, but in truth he has had one ok season-same as Oba this year, then one better season with 14 goals, before that nothing.
    Cisse scored every single year for 6 years and averaged 11 goals per season including being out with a broken leg and playing often from the bench. I would rather pay for a cert with an odd personality.

    Deco would be good for us at the right money if he was interested, our best midfield players havent been young, Butt, Solano and Sibieski, I think a reasonably old experienced midfield player would be a good idea, then a young hopeful and Lua Lua.

  • 69 tooninoz // May 18, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    An interesting link from Goal, via Deporte, the Catalan sports section;

  • 70 Lew Davies // May 18, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    What worries me more, is that in failing to sign all our targets over the summer, the pressure to sign SOMEONE, will result in Mort doing a shepherd and signing a big name to appease the fans. This would be a huge mistake yet again. I would rather gamble on younger players, with or without epl experience. At least you can recoup some cash if it all goes wrong.
    Just hope the Team stick to whatever plan they have got and hold their nerves, and if necessary splash the cash to get the RIGHT players.

  • 71 craig chisholm // May 18, 2008 at 8:33 AM

    besides, we should look to our own team first and see what can be done in terms of putting players into their correct roles. put zogs in alongside barton, get SWP on the right and milner on the left. with duff back up as milner can switch to either right or left. Get in crouch or gudjohnson as i see that pompy are playing down the crouch rumor. try to get a top draw centre half too as talor is not the complete deal as of yet and is still mistake prone.
    i see that spurs are maybe going for eto’o ffs. they are spending massive, its going to backfire if they dont get a champ leage spot thats for sure. plus spurs are looking at dunne too. what is it with our tartgets and spurs??

  • 72 Nick Dryden // May 18, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Ronaldeano – Sorry but some of the smallest players have been the best in the premiership.
    That isn’t an argument for not having him. It’s all the other factors.

  • 73 Magpie6699 // May 18, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Deco wouldn’t come and not sure he’s right. Gudjohnsen could be excellent – if he’s still got the pace and strength he used to have. Anyone seen how he looks when he does get on these days?

  • 74 chennai toon // May 18, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    some bad news in the papers today………….
    1)dunne wants spurs move
    2)chelsea are chasing deco
    3)riise wants schalke move……………………

  • 75 robertsa // May 18, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    like i said for davids he may not get played but it would be great to have him working with the likes of milner, nzog, kadar and zamblera.

  • 76 Exiled Geordie // May 18, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    The guy spends more time in bars than on the pitch,we have to stop giving these type of players on e last pay day.He was one of the best and no doubt will from time to time show what he is capable of but its far to big og a gamble.We need to bring in some team players who are hungry,KK has a huge job on his hands

  • 77 OzZyMagpiE // May 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    dunne wants spurs move… wow

    guyz juz let spurs buy every player….. how abt we declare our interest in random players like from kuwait or i dunno malaysia or some random south amercian n hype him up…. c if spurs but em too =p

  • 78 Hamas (51times) // May 18, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Dunne would be an ok signing, Riise I wouldn’t really care if he came as long as he wasn’t on high wages and I don’t want Deco.

  • 79 Taiwantoon // May 18, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Why would Chelsea want Deco when they ovbiously have better ones? Anyway, I don’t think any of the big four will want a Barca reject who is well over 30.

  • 80 Ian // May 18, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    I agree about this business of going for people and failing.
    Spurs and West Ham are a pain.

  • 81 Ian // May 18, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Where is Anelka going???

  • 82 Bots // May 18, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    I think I’d be over the moon if he came, but if he chooses to go elsewhere he’s an injury prone has-been.

    Doesn’t that sum it up?

  • 83 clinta // May 18, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    you mentioned the right player ed, he’d be a new emre if we signed him, hope it doesn’t happen,

    i’m also glad that MA’s policies will stop players like eider from coming to us too, a couple years ago yes, not now!

  • 84 Dennis Wisearse // May 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    Seems like he wants to go to a big club in either italy or england, with european qualification, so i doubt newcastle is even on his list of desired clubs. If he wouldn’t play for Villarreal or Atletico M. (who are both qualified for Champions Cup) then why would he want to come to us?

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