There are reports today that both Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers had bids rejected by Espanyol for Valdo, yesterday, on the final day of the transfer window.
Valdo – Newcastle bid short of buy-out figure
As far as Newcastle are concerned the 6’0″ 27 year-old Valdo would have been the replacement for James Milner, but of course when you have just one day left, any glitch usually means the deal doesn’t happen.
Neither Newcastle nor Blackburn came close to Valdo’s buy-out clause in his contract, which is around £5.6M.
Apparently Blackburn made an opening bid of around £3.2M and while Newcastle bid higher, both bids were not high enough, and Espanyol decided they had already let enough of their players go this summer.
Reports in Catalunya say the former Real Madrid youngster, while tempted by a move to England, was certainly not desperate to move, and he will get more playing time at the club now a couple of players have left.
Espanyol were forced to sell Pablo Zabaleta when Manchester City met his buy-out clause fee over the weekend, and then let Riera go after Liverpool included Steve Finnan in the deal.
Looks like we could have forced the move if we had met the £5.6M buy out clause, because we needed someone to replace James, who is now looking like a bigger loss to us, than he was last Friday.
We have £10M in the coffers from James, but that money will not help us on the field.
Valdo was at Real Madrid from 2001 until 2002 when he moved to Osasuna, and he later moved, just last summer, to Espanyol.