Why Would Newcastle Be Interested In Another Striker?


There is news today that Newcastle may be interested in Sporting Lisbon’s Brazilian striker, Liedson da Silva Muniz, also known as Liedson.

Lieden – 30 year old Brazilian striker

We already have five good strikers in Viduka, Owen, Martins, Ameobi and Xisco, as well as youngsters coming through such as Carroll (19), Zamblera (18) and Ranger (17), so it’s the only area where Newcastle is very strong right now. It’s the defense and midfield we need to strengthen.

However the contracts of Owen, Viduka and Ameobi all come to an end in the summer, and if Newcastle are thinking of not renewing any of these, then that’s the only way this would make any sense to us.

His agent Gilmar Veloz said:

“People say Spartak Moscow is an option, but English clubs are also interested.”

Sporting President Soares Franco has said his club do not need to sell and have no plans at all to let Liedson leave:

“Liedson has a contract until 2010 and we are not looking to sell players,” he said. “Our accounts are good without player sales.”

And Sporting coach Paulo Bento says there is interest in his player, but says the player will not be leaving:

“I don’t believe I’ll lose him,” “The fact there is interest doesn’t mean anything. If we lost every player there was interest in Sporting wouldn’t have enough players to make a squad.”

The player himself seems more than happy to stay put.

“What I can guarantee is that while I’m here I will always give my maximum. Nothing has been said to me,”

“My agent is here this week and we’re going to talk about some matters. But I’m calm and I feel good at Sporting.”

So there’s a lot of quotes on the situation, but is there any truth in this?  We think probably not, unless Kinnear is looking to offload some of his current strikers. But we’d be very surprised to see a new striker come in during January, and if anything we’d expect one of our strikers, maybe Xisco, to be moved out during the January transfer window.

The 5’9″ Lieden has played 233 times for Sporting and has 119 goals since joining them from Corinthians in 2003, but he has never been capped by Brazil. He turns 31 later this month.

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30 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    5? Come off it Ed, I know you’re an optomist, 2 at best

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Liedson, hurry up and get your Portuguese passport! We need you in our national team!

    We do need another strker, not a Liedson type though.

    Owen – Leaving.
    Viduka – Love him but injury prone and probs wont be offered a new contract.
    Xisco, Martins, Ameobi – Keep
    Ranger – 5th coice, not completely ready.
    Carroll – Poor.
    Zamblera – Looks poor.

    Therefore we have 3 definite strikers, 1 who is almost read and 1 who is rarely available, we need another.

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  • Steve_48

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Keano’s walked/been pushed in a “you don’t come to work and we won’t pay you anymore” type agreement

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    See the dog w**ker has walked out on the mackem scum !!!! lmfao 🙂

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  • al gardiner

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    keano hes gone to w**k his dog every day now, love it, remember them builders saying wheres yer keegan gone, i so wish i had a spare bed sheet

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  • Nick 69

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    at least if we go down now we wont be the only north east team.

    We definitely do need another striker, owen will most likely be gone next month, viduka is never fit, xisco isnt up to it currently, ameobi is crap, smith is crap, carroll is crap, ranger and zamblera arent ready, so we pretty much have 1 good stiker who is fit the majority of the time on oba

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  • Stuart

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Stopped reading the article when I saw £20 million!

    There is no way that a Ashley regime will ever spend that much in a year, let alone on 1 player!

    All transfer stories to be taken with the preverbial pinch of salt. We won’t spend a penny in Jan!

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  • UTD111

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t believe this story Ed….but the answer to your question is simple…
    Why would United be interested in another Striker?
    Answer – because the poison dwarf is selling lil Mikey, Ameobi is crap, and Viduka is approaching retirement age!!

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  • SuperShearer

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Is he 30? For £20 million? No thanks there are better, younger, cheaper players out there.

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  • nightfall

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    too old and with no Epl experiences… there’s no way we’re interested in him… we’re building for the future..remember? colo was the oldest wise brought in and he’s 26,27…still young for defender.

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    This is just as worthy of a discussion as the other 150-odd false rumours in the last window.

    We could start one about the ones that turned out to be true… oh, wait: there weren’t any.

    Not worth the (virtual) ink, Ed.

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  • StevieA

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    He is a quality player but can’t see Lisbon letting him go. He wouldn’t be £20 million either more like £7-10 million at the most.

    A lot of quality brazillian strikers got overlooked by Brazil including Mario Jardel, Edmundo and of course Liedson. Even Adriano to a certain extent. Some of the players have a handful of caps but not a lot more than that, Brazil have an embarresment of riches upfront and of course they have been trying to fit Ronaldinho and Kaka into the same team for a few years too. Then of course you have Elano too!

    Liedson would be a quality signing. He is deadly in front if goal, pacey and have quite a lot of skill too. He could have a similar impact as Robinho in my opinion.

    Would have preferred him several years ago but I expect him to play until 35 at least, fit as a fiddle Liedson.

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  • Partizan

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    For 8-10 mill he’d be a good buy imo.
    Owen and Smith combined fee for Liedson would do for me,but 20mill for him would be a daylight robbery,i mean-Barca paid 18 mill for Henry when he was 29 i think.

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  • nightfall

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    ed you forgot to mention smith. ‘cos everyone knows he’s no midfielder…but if you all like his character (bully) & running i think haile gebreselassie would do a much better job…

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  • ditto

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    i think the 20million was a typo..meant to be 2million i think.
    see something bout it on setanta other day

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  • wigaz

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    sod that West ham are going to sell Ashton to raise funds for transfer window! if we need another striker there’s one right there, the closest to shearer around would become a Toon legend! would cost us £7-8m as their desperate for cash! hell we could even get rid of smith plus £4m! Plus if Owen goes like a lot are predicting to get Ashton in with him & Oba upfront would be unstopable! Please please buy him!!!!

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  • Partizan

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Wigaz….Good player,can’t argue with that.But what the use of that when he’s always injured.
    We need players like Coloccini,Lampard,Anelka,Kuyt type.
    Strong with high endurance.

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  • nightfall

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #18

    ashton is injured more time then owen and viduka…don’t know if that would be a smart move..he’d be on high wages..plus..i don’t rate him that much..another overrated english player…

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  • nightfall

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    wigaz – didn’t tottenham offer 15m for him and west ham rejected?

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  • wigaz

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I heard they want £18m for him anyway! far too much of a risk for that money I know he’s injured a lot but maybe thats coz he’s trying to do much upfront on his own if he had Oba or Owen alongside him they could do a lot more of the running for him, coz at west ham he & bellars have hardly ever been fit 2gether.

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  • adam

    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #21

    £20 million is to expensive for a 31 year old striker i wud lyk us to sign yakubu now and have him playing for newcastle united next season

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  • adam t

    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #22

    get heskey for £3million in january

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  • Michael

    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Too old to adapt to the prem. Don’t even bother.

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  • Colo

    Dec 4, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #24

    NO simple

    we need to sign:
    Joao Moutinho
    Miguel Veloso
    Micah Richards
    Diego Buonanotte
    Philippe Mexes
    Juan Manuel Vargas
    Breno

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  • fanny-rat

    Dec 4, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    i live in the midlands now and its nearly a done deal to take owen to the vill (villa). thats what the crack is around here.

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  • nightfall

    Dec 4, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Colo – why mexes? we have a very good cb partnership.. so mexes would be a waste of money..which we don’t have 🙂

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  • Dom

    Dec 4, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #27

    20 million for a 30 year old is ridiculous. However, for 7mil or less I would love to see him at our club.

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  • chuck

    Dec 5, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah we could use a striker but not a 30 yr. old
    Understand W. Ham have to sell Ashton to survive financially.
    Dont explain to me he`s injury prone, so are Viduka& Owen, could possibly link up well with Martins (the new Bellamy Shearer lookalikes)
    Give Xisco a shot but get rid of Owen the duke and Shola, sorry! as Shola has played hard this time around but if the club has any ambition, flog all three.
    Like COLO`s idea of Moutinho &Veloso, but dont hold your breath on that one.
    Hear Bridges is on his way out of Chelsea, would be a great addition.

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  • Sav

    Dec 5, 2008 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Daft.
    We do need another striker – the Duke doesn’t play nearly enough to make his contract renewal a feasible prospect and Shola just isn’t quite good enough – he has had more than enough chances to disprove that.
    I reckon Kevin Doyle would be great. Smart, decent in the air, good footballer, team player and can score goals as well a slay them on. If Reading miss out, we need to be at the head of the queue.

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  • Tom Wooker

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    at least all the dogs in sunderland are safe now 😉 and that includes half the mackem lasses

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