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.