Newcastle Could Be After Manuel da Costa

The agent of Fiorentina defender Manuel da Costa admits that a move to the Premiership may be on for the youngster, and his agent says they are already speaking to Premier clubs in the middle of the league table – Newcastle are 12th top of 20 teams right now.


Manuel da Costa – 22 year old  Portuguese defender

Joe Kinnear has said today the club have already spoken to 4 players and put in bids for them.

Franck Peslerbe, who is Manuel da Costa’s agent told Setanta Sports:

“Moving to The Premier League is an option for him, and he would be very happy with such a destination.”

“We are hopeful this will happen during the transfer window. We are in talks with clubs that are currently in the middle of the English table.”

“So moving to The Premier League is an option to Manuel da Costa.”

Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Manchester City are all reported to be after a new left-back for the January market, and maybe Manuel is one we have already put in a bid for. Apparently only one club so far have bid for his services.

Manuel da Costa currently plays in central defense for AC Fiorentina, and he was born in Saint-Max, France, but qualifies to play for Portugal through his parents. He has a Portuguese father and a Moroccan mother, and he has represented the Portugal Under-21 side 22 times.

Before joining Fiorentina this year, the 6’3″ defender was at AS Nancy and PSV.

AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus were all after the player in 2007-08, and then in January of this year he was transferred from PSV to Fiorentina, for what was described as a hefty fee.

But it appears that he has rarely played for Fiorentina since he signed for them.

Franck Paslerbe explained the reasons behind his client’s decision to leave the Tuscan club, and the main problem seems to be the differences with coach Cesare Prandelli, who has relegated him in the pecking order at the Italian club.

Paslerbe said to L’Equipe:

“There’s incompatibility between him and Prandelli,”

“Even if he plays good games, the coach says that he didn’t do well. We’re heading towards a separation.”

“Marseille contacted us, but the negotiation is still stalled for the time being,”

The 22-year-old defender made his debut for Fiorentina only on September 14th of this year against Napoli.

Despite the certainty of his departure, his destination still remains a mystery, as only one club (Newcastle United?) have stepped forward to sign him so far.

Of course he fits perfectly with the type of player Newcastle want to sign, somebody who is young and still to develop fully, and maybe his unhappiness at Fiorentina could make for a good bargain for Newcastle in January.

We will have to wait and see.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #1

    merry xmas ever1

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #2

    He turned us down in the past when Allardyce was here.

  • Doocey

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, no thank you.

    Get in Kumanovic yes please

  • nightfall

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #4

    everyone good turned us down when we had “that” as manager…don’t understand why beye & enrique signed for him, but everyone else fits the bill..

  • ed_speed

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    merry christmas.


  • NE1

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #6

    merry xmas ed harrison and all the nufc bloggers world wide!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed-you mention man city are also in the running for a left back..but i think they’re irrelevant as far as this story is concerned.

    after all…they state they’re speaking to mid table premier league teams, and man city are currently sitting in the bottom 3 after all that money spent! 😀 hahaha

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s a centre back isn’t he?

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Merry X’mas to Ed and all readers of NUFCblog, AO included. 😀

  • Luc

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Seen him many times at PSV. Nothing special and certainly no good for our starting 11.

  • It Could be Worse...We Could be Spurs (DC)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #11

    How about Nelson (Real Betis) as cover at RB, lord knows if Beye ever goes down we’re in trouble.

    He’s looked pretty immense when I’ve seen him.

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Sick of this transfer nonsense.

    Predictions for the Wigan game anyone?

    0-1 Toon i say

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #13

    spyro, 2-1 toon for me. was meant to jump into ladbrokes the day but forgot. probably best, we never win when i have coin on it

  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Merry Christmas
    I’ve got a feelin…this years for winnin

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #15


    Mate, i hope you are right. 2-1 to us would do me fine. Although, a 1-0 to us would be so much sweeter. I am loving these clean sheets we are getting on the road 🙂

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #16

    spyro-very true mate, a clean sheet would be brilliant. ok, 2-0 😀

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #17

    spot on spyro… 0-1 it is for me.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    and COME ON the TOON 🙂

  • Cooper

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Has AO been back on here since duffers heroics??

  • Darryl

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Lol, probably not. I’m fairly sure he said that he would eat his hat if we won

  • Cooper

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha get in – can u remember nando aswell?

    im sure he was a spurs fan

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #21

    cooper, he posted something like

    “b*ll*cks! oh well, see you in 2009” on some random thread a good few days ago. havent seen anything of him since then,lol

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #22

    also, nando is AO. along with fernando, and every other name he’s posted under

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #23

    You guys give AO far too much credit. He is unbelievably boring and repetitive. Forget him.

  • fostino

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #24

    we need a centre midfielder, back-up for right back, nd a L.B (despite enrique’s recent heroics lookin good) as essentials for the team!! after that we can ship a few out and in (summer time for this)….besides cacapa, he can go tomorrow!! a good set-piece taker from either of the three positions mentioned would be sweet aswell.

    merry xmas to the toon and us fans!!

  • Cooper

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #25

    by the way – where’s the recent comments bit?

  • Macas

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #26

    AO did come back on I believe and was rather gracious in defeat. Something along the lines of saying bollocks, and wishing everyone merry xmas.

  • sweendog

    Dec 25, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #27

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE and may all your christmas’s be Black n white ..
    Toon Toon .. Toon Army.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 25, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #28

    we need some creativity in midfield more than another defender. spyro – i am going with a 1-1 for wigan game, with outbound owen to score.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #29

    merry christmas to the lot of you, and also to you Ed. Thankyou for the hard work and effort you put in on a daily basis to provide the most up to date news, and for keeping everyone happy!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 25, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Da Costa isn’t a LB, he is a CB, and a talent, it all depeds on the price.

  • Bucks_mag

    Dec 25, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Merry Christmas to all on the blog

  • Lapu kia

    Dec 25, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #32

    How his teammate, Vargas(leftback)?
    Linked to us once, and can be pushed up to left midfield.
    He also doesn’t get the playing opportunity

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 25, 2008 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #33

    We need minimum 2 x central midfield players; i.e. 1 x defensive MF and 1 x creative MF; back-up LB and cover for players who may leave in January as the squad is too small.

    Who will leave in January, possibly:

    Harper (if doesnt sign new contract)
    Smith (if he’s not injured by end Jan)

    Would like to see Carrol, Xisco and a few other youngsters sent on loan to gain experience…

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Guinea Mag – just got fifa 09 and there is a manager mode, i sent Xisco on loan to Barnsley and he came back into the subs bench and against Chelsea he scored a hat rik

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #35

    it has to be 0-1 or 0-2 for me lads, i predicty a clean sheet and a great goal!

  • Alex

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Tom _Toon is right Da costa is Cb , but he can also fill in at Lb and although is is a talent we already have Bassong and Taylor that can fill those positions and are also talents . We need an experienced LB that can challenge and cover that position .

  • nightfall

    Dec 25, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    so will we sign?

    da costa or sakho

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Dec 25, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve got a sneaky feeling we might get Wayne Bridge. We definitely need a new LB for competition in the squad, that’s obvious to anyone.. Although, I still can’t understand why Enrique gets critisized and dropped so often..

    We’re obviously missing a more creative Centre Mid and a natural Right Winger.

    Owen and Vid are off in the summer, so we seriously need to splash the cash on a top drawer striker..

    Here’s hoping, and Merry Xmas everyone 🙂


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