The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle would like to bring a central midfielder from Glasgow Rangers to Newcastle for a loan spell, and we’re not talking about Barry Ferguson.
Pedro Mendes – loan move for Portuguese star?
Pedro has lots of Premier League experience of course, first at Tottenham from 2004-2006, and then he had a couple of seasons under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth before being transferred to Rangers in the summer.
Pedro started his career at Vitória Guimarães in 1998, and finally joined FC Porto in 2003, where he won the Champions League, Portuguese Liga and the Portuguese Super Cup under a certain manager named Jose Mourinho.
Pedro played around 30 times for Tottenham and 58 times for Portsmouth and has so far played around 17 games for Glasgow Ranger and he scored 8 goals during that period.
The 5’8″ midfielder also has a couple of caps for Portugal and will turn 30 next month, but he has the experience and will provide some creativity in the middle of the park for Newcastle, which is lacking with Joey Barton being out. But we seem to remember that Pedro has suffered quite a few injuries during his career, so he may be a little injury prone.
The loan deal would be with the understanding that Newcastle can sign him in the summer for an amount negotiated this month. He moved from Portsmouth to Rangers for £3M in the summer, so we would expect the amount to be around that figure.
The Mirror however is saying the deal could be struck for as little as £1.5M and if that’s true, that would be a good deal for Newcastle United, who can attract Pedro to Newcastle because of a better class of football and a higher wage.
That would seem a decent deal for Newcastle because we can see how Pedro performed for Joe at Newcastle, before deciding on whether to sign him permanently.
And while we’re doing business with Rangers maybe there are one or two other players, some youngsters maybe, that we could take off their hands, as manager Walter Smith has to reduce the wage bill at the Scottish giants in January.