Newcastle Pursue Portuguese Central Midfielder

It’s Sunday again so we are linked with even more players, so take most of these with a pinch of salt, but it’s always at least entertaining should we say, to see who we are linked with.


Raul Meireles – good Portuguese central box to box midfielder

And one of the latest new players today we are linked with is Portuguese International Raul Meireles, who has emerged as the latest candidate to occupy the central midfield berth at Newcastle United.

This is reported by the The News of the World, so make that a rather large pinch of salt.

However, the 25-year-old is a regular in the FC Porto starting eleven, and is thought to be an excellent candidate to play in the heart of the Newcastle midfield. That’s an area we are very short in with only Butt and Guthrie fit right now, although Joey Barton starts training again next week, but this is about getting more depth into the squad.

The 5’10” central midfielder has played over 80 times for Porto and 25 times for Portugal, so he looks a decent enough player.  Meireles is said to be a good all-around attacking or defensive midfielder, with excellent passing abilities and good long-range shooting.

Raul Meireles has won the following honors at Porto but joined them after Jose Mourinho left Porto or Chelsea, in the summer of 2004.

Portuguese League: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
Portuguese Cup: 2005-06
Portuguese SuperCup: 2006

The news is that FC Porto want £8M for their highly-rated midfielder, and negotiations are currently said to be on-going with the Tyneside club, but we’re not at all sure where we will get £8M from.

We presumably have no money to spend until we can sell some of our fringe players.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    would be a great asset but im not too sure if we can afford him…

  • Toonfan1

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    He is a good player and would bring that attacking flair in the middle of the park which we have been lacking since the departure of Dyer, Jenas etc

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Probably not true. Would be nice though. A bit of class in midfield. Just what we need.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Would love to get him.

    Not a chance with Tight Ashley.

    Great player, would be exactly what we need!

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    What if Mancity signs Bellamy and Parker…then they play against us…….again

  • Toon1978

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    YES PLEASE!!!!! LOL, I don’t think anyone has come out and said we have no money to spend as yet it has all just been blown out of proportion by the media. If i am wrong someone please tell me if Ashley has come out and said there is no money. All i have heard from the papers is that we must sell before we buy but anyone in their right mind can see that is impossible for NUFC to do with the size of the squad but apart from that JK has has said he only wants to get rid of fringe players and he will receive very little for them player. There must be funds available from Ashley if he wants to keep his club in the EPL and signing someone like this will be a step in the right direction.

  • scottish mag

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    see with this comment thing now to i ave to remember that 1 million letter long password to comment everyday

  • RyanToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    hes a quality player

  • RyanToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    scottish mag

    you can change youre password mate

  • scottish mag

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    tell me how to plz

  • Partizan

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11


  • MarkO

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    He is an amzing player.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Sell Geremi and then buy him!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!Buy buy good deal!!!!!!!!!!

  • RyanToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    scottish mag

    click on you username, it should be in blue (above your comment box) then go to the bottom of your profile, it says change password, then change it

  • Waddles mullet

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Load of players linked to us but nothing happening

  • scottish mag

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    thanks m8

  • Tom1664

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Partizan – if you’re that desperate, try putting your link into a web proxy program on the internet and then keep clicking “refresh”.

    As for transfers, I hope the management have something up their sleeve otherwise it’s going to be a depressing summer for us all.

  • Partizan

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Tom1664….Nah mate i’m not desperate,just curious i guess.

  • Antti

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    I doubt this is true, but if it is and he comes in to Newcastle, then probably Barton will be heading to Portsmouth.

  • Tom1664

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha – fair does.

    Anyone got any strong opinions about Thorben Marx?

  • Leo

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    would be interesting to see what tom toon thinks of this seen he knows soo much about the portugal team given that he supports them

    dont forget to click my link, i am late and i doubt i will get above 10 clicks lol

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Was watching Sky Sports news the other day and that agent, Willie (the fraud)McKay was being interviewed…He said that we are in the process of negiotiating a big money move for a central midfielder..this could be the lad…v good player…havnt seen much of him apart from in Euro 2008 where he looked the part…
    Seen a few comments on here this morning wondering why there is money available when we havnt sold yet…If we had said there was, for example, 20 million to spend, the price of every player would shoot up and we would be back paying daft fees for average players…Beye, Bassong, Guthrie and Jonas….combined total around 8.5 million….= Boumsong signing in Jan…point made


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jan 11, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Would be a stellar signing. Him or de Jong for the defensive midfield spot. Both would cost around 8m but both would be good value for money.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

    He is probably the only good player we have been linked with this window.

    I would sell any one of our midfielders excep Barton or Jonas to get him. Sell Zog and buy Meireles.

  • Tom

    Jan 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #26

    If we can get him, sign him! For the love of god sign him! He would be an ideal replacement for Nicky Butt!

    Meireles and Barton central midfield pairing! Wow.

  • lacedaemonian

    Jan 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #27

    I agree, Tom. One rumour that I actually hope is true.

  • Doocey

    Jan 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Would be a great player for us if we got him.
    Hate the tatoo’s though lol!

  • jim

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #29

    hey-Mike Ashley!-do us all a favour and get ya wallet out! Zenit st Petersburg are open to offers for Andre Arshavin!-they have refused arsenals 10 million bid-get a 16 million bid in now with the milner money-then we will know your serious about the club- i think that sort of action is needed after uve lost king kev and sold milner etc-it will go a long way to you reclaiming your seat in the stands -money where your mouth is? why did u take over from freddy if u werent gona give us at least some hope? mid table and relegation zone struggling is no good to this massive club man! look at the fan base-it speaks volumes about the size of the club and has potential to get bigger! get ya finger out and ya wallet! u mite even make a load of money if u do-and u like money dont u mike! European football back at st james? your not very clued up about football business are u! speculate to accumulate? fone sir alex and get a clue !

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 12, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Any confimation?


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