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?