Newcastle Said To Bid £4M For Raul Meireles

Good news in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle are still pursuing 25 year-old Portugal International central midfielder Raul Meireles.


Raul Meireles £4M bid for Portuguese midfielder

We have already reported the news that the Portuguese International, Raul Meireles has emerged as a player that Joe Kinnear could be interested in bringing to Tyneside, and the news was first reported 8 days ago in the News Of The World.

The Daily Mail says today that Newcastle are ready to make a £4M bid for the player, but presumably we still have to sell some fringe players before we can buy.

The news that we may be after Nigel Quashie today was disappointing, but if we can bring in Meireless with Quashie, that would be a bad couple of players for just £4.5M. And thyewn the central midfiled would be fought out between Butt, Guthrie, Barton, Meireles and Quashie.

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 this week, but this is all about getting more depth into the squad after all.

The 5’10” central midfielder has played over 80 times for Porto and 15 times for Portugal, and he looks a good player who would certainly improve the Newcastle squad, and add significant competition for places.

Meireles is said to be a good all-around attacking or defensive midfielder, with good passing abilities and good long-range shooting, and has done well at Porto, since joining them from Boavista in 2004.

The previous news was that FC Porto wanted £8M for their highly-rated midfielder, but that seemed far too high at the time, and £4M would appear to be a good deal for Newcastle.

But presumably we still have to sell some of our fringe players before we can bring new players into the club, and that will not be easy — let’s face it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to disappoint but there has been nothing about this in Portugal, even n the last 3/4 days since the news borke in England.

    Ed – He’d be £8mil minimum.

    I dont think this rumours carries any weight, shame because he is the perfect player for us.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    So that leaves us with Quashie 🙁 Doesnt look so good now.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    sell geremi for 2 mill and were a 1/3rd there i reckon they ll sell for 6

  • workyticket

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    “The news that we may be after Nigel Quashie today was disappointing, but if we can bring in Meireless with Quashie, that would be a bad couple of players for just £4.5M.”

    I think you’ve made a typo there Ed, shouldn’t it be ‘wouldn’t’?

    Meireles is the real target for Kinnear and Wise, they’ve been scouting him for a while and they’re definitely going to bid for him. £4 million is quite low though if they want to get him.

  • GSfan

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #5

    @Toon_Sydney: The reported figures for Geremi’s fee seems to be in the range of 1-1.5M Euros.

  • Tom1664

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Considering the number of signings the press gossip columns got right over the summer, I think we can safely say that if we make any signings we won’t hear about them until they’re truly on board

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    tom_toon do u no if porto are struggling financially or in heavy debt? neva no but i doubt it

  • Wilad

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t have a problem with Quashie coming – he gives us another central midfield player to atleast have in the squad. What is disappointing is that this is not coupled with other stronger signings. I don’t want us to build like Citeh as I think what they and Chelski do is just boring and takes the fun out of football. Lets just hope for another Bassong / Collo / Guti etc. Keep the faith everyone!!!!!

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone think the papers know about as much as we do? Go through every player they link us with and see which ones materialize and it’s about 1 player in every 100. That offer on Meireles would be too low but that just about sums up ashleys tenure here when it comes to transfers, put in really low insulting offers and hope for the best.

  • Wilad

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Start low and finish lower – if we bid 8 mil they’d ask for 10 mil – Lets not be soft here. they know a little about what they’re doing.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #11


    What would this player be like for us say the Porto directors were drugged and accepted our £4 million bid.

  • stevep

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Meireles would be perfect and is just the type of player we need, can’t help thinking 4 million is to low though, agree that 8 million looks like it

    So who do we sell that’ll raise that sort of cash?

  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    merielles is just what we need

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m always going to be doubtful over Portuguese midfielders after Hugo Viana.

    When we bought him I was seriously excited – European Young Player of the year, on the fringe of the full national side…

    To be fair we always played Viana out of position but he never looked like he could handle the pace of the premiership.

    I guess I’ll have to reserve judgement on this lad.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    at least if he was fat freddy he woulda bout him unlike tightass ashley

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    bought* ^^^

  • joonzy

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    would you sell him for 4 million? 10 maybe, but 4 million is a joke

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    This player is brilliant. 4m is to low for his quality

    The fat bast@rd wont put his chubby little fingers in his pocket, even the Milner money has disapeared?

    Lets face it, MA is a crook, a thief, and he is bleeding this club dry and selling for a tidy profit


  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #19

    I would try to get Dietmar Hamann back. He’s out of contract in the summer. He may be 35 but he’s still quality.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    i see his number 16 at porto and that numbers available here, thats what the journos have jumped on lol

  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    hamann is slower than butt, hes finished plus hes now out for 3 months

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    more crap

  • Darling27

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Quashie coming to the club full stop isn’t good.

  • DanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Aint gunna happen! Porto are still in the Champions League, and Porto itself is a very beautiful place to live. Why would he leave that to come here!?

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #25

    The old Hugo Viana argument will always come up but if we had chased the right guy a certain world player of the year then we would be portugeese mad! Plus i will always say Viana was always played as a winger. he should of been trained and studied under Gary Speed! that was his preferred position!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #26


    Newcastle is a beautiful place to live too. Are you forgetting the bigg market on a Friday and Saturday night ? lol 🙂

  • DanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Viana is good, never given a chance. That was one rare mistake good old Sir Bobby made as manager!! Portuguese players are quality, their national team is better than ours, which is why they knock us out of every tournament lol!

  • DanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry Born Again lol…

    I forgot Byker n’ Jesmond etc is right up there with Porto, he’d be a fool to turn us down lol!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Raul Meireles is every thing, he has got steel in ambundance, thats why he’d be great for us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    good at everything*

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Sell Xsico and Geremi then 8M buy Raul Meireles

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #32

    NotW and the Mail… It must be true, surely those quality rags don’t lie…?? (Do they??)

    Would love to have him … but What a load of dogs dangly bits!!!

  • chuck

    Jan 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Meireles si Quashie no !

  • workyticket

    Jan 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #34

    DanToon // Jan 13, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    “Sorry Born Again lol…

    I forgot Byker n’ Jesmond etc is right up there with Porto, he’d be a fool to turn us down lol!”

    Don’t forget the sophisticated “cafe society” of Elswick, Benwell and Fenham. 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    PONS AELIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are a PONS if you think Hamar is worth more than 20quid
    He cannot last more than 25 mins on the field.
    No better than Butt although he can pass the ball sometimes

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Didn’t say he was worth anything mate. Just said he was worth signing. Just my opinion.

    Hamann was statistically the best passer and tackler in the premiership in his day.

    I’ll be honest I would worry about his fitness level, but he’s better than some of the players we have.

  • Ericles

    Jan 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    From scanning the aether it seems he is a quality player of the type we need. Any haggling and we could always sling Zog in as a part of the deal? Or, to confuse matters, we could always ask Ashley for the cash?

  • Alex

    Jan 13, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Or we could offer Enrique as part of the deal then swap Nzogbia for Shorey plus cash . Trouble with that would be 2 in and 2 out when we need more numbers . On the plus side we would be getting rid of Nzogbia who we now need to kick out of the club

  • shearer4pm

    Jan 13, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #39

    i reakon that porto would see that as a disrespectful offer, and i would agree tbh, 6mil+geremi i reakon

    were gonna start getting on clubs nerves, cant offer rubbish money for there best players.
    2.9 for rozenal in the summer
    2.25 for faye
    12m for milner, wheres it all gone 🙁

  • Doocey

    Jan 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Agreed, would be a great signing 😀
    Not going to come though


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