There is news coming through that Newcastle United have entered the race to sign 22 year-old Miguel Veloso, from Sporting Lisbon, according to the player’s agent.
Miguel Veloso – Bolton and Newcastle said to be after him
That goes with the news that Shay Given did not travel with the Newcastle squad for the game against Manchester City tonight.
It’s not often that a player gives up on Newcastle United, but Shay seems to have given up the ghost on Newcastle, and not many fans will blame him for that, given how lousy we’ve been since Bobby Robson left the club.
We had heard last night that one of our targets last summer, Miguel Veloso was being pursued by Bolton of all clubs, and it would appear that has alerted Newcastle, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
Speaking exclusively to sport.co.uk, today Paolo Barbosa, the player’s agent, revealed there would be more news on the situation regarding the talks between Bolton Wanderers and Sporting Lisbon tomorrow morning, but when asked if any other European sides had shown interest he confirmed:
“Yes, Newcastle have also made an enquiry.”
Barbosa also told sport.co.uk yesterday that Manchester City had made tentative enquiries as to the player’s availability but that their interest had died since the recruitment of Nigel de Jong.
Veloso has been touted as one of the hottest properties in European football with several clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Fiorentina all thought to be interested, and Newcastle United were said to be after Miguel only last summer.
The 22-year-old is known for his combative qualities in the heart of midfield and is thought to be available for a fee in the region of £12M, but probably less than that amount.
It would seem that fee is close to the fee Newcastle should get from Manchester City for Given, and it could be well spent on bringing the 5’11” Portuguese International to Newcastle.
If Shay Given goes, which seems very likely, Mike Ashley may well face another backlash from fans, because it’s his treatment of the club, the fans and the players themselves, that is the main reason behind Shay wanting to leave Tyneside , and there’s little doubt about that.
Buying a class young player in a position we need to fill, would go a long way to alleviating the anger that will be turned against him, for driving one of our best long-serving players out of the club.