There is significant and persistent news this morning that Joe Kinnear, manager of Newcastle United is racing against time to sign 22 year-old Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon, for a fee close to £11M.
Miguel Veloso – Newcastle target today?
That’s the good news, the bad news is the main report comes from The Sun.
But Joe Kinnear has already said he want s to bring in new faces to the club and worked until midnight last night in an attempt top line up players for today.
And Joe has even been quoted as saying Veloso is a target, which will certainly please Newcastle fans this morning, since we’ve been linked with this player for over a year now.
Speaking to reporters after the game against Sunderland, Kinnear said:
“He is definitely a realistic target.”
We know Bolton were in for the player but the fees banded about range from £8M on the low side to around £18M on the high side, but often these fees are lower than reported – we hope so anyway, because Newcastle have cash to spend given that Given has gone for an estimated £8M and The Zog should go today for around £6M.
But both clubs must agree a fee, and if that is possible, which we think is unlikely, Newcastle will try to get the deal done just as soon as possible today.
The Sun also estimates that a central defender is on the way for the Magpies, although no names were mentioned, but that seems like it could be true.
Joe last night said he wants more experience in defense, and his move for Sami Hyypia was blocked by Liverpool, although Sami was keen to come to Tyneside.
It remains to be seen if Joe goes after another experienced center-back now, or waits to get Sami on a free transfer in the summer, which he could get wrapped up right now. He’d be a great short-term signing for a couple of years for Newcastle.
Veloso can also play in central defense of course, but we would have thought that Joe wanted Miguel in a more forward role at Newcastle.
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