Miguel Veloso Frustrated At Not Moving In January


Newcastle United made a strong bid to get Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese International midfielder Miguel Veloso to the Tyneside club yesterday, but as at Man City with Michael Johnson, his club turned down Newcastle’s offer.

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Miguel Veloso – said to be frustrated at Sporting Lisbon’s decision

However, maybe the good news is that the blocking of his transfer has made the player a little frustrated, at least according to his agent.

Bolton Wanderers were also interested in taking Velso, presumably to replace Kevin Nolan, who went to Newcastle United, last Thursday.

22-year-old Veloso has actually been struggling at Sporting this season with his form, and apparently showed some interest in leaving Sporting during January.

Veloso was missing from training yesterday, which added to the rumors that he could be moving to St James’ Park.

Sporting Lisbon have said they have no intentions of parting with the midfielder.

Veloso’s agent, Paulo Barbosa said today:

“Miguel Veloso remains at Sporting,”

“He missed the training session for personal reasons.”

“Nothing to do with the course of the negotiations.”

Our question would be how many times do players miss training for personal reasons – not too many, and that sounds like a piece of BS to us.

According to Barbosa, Sporting rejected Bolton’s offer, reported to be about £10.8M, and it would appear that Newcastle offered a similar, if slightly higher,  amount for the player.

Barbosa continued:

“Newcastle have made a written offer but Sporting have rejected it also,”

And then the interesting news to Newcastle, in that his agent further claimed that Sporting’s negative decision had left Veloso very frustrated at Sporting:

“He is a young man who has been given a good chance to progress abroad, and due to a lack of agreement he has to stay,”

“Obviously he is disappointed, but life must move on. This is what a footballer’s life is like.”

Newcastle hopefully will check on Veloso’s form through the end of the season, and then try for him again in the summer.

In fact a piece of the good news in January (nad there wasn’t many), was that at least Kinnear was going after some good players.

Once he does his clear-out in the summer of Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi, Xisco and maybe Owen, Smith, Enrique and Edgar too, then he’ll have a free hand at who he brings into the club.

Note to Kinnear – please get players in as early as possible during the summer transfer window – if at all possible.

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342 comments so far

  • kash@home

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think Kinnear will be our manager in the summer!!!!

    I also think that if we can go on a bit of a run of wins, lets say 3 on the trot, then we’re back in European contention.

    League places are on a razors edge this season, a run of results will see us pull away from the rest.

    However, we really lack a playmaker in our team, I think that will hinder us!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    “Lets have a look at what you could have won………” Jim Bowen.

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  • gibbotwg

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Veloso was the king of guy we needed in CM.
    Someone with a bit of skill, trickery, and who can ping the ball round the park quickly.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    he wouldnt came here , toon arent big enough for him but yet again never know

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  • pdidy

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Veloso wont come to a Championship team!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Bring in Sven in the summer – he is a well respected and high profile manager – then we will able to attract this calibre of player.

    Nobody really knows who JFK is to be fair !

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    if anyone thinks we would get veloso, i just want to tell you that we are no where near to a player of this caliber.

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  • gibbotwg

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    if we had tabled a big enough bid he would have come. that is what his agent is basically saying!

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    kash@home // Feb 3, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    I don’t think Kinnear will be our manager in the summer!!!!

    ——————————–

    Let’s hope not. He was never the man for NUFC. He is way out of his depth at a club that is far too big for someone of his calibre to handle.

    Sven is a good shout, but I’d love to see Houlier here.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Houlier is also a good call. Either would make me happy !

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Lets concentrate on what we have got, instead of what might have been.

    All negative feelings about the leadership of the club needs to be put aside now until the summer and hopefully things will change then for the better. The most important, thing is to get behind the 11 men on the pitch starting this Saturday at WBA.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Plus Sven could bring in some new south American talent? maybe ???

    2 – 1 to the toon on Saturday. Martins both goals

    Anyone going ?

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    There is not a sock big enough nor handy enough that I could shove quickly enough into the gaping cavern that is Joe Kinnear’s mouth. His management is questionable but his unprofessionalism in front of the press and his inappropriate and scandalous statements/lies are embarrassing. I would say a good proportion of the current outrage could be levelled at his loose tongue. He’s a liability.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Oi Oi charvers,
    I was totally down beat yesterday and this morning. I thort it was just the drugs like but when a heard Oba and the Duke were fit for Saturday, it sparked a bit of life back in is like!!
    A reckon, if we keep them fit, wi might just stay up yi kna.
    Wot di yi reckon?

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Has anyone heard from Stardust? or is he in hiding , ashamed!!

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  • cicero

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Veloso would have been a gamble, no premiership experience. If we paid £10m for him we would have to play him from day one while he found his feet. Not what we need at the moment.

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    SpatanChris……

    Totally spot on my friend……excellent comment

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Troy lad

    its excellent news that we have Martins, the Duke and Smithy back in contention for saturday……

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    and to your question Mr Troy….

    hell aye we can stay up

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  • square

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley forever. Ashley the Messiah! Ashley Stay! Wise Stay! Lllambas In

    Love Ashley!

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    bowburn – I agree. I’m even half convinced that if we had a decent manager, ie, Sven, Houlier, Van Gaal etc.. that we might not be in the mess we are now. Hopefully a good manager will be able to work with Ashley. After all when we had Sir Bobby we managed to do ok with a crap board, so why not now?
    Like I said earlier, I’m no longer angry, I’ve done apathy and now I’m just plain bored with it all.

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  • toontony

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    hughes has said johnson has a pelvic problem at the moment so why would we try and sign him,load of bull just made to look like we had bid prob all bids were put in low knowing they wouldnt be accepted, well done again Ashley, as for kinnear i wish he would just keep his gob shut nothing ever materialises to what he says..
    Why wait until last day to try and sign someone?
    Ashley had his chance to try and soften some of the fans with a couple of quality signings but yet again lined his pockets. sold Milner £12 Mill Given £7.5 Mill, Nzogbia £6 mill and taylor, bought xisco and Nolan….nice profit Fatso
    If we get another couple of injuries were gan down

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Mr Micky

    What do you think of Fatih Terim, the Turkish gaffer? top notch who has already been quoted stating he would like to manage the toon….

    Sven is also a possibility

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Square get back to Sunderland where you belong .

    Tooooooooooon Arrrrrrrrmy!!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Listen, i’d love a top European manager as much as the next guy, but we need to think about the regime. Keegan would have went for this kid definitely.

    It’s all down to Ashley’s way of doing things at the club. We have Kinnear who understands how important our poor financial situation is, whilst Sven/Keegan/whoever would just demand loads of cash for european players.

    This year we need to fight for safety, stay up. Next season we need to solidify a respectable position and bring in some solid, consistent players. The season after that we can think about Europe and bringing in talented youngsters.

    That is why Michael Johnson would have been a terrible signing, even Veloso. Young, (arguably) inexperienced, a little lightweight. We need fight and determination for this relegation battle.

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  • Flan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed i don’t undestand why you think weshould let Enrique go in the summer after he put in his best performance for us sinced joining us.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree we should move on, but I would like to know if we followed up our interest in Fabian Delph.

    Although £8,000,000 might not have been enough to persuade the money bags at Manchester City, I’m sure that amount of cash would have been very appealing to Leeds United, a club which is doing very well in rebuilding itself after their fall from the Premiership.

    I’m sure the Leeds board would have taken a bid of £8m far more serious than a premiership club as they could reinvest the the money back into their infrastructure and buy two or three good players at their level.

    As for us, we could have secured probably the highest rated young midfielder in England, who like Jermaine Jenas would have a value that only would go up if he maintained his current form.

    Ah well, it’s all should of, could of, would of…

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  • tino97

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Would have been happy with Veloso. But buying him in January would have been really risky. You wouldn’t know how long it would take him to settle down and get used to the premiership. Maybe in the summer if we are still in the premiership, though I imagine there will be more clubs after him!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah deffo good to see those three back, just in time too! if owen and barton hadnt been injured we might look like a team with a european spot!

    I would have taken the gamble on veloso to be fair, i think he has enough ability to cope with the prem, seems quite taylor made for it. Lets just hope that when we stay up (yes i say when not if) the summer is very productive. Hopefully we say thank you and goodbye to kinnear who i will forever hold in high regard for his effort but unfortunately he isnt the man for us to go forward. Also hope we pursue the likes of veloso and johnson and possible bent in the summer as well as a defender or two.

    Oh not forgetting dumping the dead wood!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Pons, i’m sorry, but is it just me who can’t understand why people are calling for kids to be signed?? We’re in a relegation battle!! The last thing we need is another bloody frenchy, untested at this level, who’s only 18!!!

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #33

    LooneyToon – I only know of him because of what people have posted on here. Opinon seems to be split. Some say he’s a good manager, others say he only has this reputation because he manages in a weaker league than the Premiership.

    I’m a big fan of Houlier and the work he did with Lyon to get them to the champions league was nothing short of brilliance. In my opinion it was nearly as good as what Mourinho did with FC Porto.

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Mick – ditto re your last post. Bored of the football, bored of the hype, bored of the speculation, bored of the embarrassments, bored of the in-fighting particularly on forums such as this, bored of the same old arguments. Yes Mick, bored. I’ll be back in five though………… 😉

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Flan – agreed – if we get rid of Enrique, we need to look for two left backs not just one.

    And if Owen has any decency, he’ll sign at least for another year. if not kick him out now.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #36

    AndyNUFC – fair point about Delph being untested, but he’s English.

    Born in Bradford mate 🙂

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #37

    I cannot see Kinnear leaving the toon this season or next, so it is pretty pointless thinking we would get European standard managers, even if Kinnear left, Ashley would prolly go with some manager that we wouldn’t expect coming (in a bad way).

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  • chuck

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Cicero
    Listen, the guy is a Portuguese International and has played in the champions league, you make it sound like the PL is a different sport, it`s football, believe it he would adapt like the fifty percent of non British players already playing.

    Yeah we need a manager badly and should start the search NOW.
    I would go for one of the Duch Masters.

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  • Macas35

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Its easy to blame Kinnear for all the things he’s been saying, but how much of this has come from Ashley? Maybe its the people at the top that are pulling deals and making JFK look stupid(er)

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Mr Toon….

    Get ursell on wiki (b4 some mug changes it)…it details a very fair and factual look at his career…ie the ups and downs….

    Houllier would be good for me….as would Van Gaal….might want a challenge of the prem as he is doing the biz with AZ at the moment….7/8 points clear at the top

    Mr MagpietilIdie22 – Another excellent post mate….sensible and positive…like it

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