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.
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.
“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.