Newcastle Now Linked With 24 Year-Old African Striker

There’s a report in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle are chasing Ederzito.

Ederzito – 6’2″ Academia striker

The lad just turned 24 lat month – his full name is Ederzito Antonio Macedo Lopes – and he plays for Academica in the Portuguese league (so we assume he has to be bright), and he stands a good 6’2″ tall.

Academia are currently 6th top of the Portuguese League and supposedly Sunderland, West Brom and QPR are some of the English clubs said to be monitoring the situation, if you believe what the Mirror is reporting.

The news is that the striker is out of contract in June, and so could become a free agent at that time.

We know that Newcastle have already drawn up a list of good players whose contracts run out this June, and also a list of players whose contracts run out in June of next year, as they could become potential targets of Newcastle at that time or even earlier.

But there was news in the People early last month that Arsenal were aware of  the African striker’s situation,  and Arsene Wenger had already sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch him.

Portuguese champions Porto are also interested in signing the striker, and are likely to rival Arsenal and other clubs for his signature this summer.

Ederzito joined Academia in 2008, after playing for Portuguese club Tourizense for a season.

The Tyneside club’s new way of doing transfer business is to get get good financial deals, and free transfers are part of that, as we witnessed in the summer when we brought in Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid all on free transfers.

And Ba is currently in second place in the Premier League scoring charts,  and he’s in the company of players like Rooney, Aguero and Dzeko who cost big money in the transfer market.

Ederzito was born in Guinea-Bissau in 1987, and this season he has scored 12 goals in 32 total appearances in all competitions for Academia,  and specifically 5 of those goals goals are in 13 league games.

He is a right footed player and with Arsenal potentially interested,  we suspect this lad is a good player, although we haven’t seen him play.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • geordiejohn42

    Jan 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #1

    1st… and if Arsenal and Porto are after him then we can’t compete with them bcos they’re both can offer this lad Champions’ League football I’d rather have Andy Carroll back tbh I think he’ll come home by the end of the season because I think Pool will get Bent.

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 2, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    The press conference would be legendary if he came back. Won’t happen though. He’ll probably end up at stoke lol

  • GeordieCoaster

    Jan 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 1-1 draw for the match on Wednesday.

  • t00ntime

    Jan 2, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #5


    really? wow with all our problems lately I was expecting a 0-5 prediction…

    guess he is taking a leaf from shearers book lol

    hope we play ben arfa on the RW if obertan is injured, pardew says his fav postion is CF but if you ask me hie BEST (not fav) is RW when he can use the touch line to dribble past defenders my mouth waters lol but now he doesnt look as great (yet again he is just coming back from injury)

    anyway I was hoping for a draw but after hearing that predictio I’m going for a 0-2 🙁 lol

  • toonbrother

    Jan 2, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Well Lawro has jinxed us I’ll be happy if we dont lose heavily. I wasnt too keen on that Maiga fella tbh and i dont know what to make of this guy. Im dubious as ive never heard of him in my life

    Thing is, we have a player in Leon Best who we havent gotten the best out of yet. He has everything you want in a big Centre forward other than prolific goalscoring but I think thats down to confidence much like Torres. I sometimes worry that Pardew’s preconceptions about him (he has implied in the past he used to see Best as a championship-level player) might be getting in the way of him nurturing him into a truly world class player. Sometimes a player needs to know the manager believes in him especially a striker. I remember Drogba back in 2004/2005 in his first season. He scored a grand total of 10 goals in the premier league but Mourinho was smart enough to recognize how much he contributed to the overall team play and kept faith in him. In the end Chelsea WON the league that season despite having a centre forward that barely scored double digits. Best holds the ball up exceptionally well. Nobody in our team receives the ball with his back to goal as well as him; in the air he’sa handful ;he wins so many cornerkicks and people dont give him nearly enough credit for his ability to run at defenders/dribble past defenders.

    I cant help but think we’d appreciate his qualities more if his name was Leonardo Bestinho or something more fancy

  • swoopingmagpie

    Jan 2, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #7

    No chance for us if these other clubs are interested in him. Players will want to come to a building club and not a dismantling one.

  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Glad to see the mackem is still around.

  • Offkey

    Jan 2, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #9

    nufc96 – why do you keep linking that stupid video? Its not even funny….I wouldn’t mind if it was….just go away you idiot, you bring nothing to this blog.

    Put simply, their a couple of ugly boys (who i do not believe are disabled) pulling faces and messing about. It is quite perverse that you like watching boys do that.

  • Offkey

    Jan 2, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Toonbrother – Best dribbling involves him putting his head down and running. More often than not he gets dispossessed or lets fly with a wayward blast at goal.

    He is your typical greedy striker but fails to get goals consistently (throughout his career). He has been especially greedy lately. Not so long ago you were calling for Jonas to be sold but your smitten with Besty….that seems strange to me.

  • Offkey

    Jan 2, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #11

    and by the way, I think Best is OK. And I wouldn’t think he was better if you called him by a different name. Its almost like saying that girls look fitter if you call them Jessica Alba (or insert other attractive ladies name here) for example.

  • chris_g

    Jan 2, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #12

    “Ederzito was born in Guinea-Bissau in 1987, and this season he has scored 12 goals in 32 total appearances in all competitions for Academia, and specifically 5 of those goals goals are in 13 league games.”

    Ed, I think you’ve got that wrong. This season he’s scored 7 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Academia. As you correctly say, 5 of those goals came in 13 league games. He also played in 3 Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) matches, scoring 2 goals, and played in 2 Taça da Liga (League Cup) matches, without scoring. I don’t know where you got the figure of 12 goals from, but according to Wikipedia that’s the total number of goals he’s scored since he’s been at the club (in 80 appearances).

    I noticed that four of his five league goals were scored in the first four games of this season, and all against teams at the bottom of the table (U. Leira, Rio Ave and Nacional, who are currently 13th, 15th and 14th respectively – in a league of 16 teams!) The goal he scored against Sporting on 18th December was his first in the league for 3 months (since the game against Nacional on 12th September).

    It makes me wonder how he’d be able to cope with life in the premiership if he’s had problems scoring in the (easier?) Portuguese league. It’s not as though he hasn’t been getting plenty of time on the pitch this season – the stats I’ve seen say that he was on for a total of 1169 minutes in those 13 league games – in other words he played the full 90 mins in 12 of them and was subbed in the 89th min in the other one. And yet he still managed to go 3 months without a goal in a relatively poor league? Blimey!

  • cyprus

    Jan 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Good analysis @12. Doesn’t exactly look like a world beater. Still have high hopes in Ranger (yep, he’s back), though he’s injured now.
    Now, if City lost to Sunderland, can’t we do the same to the weaker team from Manchester? If we play for a draw, like we pathetically did at Liverpool, we’ll lose, big. We must set up our stall for a win and then perhaps settle for a draw. At the very least, we must not play with so much fear and respect, as we did in our last game.
    Ba as a lone striker did not work out and definitely Vuckic is not ready. Also, Sammy and his brother have been consistently ineffective. So, with Obertan out, Ba can play with his very able partner Best up front and HBA behind them. This isn’t a ‘clear’ 3 up front as one or two of the above can become midfielders depending on match play / situation. So, who’ll play on the right? The slot can periodically be filled by Best, Cabaye, Simpson. Sorry Obertan fans, but he has not been effective. Proof? Much like the Chelsea clone of Duff did for a year, he has not dribbled past a single player this year.

    AP, do u read this blog to kill time? START HBA + Santon, man.

  • bro56

    Jan 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #14


    whats with the spaz attack vid.
    Not very nice on handicapped ppl or is it highlighting genetic disorders in the Indian population due to marrying their own?

    dont get it?

  • bro56

    Jan 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Best is typical of Ashleys budget buys. Simmilar to Perch, Simmo, Willo. Some come good but its a risk. Buying cheap players and offering low wages probably hoping to see them leave for a profit is ok but when your team starts filling up with them the quality in general diminishes.

    Best for me is an Ok reserve Prem player, a good CC player. We’ll get nowhere relying on the likes of Best

  • toonbrother

    Jan 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    @offkey you can say that about all strikers All strikers get dispossessed some of the time. PLease watch Best closely next time he plays He hardly places a wayward pass. His hold up play is impeccable. Other than the goals he has all the ingredients of a top premier league striker. I think the proof is in the results. He started every game during our unbeaten run and was a key contributor to our overall game

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    toonbrother, Best and world class striker in the same sentence? Dont be mad. I’m glad he stayed, but lets not expect too much. I dont think he and Ba work quite well, but dont know why Pardew loves Ben Arfa so much if he is so rigid about 4-4-2 . Obertan isnt a loss. Looks like a boadly scouted buy at the moment, and has done very little since he came. He suits Pardews tactics, that’s all.


    Jan 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Sammy hasn’t had that much of a chance
    This season but for the most part he’s been ok. made his best cameo PL appearance in Everton game when he was on the left. a couple dangerous crosses into the box in that one. My Point is he hasn’t had enough of a chance to call him ineffective!

  • zaktoon_swede

    Jan 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    i think its a good idea monitoring the portuguese/brazilian league. for some reason porto, benfica, sporting are miles ahead and there must have been like 16-17 transfers in the last eight years were they have sold the players to one of the biggest league for 16m+. surely mike ashley is aware of that?

    team for wednesday:

    ——————-ben arfa———————–

  • nufc786

    Jan 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20 not a bad player what do you guys make of him?

  • moonraker

    Jan 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #21

    I watched the Liverpool game again yesterday and I reckon we could have got a win or a draw but for mistakes; the free kick goal scenario and not clearing our lines for the 3rd goal.

    Anyway that’s history and being an eternal optimist I think we’ll beat Man U on wednesday. Fergie has to lift them yet again and there has to be a limit to how many times he can do it with one of the poorest MU squads for years.

    Our team has constantly surprised us and I think they will give us a performance on wednesday.

    Time for Ben Arfa to step up to the mark; a lot has been said and written about him! Now is the time to prove himself.

    Lets be honest if the Mackems can beat Man City then any result is possible.

    Could Man U’s fame for coming strong in the new year every season be over?

  • nufc786

    Jan 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    collo looked great at liverfool very composed. if we lose him uhhhhhhhhh

  • arctoa

    Jan 4, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #23

    If we want bargain buys we should see if FC Sion have anyone worth poaching, even as squad players. They’ve just been handed a 36-point penalty so their players will be banging on the doors to get out of that particular sinking ship.

    As for this guy, he’ll go to Porto.


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