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.

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