There is news in Spain this morning that Newcastle are in negotiations with Vitoria Giumares to sign their 6’4″ 21 year old striker Amido Balde.
21 year old striker Amido Balde
Newcastle have been watching the 21 year-old closely in the Portuguese Premier League, and the news is that Newcastle want to go ahead and sign the striker and bring him onto Tyneside this summer.
The reports suggest that Newcastle are willing to offer up to £5M for the striker, but there is also interest from both Tottenham and Everton in the Premier League, and he has been offered a trial by Celtic.
The giant striker has scored five goals in 18 matches this season, but he is also excellent with assists, given his ability in the air, and his top form is attracting top clubs.
The striker will be 22 in May and was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau and began his career with Sporting Lisbon’s farm team in Guinea-Bissau – Sporting Clube de Bissau – and he finally moved to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in 2008.
Baldé went on loan to various Spanish clubs ,but then last summer he was released by Sporting Lisbon, and then last August he signed for Vitória Guimarães in the Portuguese Premier League on a two year deal.
So one good question is why did Sporting Lisbon let this youngster go – and Newcastle could have picked him up for nothing last summer – and he’s played 16 times for the Portuguese U19 side and 10 times for the U20 side.
Sevilla are reported to have recently asked the Guimaraes club for the price of their top striker, but reports suggest Newcastle are confident they can sign him, and opened talks with his club last weekend.
Balde is said to be one of the top young Portuguese players, and it will be a change for Newcastle to do business in Portugal, rather than in France for instance – but it seems that Graham Carr and his scouting team have been very busy this season – and Newcastle want to arrange a deal now for Balde.
Balde fits exactly the profile of young players Newcastle want to bring into the club, and if the transfer goes through it would appear that Newcastle will not be interested in bringing Andy Carroll back from Liverpool.
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