Newcastle In Negotiations For Top Portuguese Striker

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.

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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32 comments so far

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Balde… get in… he would be a quality youngster to have… Portuguese Andy Carroll…

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    never seen or heard of him but i trust carr with his scouting. If he says he is good enough then i’m sure there’s a good chance he will be.

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Shola replacement by the sounds of things.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    If we get this guy, 2 wingers/inside forwards and a CB to replace colo then we could have a brilliant team with plenty of options.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Shola replacement – NEVER !!!!! 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I asked last night some seem to remember, we’re we linked with rodrigo? Really hope he’s still on the radar so impressed with him last night

    Very fair point mate can’t disagree with that
    I think the fitness levels of the squad are poor to be honest we looked knackered after the hour mark in nearly every game this desperately needs addressing
    I think the coaching/medical/fitness trainers need a major overhaul in the summer
    I also think are bench last night highlighted the desperate need for continued investment in the summer past the starting 11 the squad looks average at best

  • wreker16

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Are you heskey or shola in disguise?

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Sage… From previous i agree pards does have some responsibility for the situation we’re in atm, but he’s not entirely at fault as some people like to think he is.

    It was a disappointing night but 2 goals isnt an impossible job. Spurs have it harder 2 away goals conceded 🙂

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    ichrisho…. You motherf**ker what the hell were you doing predicting benfica to win 3 – 1? You ruined it man 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10


    I have been one of Pardew’s fiercest critics but for a 20 minute period yesterday we were absolutely fantastic when we took the game to them and they looked there for the taking.

    Desperately unlucky with Cisse hitting the post twice, a moment of madness from Santon and Saylor reprising his handball – fake injury – routine at the worst possible time. Even with Sissoko partially ducking in front of him, Saylor inexplicably dramatically chucked out his arm again

    Despite a cameo from Marveaux with 2 great runs and passes we sadly seemed to run out of legs and ideas as the game wore on and it started to show how little we practice passing and moving in training.

    Sadly it also looks increasingly like we are looking for a Carroll type figure like this guy again so I don’t think there will be any emphasis on passing and moving any time soon with a return to hoofball looking on the cards.

    So in short, superb for 20 mins and we had a tantalising glimpse of what could be, then same old, same old and for a team that works almost exclusively on defence we still leak a lot and our goal difference is woeful.

    Brendan Rodgers has his critics but you can’t help feel they are going the right way footballing wise and even further if they swap Carroll for Benny with Pardew ending up as the long ball 3rd wheel with Pulis and Allardyce.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11


    not heard any names son unsure if we are interested.

    And yeh, thats the whole argument on here….is pardew responsible this season for 1%, 100% of somewhere in the middle for our failings….we all acknowledge he makes mistakes but the % is where we all differ.


    Yeh it was good football, i think it was more benfica really stepped it up and we couldn’t live with it than us intentionally going back to defensive football.

    I don’t know this striker so not sure if it means hoofball or if he can play well on the ground but is also good in the air.

  • Bambams

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Never heard of this boy, maybe we are not confident in buying PEA so its better to have a few options on the list.

    In Carr we all trust

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    rainrix @ 8 imo i think your wrong. pards is to blame. he is the manager . the position we are in now is totally down to him. who else do you blame,? he makes the calls on everything .

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    rainrix… I predicted that yesterday didnt i? 🙂 I say 2-0 to the toon next Thurs too… 🙂

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda… I honestly think it was more a case of running out of energy rather than ideas, although to be fair we did seem to run out of ideas in the 2nd half.

    I must admit i was unnerved when i heard what our training sessions entailed. It worked last season and hasnt this season. I’d like to think pardew would’ve changed it up by now but he hasn’t. And that i feel is a fair point. I’d like us to play the passing game as well. I’d like a local journo to grow some balls and ask pardew what the crack is with that so we can hear it from the horses mouth.

    Also i’d judge after the transfer window as to wether we will play hoofball these could just be easily pre window BS rumours as per 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16


    he doesn’t make the calls on transfers…he might say who but up to llambias/ashley to get involved and do the deal.

    he can’t control the injuries we have had

    I agree the manager must find a solution regardless of the problems, although sometimes expectations are reduced if everything goes against him but he in general has to do well.

    I think pards is to blame but not 100%…not sure how much exactly and if its a sackable amount…but each person buts a different level of blame on him.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    “Sexy-Hoof-Ball” – The new way for the Toon… 🙂

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    ichrisho… I hope thats the score, for your sake as well or you’ll be a viable target for lynching. 😉

    Sage…. Aye thats the crux of it. Also this article doesn’t seem to have any references so im assuming its just rumours anyway, if we were in negotiations it’d be all over or at least in the big ones like SSN.

  • Grafton83

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    5 goals in 18 appearances, quick where’s my cheque book?

  • TheToonKing

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    At least we’re bringing back something from Portugal…..

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #21

    stuart… Like i said he is to blame but not entirely. Theres so many reasons we haven’t matched last season, injuries, fatigue ba acting like a pubescent teenage girl etc. Like i said his tactics baffle me sometimes but to lay everything at his door is a tad unfair imo.

  • Grafton83

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Does anyone know if Perch is alright or will he be unavailable for Fulham. I imagine Tiote would get the nod ahead of him anyway but good to have decent subs.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23


    You could bore for England and the isle of Mann. Keyboard warrior calling out Catchy, telling pathetic jokes people heard a week a go, defending Saylor’s handball – fake injury routine and wanting 442 hoofball back.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #24

    transfer so ashley does the deal, pards says who he wants. are those players who he wants good enough. on the injuries- no not his fault, but why have we not got good enough replacements? again did pards buy good enough players ? i just cant get past pards for this whole mess . if anyone wants to blame the team , go ahead . pards bought most of them . the football is 2nd class , who do you want to blame for that. we played well for 20 mins yesterday , but like every weekend , we have got to learn to play for 90. pards again ?????????

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    rainrix —- so tell me who is to blame if not pardew >??

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    rainrix – ripe for a lynching… oh – is it because I is Irish… 🙂

  • Owldman

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Latest transfer rumour from the football gossip column in Daily Mirror, Liverpool want to swap Carroll for HBA, no way if they want him let them pay the market value for him which is surely a lot more than Carrols value at the moment,

  • AwToonnufc

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Hadn’t heard of this lad but just had a quick look at some videos of him. He seems a good player, still got work to do on his finishing and so on, but he looks a very good player in the making… He’s surprisingly good with his feet and can dribble past players. As well as being good in the air. I hope we get this guy not only because he looks decent but it should kill this Carroll speculation, sick of being linked with him for stupid deals…. 15 mil/ Ben Arfa swap and whatever else. We should stay well clear of Andy, we will only end up looking stupid getting involved with Liverpool and him. I would definitely take blade over Carroll! Could be the next Ibrahimovic….. Wishful thinking!

  • Sav

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    What’s this – if we can’t buy better players we just buy them younger?

  • slbfan

    Apr 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #30

    this guy is bad and its not portuguese.


    Apr 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Never heard of this lad but like someone already said:

    “In Carr we trust”! If the scouting team have very “Busy”?

    Then i hope they have their eye on a replacement for Collo aswel as a striker?

  • Sav

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #32

    We need to sign a leader, a captain. I don’t hold much faith in Cabaye as a leader, nor MYM who does not strike me as a natural leader despite having this role in France. Colo has undermined himself – who could take him seriously after all that’s happened since December? Taylor is not a good enough footballer to command much respect from our technical players and incidents like the handball against Benfica don’t do anything to suggest otherwise.


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