There is news in the Daily Mail today that Newcastle have made some inquiries about signing Sporting Braga striker Eder, and as far as we can tell this is the first time we’ve been linked with the striker.
Eder – 25 year-old Portuguese striker
But the first problem we have with the report is that the 25-year-old is valued at £16M, and we wonder if Mike Ashley would pay that much for any player?
On the transfermarket web site in the UK he’s listed as worth around £7M, so maybe the £16M figure is a bit inflated.
Newcastle need some strikers this summer, and if Shola Ameobi leaves it could be that we need to bring in as many as three strikers, so don’t be surprised if Newcastle are linked with a bunch of strikers this summer.
Eder – full name – Éderzito António Macedo Lopes – is also said to be being watched by West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal, and the striker joined Braga last summer from Academica.
The 6’2″ striker played well last season in the Champions League which drew attention to the player, and in 32 total appearances he scored 14 goals and had 5 assists, so he had a very good first season at Braga.
Eder stands 6’2″ tall and made his debut for Portugal last September, and has so far picked up 5 full caps.
We don’t know if we can compete with clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham this summer, because they can offer him a couple of things that Newcastle cannot – European football and fighting for a top four position next season.
West Ham will not be interested in Eder if they get Andy Carroll for £15.5M from Liverpool – they cannot even afford that for Carroll so there’s no way they would be after Eder if the Gateshead lad signs for the east London club.
We’re not sure if Mike Ashley would pay £16M, but maybe if we could get a better deal for him it’s a possibility?
What do you think?
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