We don’t know if Vitoria Guimaraes striker Amido Balde is a Newcastle target, but we have been linked with the player, but the 22 year-old is now in Glasgow for talks with Celtic, with a view to signing for the Scottish giants.
Amido Balde – does it look like he’ll sign for Celtic?
That’s what the BBC is reporting today, and they quote a friend of his – Tommy Langley, who is with the 22-year-old in Glasgow:.
“There are quite a few clubs interested in Amido.” “But, at the end of the day, he’s here and we’re trying to get the deal done at Celtic. That’s the first priority.” “He’s a big strong lad, athletic, great touch and he’s a boy who can only get better.”
“They are a fantastic football club,” “They are in the Champions League and a great sounding board for players to come and play top-class football.”
“But we’ll see where it goes from here. He’s got a couple of things to sort out.” “He’s a big strong lad, athletic, great touch and he’s a boy who can only get better.”
Balde signed a two-year deal last summer at the Portuguese club, so he could be picked up for a small fee, and it seems that fee has already been agreed between the two clubs, otherwise Balde wouldn’t now be in Glasgow.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon talked last week about the player, and said Balde was indeed one of his transfer targets:.
“He is a player we have scouted and looks the type we would like,” “But, whether we can get a deal done or not, I don’t know. We are just looking to strengthen that area.”
“Balde is a big striker and has the physical attributes we are looking for, but he is interesting other clubs.”
Balde joined Vitoria from Sporting Lisbon last summer as a free agent, after Sporting didn’t renew his contract.
The 6’4″ striker was born in Guinea-Bissau and scored 9 goals in 31 games last season, but we always wondered why he was released by Sporting Lisbon last summer?
Newcastle would be in for the 22 year-old if he was a target, so we have to assume Newcastle have other strikers lined up – we hope Newcastle have other strikers lined up. 😀
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