Alan Pardew had told us yesterday that striker was the position he needs more competition in for next season, but he said the defense was strong, and therefore we didn’t really expect any new defenders to be brought in this summer.
Rolando – Porto center-back turns 28 next month
But news today that our new Director of Football Joe Kinnear, who’s back at work tomorrow, has targeted Rolando, the 6’2″ Portuguese International, who plays at center-back for Porto.
That’s Rolando and not Ronaldo – we’re at least close to the spelling of a world-class player.
But Rolando turns 28 at the end of next month, so he’s not exactly a youngster, and was loaned out to Napoli last season, where he played only 11 times..
Rolando moved to Porto in 2008 from Belenenses and it seems QPR boss Harry Redknapp was keen to do a January deal for the player.
The fee for the player is said to be £5M, and thats close to the £5.5M he’s valued at on transfermarkt.com.
It’s also an amount Newcastle would pay out for another center-back – although we have doubts about whether we are really after a center-back – after Coloccini said he would be staying on Tyneside.
Rolando has played 174 times for Porto with 17 goals, and he played 99 times at CF Belenenses Lissabon with 7 goals.
Everton are also said to be interested in the 18 times capped Portuguese International.
What do you think?
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