Newcastle Challenge Liverpool For Willian

News in the Mirror today that Newcastle are interested in signing Anzhi’s Willian, although Liverpool seem to be ahead of the Magpies in their dealings to sign the 27 year-old Brazilian midfielder.

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Willian – Newcastle are interested in the Brazilian winger

Willian only signed for Anzhi on 31st of January of this year for a massive €35M (£30M), and he made his debut against Newcastle in the Europa League, but was injured in the first half.

Anzhi have decided to cut their wage bill significantly, and have put their whole squad up for transfer, and that includes the Brazilian winger.

But the latest news is that Liverpool are very close to sealing a deal for Willian, and it seems that once again Newcastle have moved in too late for their target – if indeed Willian is a Newcastle target.

And it seems Anzhi are willing to sell the Brazilian for half of what they paid for the player in January – how’s that for wasting £15M in a short eight months.

Joe Kinnear has been given the go ahead by Mike Ashley to sign Willian, according to the Mirror report, but we’d be surprised if Ashley would pay out £15M for a left winger, when it’s strikers Newcastle desperately need.

And the Magpies shied away from paying £12M for Wilfried Bony from Vitesse in the summer, and the Ivory Coast International ended up at Swansea, who were hammered 4-1 at home by Manchester United today, although Bony scored a good goal.

Willian joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007 from Brazilian club Corinthians, and as we mentioned he moved to Russian club Anzhi in late January.

He played 222 times with 37 goals for Shaktar Donetsk in six seasons, and in 25 appearances for Anzhi he scored one goal.

Willian has played twice for Brazil and is said to want a move to the Premier League, but we’d be very surprised if he ends up at Newcastle, although we suppose it’s possible, if not probable.

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