Portuguese International Striker Available To Newcastle

News today in Turkey that Portuguese International striker Hugo Almeida has failed to agree a new deal with his  Turkish club Besiktas, and will become a free agent at the end of June, and he has admitted he would like to play in the Premier League.

Hugo Almeida

Portuguese International Hugo Almeida is a free agent in the summer

This is what Almeida has said in the Turkish press today:

“The deal they put forward was laughable.” “They should think about the bigger picture, it’s a shame it had to end like this I never wanted to leave these fans.”

“I made great friends here and would have liked to stay however, I couldn’t accept the offer.” “I would be very interested in moving to the Premier League if the right offer came up.”

“I have always wanted to play in England. It is the best league in the world. and the fans are completely crazy about football.”

“I watch a lot of Premier League football and it is the kind of football I like, with lots of crosses and fighting for everything.”

“I would really like to play in England.” And I know Newcastle United are one of the great sides over there.”

Almeida played three years in Germany until 2010 for Werder Bremen, before he joined Besiktas, but one strike against him is that he turns 30 at the end of the month, so if Newcastle stick by their age guidelines, the 6’3″ striker will be too old for the Tyneside club.

And yes – I have to admit I put that last sentence in his comment above – just to keep you awake – sorry about that one. 😀

Almeida has played 52 times for Portugal with 17 goals, and this season he scored a decent 13 goals in 31 appearances for Besiktas, and in 88 total appearances in Turkey he’s scored 37 goals.

But he’s probably too old for Newcastle – but what do you think?

Comments welcome.