Newcastle In Surprising Link For Portuguese Midfielder

22 year-old Portuguese midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira had an excellent game against the Thai All Stars yesterday in Bangkok for Liverpool, and created two goals before being substituted at half-time.

Liverpool went on to win that game 4-0, and would you believe it – but it seems that Newcastle are interested in buying the Portuguese U21 star.

Joao Teixeira

Joao Teixeira – 22 year-old Portuguese midfielder

The Sun is reporting today that both Newcastle United and West Ham are interested in the player, who signed on at Liverpool three years ago from Sporting Lisbon.

He had been at the Lisbon club since he was 11 years old,  and the right footed player had come through the Youth Academy there.

He spent last season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, where he played 35 games with 5 goals and 4 assists and looked a very good player.

His season was cut short when he broke a leg last April, and was recalled by Liverpool, but he seems to have recovered from that so it wasn’t that serious.

When he joined Liverpool, Teixeira was hailed as “the new Deco” but he’s only played one competitive game for Liverpool early last year against Fulham, and he will feel he needs to get games.

Liverpool fans compared his display yesterday to that of Coutinho,  but he could still struggle for games on Merseyside with Roberto Firmino having been brought in.

Raheem Sterling moving to Manchester City could also perhaps open up the way for him next season on Merseyside.

It could be difficult for Newcastle to get this player, unless he forces a move so he can get first team football elsewhere, because he will still have big competition at Liverpool.

What do you think?

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