Newcastle United have been interested in 26 year-old Adel Taarabt since back in 2011 and it looks like he will be available for sale from Benfica in January.
Newcastle have recently been linked with him – but it would be a disastrous signing if we do bring this Moroccan International to Tyneside.
He caused enough trouble while he was at QPR and while he’s wonderfully gifted as a player, he’s basically caused trouble wherever he’s gone and still has to play for the Benfica first team since joining them on a five year deal in the summer after five years at QPR.
26 year-old Adel Taarabt – available in January
In fact his contract with QPR was terminated in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League and he was one of the bad eggs in the dressing room that Harry Redknapp kept talking about that were a problem for the London club last season.
And in September there was news that Taarabt could be sold rather quickly by Benfica in January and there were a few things noted in the reports from Portugal.
He was overweight – something that happened at QPR – and he was also sampling the nightlife in Lisbon a bit too much – and he had just broken a club curfew.
The problem we have is that Graham Carr continues to go after the players he likes and tries to sign them – and he seems to be impressed with the 18 times capped Moroccan International.
So just like Carr surprisingly brought in Florian Thauvin in the summer when we really could have used that money on a center-back – he could finally get another of his long term targets in January.
And Adel could be cheap because it looks like Benfica have given up on him and he’s a central midfielder – and we’ve never really replaced Yohan Cabaye since he left us almost two years ago.
But if this guy was signed it would undermine what fans are being told – that not only are players vetted for their skills and consistency during the transfer windows, but also for their characters and temperament.
It is well known in football circles that Adel is trouble – so it would be stupid to bring this lad into the club.
It’s the last thing we need given the troubles we already have with our players inconsistent and sometimes not turning up for games.
The other thing we would like to see is head coach Steve McClaren have some say in who comes in during the January transfer window – but that’s unlikely to happen.
It would be tempting to bring Adel in on a six month loan in January – so we hope that doesn’t happen.