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Newcastle Offered Former AC Milan Star Striker

9:49 am, Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

The Sun is reporting today that since almost everybody in football knows that Newcastle are trying to sign a top striker this month, agents are only too willing to oblige and have offered 26 year-old Corinthians star striker Alexandre Pato.

Fans will remember the Brazilian played at AC Milan from 2007 until 2012.

alexandre plato

Corinthians star striker Alexandre Pato

Another striker who has been offered to the Tyneside club is Miler Bolanos who plays for Emelec in Ecuador.

Of those two players Alexandre Pato seems to be the most interesting, but it´s difficult to know how he would do in England, since he’s now been back in Brazil since 2013 playing his football.

He looked an up-and-coming very good striker when he was younger playing in Italy and has played 27 times for Brazil with 10 goals.

There was also news last month that Barcelona were interested in signing the player for around £10M, but the Spanish giants have been linked with many players this mointh..

Pato has been at the Sao Paulo based Corinthians sine 2013 and spent last season on loan at Sao Paulo.

The Times recently reported Pato was keen to play in the Premier League (who isn´t these days with all that money) and that his agents were trying to persuade Premier League Champions Chelsea to sign him.

And Bolanos has been at Emelec since 2013 and would be a bigger risk – especially with Newcastle still in a precarious position in the Premier League – although we did have a great 2-1 win yesterday against West Ham.

Newcastle get lots of offers from agents in every transfer window, as they try to make a buck by completing a deal for their clients, but very few of the players are what Newcastle want or need.

However, Pato looks an interesting possibility – he played 150 times for AC Milan with 63 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magscar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:52 AM


    magscar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Still feel we have an imbalance on left and Perez having swapped roles with Gini is willing and trying hard but we aren’t getting best out of him either. Goufran again willing if put in role but limited and probably heading out (hopefully)

    Yesterday did look better and I think Shelvey was more dynamic in CM than all our others and constantly showed for the ball so Perez etc weren’t having to drop as deep in search of it and were more on the front foot expecting passes forward. Sure his passing caught the eye but he was a catalyst for a great deal of our forward movement and pressing.

    I wonder if the coaches are concerned that Aarons game style and injuries to date may stall his progression or that at his age he needs to be treated with kid gloves and not thrown in as a savior. However what we don’t want is for his progress to be halted unnecessarily

  • 2 JAMSHA // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    pato always injurd, so not sure..+ we need pl expiranced players

  • 3 SuperShearer // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:57 AM


    Besides not taking his chances yesterday Mitro was on cracking form. He’s happy coming deep to lay the ball off, happy sitting on the shoulder of the last man and NEVER shirks his defensive duties. He’s young, was snatching at his chances a little bit but we have to keep faith in him, firmly believe it’s his strength and power that is giving Wini the room to get into his great positions. Whoever we sign striker wise should be a plan B.

  • 4 hibbitt // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    total agree he had a very good game and made a huge difference to all our play but for me wijnaldum still had the edge not for one minute saying shelvey didn’t have a good game

  • 5 Belfast // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Another Sunday spoof.

  • 6 jazzyp // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    No no no no….Saido for £18 mill could prove to be as good a business as Shelvey has.
    Yes a bit prices but that’s what you get buying English.
    Nufc could be the boost Berahino needs to get his career back on track as it’s quite clear he has no interest playing for Wba.

  • 7 Slank // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM


    I think Townsend would be a good addition because Thauvan doesn’t look like making it in the Premiership and Aarons looks injury prone.

    Townsend is an ‘out and out’ winger with pace and two good feet but especially strong on his left. Unlike Thauvan he will have no difficulty in adjusting to the pace and physicality of the Premiership. Shelvey is an example of how quick a new player, with Premiership experience, slots into a team.

  • 8 nut meg // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Mitrovic’s main strength is his heading ability but we don’t have anyone who can put a good cross into the box.We need somebody who can do that to get the best out of him.Townsend is NOT the man who can supply the right crosses to Mitrovic or any other forward player who is inside the box simply because he doesn’t cross it. Can anybody tell me what are Townsend’s strength’s other than pace, what am I missing ?

  • 9 OneAlanShearer // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    I’ve always thought Pato is overhyped and wouldn’t suit this league.

  • 10 browny1107 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    I would love this but it would most likely go tits up. massive wages + injury prone + can be quite lazy.

  • 11 SUTTY1978 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Re your earlier post about Hiddink and ref influencing, presumably the ref should be banned as well for being influenced by the manager. The refs are supposed to be impartial and not listen to any influences outside of their linesmen & fourth official. I think this reflects worse on the ref than on Hiddink.

  • 12 Slank // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I don’t see the need to bring in another striker. Certainly not one to replace Mitrovic. McLaren’s preferred line-up is 4-2-3-1 which has no place for two ‘out and out’ strikers.

    I can see a line-up of:

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colo – Dummitt / Colback
    Shelvey – Saivet
    Sissoko – Gini – Townsend

  • 13 Whumpie // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    It will be depressing if we sign any of these overseas strikers; a clear indication that stubbornness is winning over sense and experience when it comes to the club’s thinking.
    I’m still pretty worried about the Saivet deal. Another midfielder from the French leagues? Yes, Sissoko has come good but Cabella, Thauvin, Gouffran… the list of Carr misfires is far longer than his hits.
    And I know it’s unfair to judge this early but once Saivet cane on yesterday… did anyone notice him doing anything?
    PLEASE can the club just admit the French bubble burst some time ago and while they made good money from jt they now have to play the transfer market just like everyone else?

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Jack Root put up an excellent post earlier this morning on the relationship of wages and FFP, think you should bang it up again.

  • 15 Whumpie // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Slank – how can you NOT see the need for another striker? Our two starters are talented yiungsters but theyve scored two goals between them in 7 games! That is still relegation stuff.
    Mitro may be working hard and has enormous potential but that won’t help when we’re missing 20-odd chances in a single game!

  • 16 Toonfan8 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    where I can watch full match vs West Ham? can anyone post a link here?

  • 17 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    nut meg @8 – have to agree. I think the last thing we need is a winger who continually cuts inside. To my mind that doesn’t even make him a proper winger. Mitrovic will score from consistently decent crosses I feel sure.

  • 18 mindshaft // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Think our biggest test will be holding on to Gini, he’s the one player we have who could probably get a start at any of the top 4 – if one of them put a cheeky bid of 25 million in now I guess fatty would take it

  • 19 mindshaft // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Toonfan – here you go

  • 20 mindshaft // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Whoops – thats last season, they usually have the full game up day after

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:26 AM

  • 22 mindshaft // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    try here

  • 23 Belfast // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Definitely need a striker, can’t afford to miss chances like that yesterday. Elliot saved our bacon at the end thank God.

    23 shots, 10 on target and only won 2-1. Should have been far more comfortable than it was.

  • 24 Toonfan8 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    thank you lads, I have seen it live yesterday, but I want to enjoy it twice 😀

  • 25 Belfast // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    The big lads hold up play was immense though, just poor finisher.

  • 26 switch365 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    After a few games of decent, commanding performances, do we completely forget about our defensive frailties?
    An injury to either Colo or Mbemba and we could well remain relegation candidates regardless of which striker and winger we sign.
    Defense has been our problem for years and it remains so, to overlook it because of recent displays would be potentially disastrous.

  • 27 GEORDIE69 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    For all of you football experts that are wondering what Andros Townsend can offer Newcastle United? Well here is the answer for you! He will supply Mitrovic with enough ammunition to score at least 15 Premiership goals this season. He is strong, very quick and direct and equally as good at crossing with both feet. I have been embarrassed by reading some of thecomments saying that he is no good. Get him signed asap.

  • 28 toontaff2 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Saints have offered us Charlie Austin on loan deal.

  • 29 Moonraker15 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Is Wijnaldum one of our best players ever? Just wondering how good people think he is! He doesn’t seem to have a weakness, plus he looks so happy playing for the Toon!

  • 30 toontaff2 // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Missing those Austin rumours………..

  • 31 benjohnsen // Jan 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM


    In general, our french recruitment has been mixed. Cabaye, Debuchy and Sissoko has been good buys. Haidara has never really had a good run. Gouffran had a very good work rate when he came, but has never shined, however, scored some important goals. Also played out of his position as many others.

    Cabella and Thauvin are for me the only really big flops. Saivet had his first game in PL yesterday. Shelvey has vast experience in premier league already. Cannot expect a player to have a massive impact in his first game. Not even Cabaye had a great first game.

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