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Newcastle Interested In Gilberto Silva – Probably Not

The Sun is reporting that Fulham, Newcastle United and maybe even Aston Villa are interested in a cut-price deal for former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva in the January transfer window.

Gilberto Silva – are Newcastle really interested in this player?

The 93 times capped Brazilian is hoping to leave his current club Panathinaikos in Greece, and the 34 year-old is said to be a £1.5M target for Fulham and Newcastle.

One of his friends told The Sun today:

“Gilberto and his family loved London and can see themselves settling down there after his retirement.”  “He’d love to go back to the Premier League and Gerard Houllier at Villa may also get involved.”

We would doubt very much if this story is true concerning at least Newcastle’s interest, and the only way we think Chris would want him would be to get another player, just lioke Sol Campbell, who has been a world class player and is used to winning, so he can help with the younger lads at the Tyneside club.

Gilberto is said to be a gentle guy in personality off the pitch, and a terrific professional, and certainly Newcastle could afford the Brazilian at 1..5M.

Sam Allardyce was said to be interested in signing the player for Newcastle in January two years ago, but then of course Sam was sacked, so that never materialized, if indeed the story was even true.

But if  Newcastle signed Gilberto,  it would only be a short term deal, and since we already have Cheick Tiote currently in the holding central midfield position at Newcastle and playing great, and Alan Smith in reserve, we don’t think Newcastle would be interested in bringing the Brazilian to Tyneside.

Gilberto has been a world class player in his time, there’s little doubt about that, and he won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and signed for Arsenal shortly after that.

The 6’1″ Brazilian has made 325 first class club appearances with 28 goals, including 237 appearance for the Arsenal club, and 23 goals and he has so far played 91 times for his country with 3 goals.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • peterktoon

    Nov 5, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    He is crap!!.
    FC Copenhagen played him out of the field

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Nothing story, Hughton has said we’re not signing anyone in January…Although admittedly this may be just a tactic to keep player’s prices down, Gilberto is not the type of player I expect us to go for either way.

    Lazy journalism on behalf of the Sun.

    Also, it’s easy to say this on the back of a massive win and with a pretty healthy squad, but do we really need any new players?

    GK: Harper coming back and Krul playing well (not sure he has done enough to keep the No.1 spot, but he’s definitely done himself no harm) Solderberg in reserve and Forster playing well at Celtic.

    DF: Raylor and Perch (not great and in my oppinion not starters, but definite back up) Raylor to come back and cover RB/CB, Sol to come back, Willo and Collo 1st team starters, El Torro is an absolute rock and Kadar/Ferguson covering him.

    MF: Our most saturated position, Tiote/Smith, Jonas/Routledge/Barton/Guthrie/Xisco/Gosling/Benny/LuaLua/McLoven all capable of playing on the wings, Nolan/Vuckic/Benny in CAM.

    CF/ST: Carroll/Shola/McLoven/Ranger/Xisco: all massively capable of playing up front with each other and 3 of them by themselves as a lone striker.

    I’ve probably left a few players out, but in my oppinion we’ve got a decent enough squad…I’d feel more comfortable with another left sided utility player (a Ryan Taylor df/mf type) but other than that, we’re certainly strong enough to survive!

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 5, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    He just captained the Brazilian national team at the World Cup in June. We may need cover for Cheik Tiote even though we have an abundance of midfield options. I’ll definitely welcome a world-class addition like Gilberto into the squad. If we still dream of geting into top 7 or 5, Gilberto is one player that can help us get there.

    Experience, discipline, good leadership skills, able to break down attack and protect the back-four well, WHY NOT? (with exception to his age and price of course)

  • Brutooon

    Nov 6, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #4

    he is better than smith but he is 34 years old

    there are thousands of below 30 yrs old DM which would cost the same price.

    NO, NO and NOOOO

    p/s: Guthrie can play the DM role (xabi alonso type)


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