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.