Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Newcastle to sign Luis Figo?

Originally uploaded by Andy the Brit.
Newcastle boss Graeme Souness today confirmed the club's interest in Portuguese star Luis Figo.

It emerged at the weekend that the Magpies had spoken to the 32-year-old Real Madrid midfielder and those talks are continuing, although the club had refused to comment on the matter.

However, Souness today told BBC Sport: "There is an interest there as far as Luis Figo is concerned, but we do not want to say any more at the moment.''

The admission comes as no surprise, but it is is also no guarantee that the proposed move will happen.

Figo's wage packet, which is thought to amount to ��100,000 a week, would shatter the club's pay structure, and although there would be no transfer fee to pay despite the fact he has a year left on his contract at the Bernabeu Stadium, that could prove a major obstacle.

The Portuguese international cost Real a then-world record ��37million when he moved from Barcelona five years ago, but following Patrick Kluivert's switch from the Nou Camp under similar circumstances last summer, Newcastle will be extremely careful before committing themselves again.

There is interest in the player outside Tyneside with Liverpool and Bolton among the clubs said to have made approaches and, although the player has admitted that he would like to play in the Barclays Premiership, his chances of doing so might ultimately come down to financial considerations.

The Magpies have already spent ��6.5million on 24-year-old midfielder Scott Parker and agreed to meet a wage bill of around ��60,000 a week, and are talking over a move from Inter Milan's Belozoglu Emre which may require a similar outlay.

In addition they are still in the market for at least one top-class defender and at least one proven striker.


  1. This is some hard hitting soccer journalism... I think a career change is in your future. So what's your opinion, is Figo worth the money? Does Newcastle have much in the way of local talent... i.e. young prospects within their system? Did Shearer decide to play one more season or what?

  2. Shearer is top play one more season. He annouced this BEFORE the terrible performances which dropped us out of the UEFA cup final and the FA cup final...bad move in my mind. Anyway, after last season's Kluivert disaster i am hesitant about signing Figo, even just for a one year deal. it all depends on how much of a pay cut he is willing to take.
    Newcastle do have taleneted youngsters coming through, but mainly defenders. In terms of mid fielders we have Charles N'zogbia and James Milner...who could learn a thing or two from Figo!

  3. Yo Brit---

    Figo is raw!! He still got the legs, I just watched him on a Sky Sports replay from '03 two nights ago. Former FIFA player of the year in what? '02? Just wondering how you're doing man. This is my first post on the blog. That makes twice the Brit has taken my virginity. Hey, speaking of English assholes I saw the mighty Oasis in Detroit on Saturday. Good show, a lot of random songs off Definetly Maybe/Morning Glory (the good years) and Noel on vocals for about 8 tracks, thank god! Anyways, hit me back, hope you're doing well.

    Alex Hastie

  4. Another Hastie rock'n out... what's up with that? Now that your a desk man you've got no excuse... Represent the g-town love! Now that I think about it, does anyone know what Figo's ratings are in FIFA 2005? EA sports usually set the mark for accurately portraying "baller" athletes.