Portuguese international Éder could be on his way to Tyneside this summer, according to a Daily Mail report on Monday. The 25-year-old's current club Sporting Braga reportedly value him at £16million, but Mike Ashley is hoping to buy the striker for £8million, plus add-ons.
Éder is just the latest player to be rumoured as a possible replacement for Demba Ba. In Éder, The Magpies would be getting a player well suited for the Premier League.
The Portuguese striker is known for his great speed and is also good in the air. He could create goals as well. In an October 2012 Champions League match at Old Trafford, Éder took control of the ball on the left side, dribbled brilliantly past Michael Carrick to set up teammate Alan for Braga’s second goal. The assist was shown across Europe and it certainly got Éder noticed.
In an interview with Portuguese football website Maisfutebol last week, Éder spoke about how he grew up watching English football and Manchester United in particular. He added that playing in England would be a dream come true.
But it will not be easy to sign him. Newcastle face competition from Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, Arsenal and Swansea and others. However, he does carry some risk.
Éder’s season was cut short in late February when he suffered ruptured ligaments to his right knee in a League Cup semi-final match against Benfica. He was ruled out for a period of 4 to 6 months, meaning he should be match fit in August. In his first season with Sporting Braga, Éder still managed 13 goals and 3 assists in 18 league matches for the Minho club.
He also received his first call-up to the Portuguese national team in a September 2012 World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg when he came on late in the match. Éder has received 5 caps with the national team, but only one start in a friendly against Gabon. He is yet to score a goal.
What do you make of Eder? Is he the man to resolve our attacking deficiencies?