Alan Pardrew forced to do his research as he lines up short term solution to St James’ Park attacking conundrum.
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Newcastle are leading the race to sign Brazilian free agent Ewerthon, according to reports.
The club are struggling for strikers, despite coming from behind to net four goals in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, as Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool, Shola Ameobi is facing months on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone and now Leon Best is suffering with a hamstring injury.
Newcastle are not able to sign players unless they are emergency loans or free transfers and, given that former Dortmund striker Ewerthon, 29, left Palmeiras by mutual consent early in January, he has jumped to the top of the list.
The player’s agent Barry McIntosh admitted talks with a number of clubs were ongoing.
“A number of clubs like Ewerthon, he is a free agent and is looking to seal his next move,” McIntosh told skysports.com. ”It is no secret that a number of Premier League clubs are keen on him.
“I am not going to go into details about who we are talking with, but if you’re asking me about whether he would move to Newcastle? Then yes, obviously they are a calibre of club he would very much consider playing for.”
Having been left somewhat in the lurch by the last minute sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, Alan Pardew has been looking at how to go about getting a new striking option to the club. The St James’ Park boss tried to get someone in on deadline day but failed and has since been linked with players who are either out of contract or from leagues outside Europe.
Thierry Henry was mentioned but that deal seems to have never really been an option but perhaps 29 year Ewerthon would be a sensible short term back up plan. The Brazilian international seems keen on such a move and it would at this point consider what the pint sized attacker has to offer the Magpies.
Between 2001 and 2010 Sao Paulo born striker plied his trade with Borussia Dortmund and then Real Zaragoza with some distinction. netting over 100 times in those spells and in his peak he helped his Bundesliga side to the title and was then part of the national team picture.
He has since spent a year back in Brazil but could well be ready to return to Europe and a move to the Premier League interests the speedy fleet footed former Corinthians star. On a short term deal he could well be of use to a Newcastle United side that currently has very few out and out attacking options due to Carroll’s departure and Shola Ameobi’s injury concerns. Leaving Pardew to count on Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands as well as impressive youngster Nile Ranger to provide fire-power.