Newcastle United & Everton in Battle for Highly Rated Portugal Centre Back

Top-flight duo are both desperate to land classy Portuguese for next season. 

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Newcastle United and Everton are interested in signing FC Porto defender Rolando this summer, according to reports in the Sunday Express.

The Portugal international has been at the Dragao stadium since April 2008, having initially signed for the Portuguese giants from Belenenses on a four-year contract.

And in the intervening five-year period, the 27-year-old has gone on to establish himself as not only one of the most accomplished central defenders plying their trade in the Portuguese Primera Liga, but also on the Continent.

So much so that Rolando was rewarded with his eye-catching form by being called up to the Portuguese national team for the very first time in February 2009 in a friendly against Finland, before then being chosen as part of Paulo Bento’s squad that went to the World Cup in South Africa the following year.

In fact, the centre back very nearly signed for Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window after falling out with Porto manager Vitor Pereira, only to instead move to Serie A high-flyers Naploi on loan until the end of last season.

However, now both Newcastle and Everton are set to go head to head this summer for Rolando’s signature.

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