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How exciting :celb:


Our very own Elano!


Allardyce told: £2m for Haim

By Alan Nixon 04/01/2008


Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has had his loan bid for Chelsea's Tal Ben Haim turned down - and been told he will have to buy him.


Allardyce, battling to save his job, is also after colourfully named Porto striker Claudio Pitbull.


Tough Israeli Ben Haim, whom Allardyce signed when at Bolton, is seen as the man to solve Toon's defensive problems while Pitbull could be the answer up front, where Michael Owen and Mark Viduka are plagued by injuries.


But Chelsea are looking for around £2million for the well-respected Ben Haim, whom they signed for nothing last summer.


He will not be allowed to leave on loan despite the arrival of Serbian Branislav Ivanovic, who will push him further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.


It is a blow to under-pressure Allardyce, who has been given money to spend in January transfer window.


Striker Pitbull - whose full name is Claudio Mejolaro but goes by his nickname - is currently on loan at Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal.


Pitbull, born in Brazil but with a Portuguese passport, is keen to move to the Premier League.


The 26-year-old said: "I hope I get this opportunity because England's league is famous around the world."





Okay so does anyone know anything more specific about him? :frantic:

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On loan in the Portuguese league, no international caps at any level at age 26, career scoring record of 37/182, with most of the goals coming from the Brazilian league.


...Sounds more like our own Cho Jae-Jin to me.

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He's actually pretty good, great in the air, two good feet though he's left footed, very strong, not Bellamy quick but has plenty of pace nevertheless and has a excellent touch.



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Nothing special what I've heard, didn't make it in the Porto squad.


However I would definately go for Tarik Sektioui, he's been class everytime I've seen Porto. Would add creativity and skill to our midfield.


There are many Porto players I would sign, but Pitbull isn't one of them.

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As a brazilian i got to say this guy is known for his hustling! Another Alan Smith but with better technique and maybe not the same temper, but from what ive seen he shouldnt start in our team if we are to contend for a european place.

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