Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is lining up a reported £1m move for Liverpool full-back Fabio Aurelio, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Since joining Liverpool in 2006 the left-back has spent 23 months on the side-lines with various injuries and the club have decided to finally cut-ties with the player.
His injuries have restricted him to only one appearance this season, which came in FA Cup win over Oldham earlier this month. Since then however, he hasn’t been named in any of Liverpool’s subsequent squads and it looks likely that he will move on by next Tuesday.
Newcastle have built their fantastic season around their watertight defence but cracks are beginning to show as the strength in depth just isn’t there for Pardew. His side conceded four at Norwich last month and shipped five away at Fulham last weekend.
Reinforcements are needed at St James’ especially with the futures of Fabricio Coloccini and full-back Danny Simpson far from certain. This has triggered the move for the Brazilian full-back, who if Pardew can get fully fit, would be a solid addition, especially with his versatile-nature that means he can also move into midfield if required.
The 32-year-old started his career at Sao Paulo before then Valencia manager Rafa Benitez snapped him up at Valencia. He was part of a very successful Valencia side that went on to win La Liga, the club’s first championship in 31 years.
In 2006 he followed Benitez to Liverpool, making him the first ever Brazilian born player to play for the Reds, and has gone onto make 85 apperances for the club.