Newcastle United are attempting to land Brazilian midfielder Allan according to reports on Tuesday morning.

The defensive midfielder currently plays for Napoli and the Serie A outfit signed him only weeks after Rafa Benitez left the Italian club.

Whether Rafa played any part in identifying the signing before his departure but Allan wasn’t exactly an unknown.

After the season he had for Udinese in 2014/15 he had attracted interest from a host of top clubs before committing to Napoli. He was top of the stats that season when it came to being the best ball winner in all five of the top European leagues.

Now 26, the  midfielder started 32 Serie A matches in his first (2015/16) season for Napoli but only 19 of the 38 league games last (2016/17) season.

The reports claim that Napoli are willing to sell for £10m, with the player allegedly surplus to requirements.

The Italian club have qualified for the Champions League after finishing third last season in the league and are trying to bring in new players, with central midfielder Marko Rog already purchased from Dinano Zagreb.

Despite being known as a defensive midfielder, Allan has at the same time got a decent reputation for his dribbling and long range passing.

He will a player that Rafa Benitez will surely know all about but as with all transfer stories you have to be sceptical, especially with The Sun appearing to be the original source for the story, their latest claims at the weekend were that Newcastle were going to buy Sheyi Ojo for £10m and Sam Clucas for £4m.

Southampton and West Brom are also reported to be interested.

Last season, Allan scored one goal and grabbed five assists, whilst the year before with more pitch time, he scored three Serie A goals and got five assists.

The midfielder has played at youth level for Brazil but never for the senior team.



  • Toonbadger

    “Southampton and West Brom are also reported to be interested”.
    Not coming here then

    • Kneebotherm8

      You’re right,we can’t compete with the likes of them.

  • Alreet

    Not heard of him but that means nothing these days. The numbers are the main thing and we really need cover in midfield.

    We really need to get michy once chelsea have sorted costa out.

  • Leazes Ender

    Allan Marques Loureiro, Market Value £13.6m
    Plays DM or CM

    Colback replacement maybe bit of truth in this rumour.

  • Wor Lass

    I remember a European game – can`t remember who was playing, maybe Liverpool? – when the English fans thought the name “Allan” was funny and kept singing, “Allan, Allan, give us a wave” and cheered when he got the ball. He looked totally gob-smacked by it all. He didn`t look particularly good.

    • Leazes Ender

      Different Allan Rodrigues De Souza

      • Wor Lass

        Jezus, Leazus – you wait all those years for an “Allan” to appear and two come along at once! Typical.

        • Leazes Ender

          We have had six players called Alan scoring a total of 338 goals for United in league games, not a lot of people know that….. I certainly didn’t up until a few moments ago.

          • Wor Lass

            Careful – you`re starting to sound a bit like Clarko! He`ll probably be on shortly to tell you that you`re wrong because some might have had a double “l” and others could have had an “e” instead of an “a” and one was actually known as “Al” (that`s Shearer, by the way). He`ll then tell you you`re a liar, not fit to debate with and that he didnt say anything about names anyway!

          • Leazes Ender

            He seems a bit thick actually.

          • Jezza

            Well off the top of my head, Shearer would have got most of those goals. Alan Shoulder would have got a few as would Alan Foggon and Alan Gowling. Can’t recall Alan Brown getting many or even any. I’m struggling to think who the remaining Alan was but I knoiw I’ll kick myself when I remember or somebody mentions him here.

          • Wor Lass

            Suddick?

          • Jezza

            I’ve remembered. Alan Smith. I’m not disappointed to have forgotten him after all his time at NUFC was utterly forgettable.

          • Kneebotherm8

            And he was Ashleys favourite player,was he not?

          • Leazes Ender

            Kennedy, Shoulder, Suddick, Shearer, Gowling,. Foggon

            Who the hell is Alan Brown? The database is incomplete!

          • Jezza

            Well there have been more than six Alans haven’t there. Alan Brown was a carthorse of a midfielder who played for NUFC in the early 80’s. Signed from Shrewsbury if I recall but I might be wrong about that.

          • Leazes Ender

            Smith it seems never scored for us at all

          • Jezza

            I think he might have scored with a header in a pre season friendly somewhere.

          • Leazes Ender

            Alan Brown 5 appearances in 81/82 you have a good memory.

          • Jezza

            Funnily enough Alan Brown was one of the first names I thought of. I didn’t realise he’d played so few times for us. I remember him well. Quite a short chap with blonde permy hair. I think he had some previous Sunderland connection which resulted in the crowd giving him extra stick when he turned out to be not very good.

          • Alex

            Alan Brown was a bloody hero for a couple of games. We loaned him from Sunderland and he was like a greyhound and, without checking, notched a couple of goals.

            However, those were the NcKeag days and we couldn’t afford the £100,000 to buy him, despite the launch of a “buy a player fund”.

            Yes, he went back to Sunderland, later the Shrews and ended up in Frankland Prison…….but, fortunately, as a warder not an inmate.

          • Leazes Ender

            He was arrested for riding around Sunderland and shooting people from the back of a car with a toy gun.

          • Jezza

            Fair enough. You’ve got a much better memory than me to recall all that. I always seemed to remember him being a bit of a donkey, looks like I was wrong about that but at least I was on the right lines about him having Sunderland and Shrewsbury connections!

          • Kneebotherm8

            Looks like we might have to launch a “buy a player fund” now,cos Ashley doesn’t seem inclined to buy us a striker.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            No-one’s mentioned Alan Davies, signed from Man U. 21 appearances, 1 goal.

          • Leazes Ender

            Well done. 5 bonus points there I think..any more obscure ‘Alans’?

            Thats now 9 Alans and 342 goals

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            Aha! Alan Neilson – 42 appearances, 1 goal. Another one and we’ve got ourselves a team.

          • Leazes Ender

            I think we have a winner

            10 Alans and 343 goals

      • Dave Mitchison

        Martin Allen chipped in a couple aswell

        • Leazes Ender

          He doesn’t count.

      • Jezza

        Let’s hope not. We don’t need another Carl Cort job.

        • Leazes Ender

          Shola Ameobi was asked by a journalist, what his teammates call him? “Shola,” he replied. And how did Bobby Robson address him? “He calls me Carl Cort.”

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s not that incompetent….is he?…………hmmmmmmmmmm……..🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Duck Egg

  • Steven05

    Alan O’brien

  • East Durham Mag

    “Media Claims” that just about sums up Newcastle United’s transfer window so far. Don’t worry lads Lee Charnleys on the job.

  • Steve Pearce

    He’s got a reputation for his dribbling and long range passing?

    An excellent buy if it comes off as he can complement Shelvey or cover for him if he is injured. With two players capable of such magic passing we could really make an impact as it would use up too many opposing players to block both of them which would increase attacking opportunities. Let’s just hope he looks as scary as Lord Shelveymort…..