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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Brazil's Ze Maria For QPR?

Various messageboard hints suggest....

Eurosport - September 26 -
Blades drop Ze Maria bid
"Sheffield United drop their interest in former Brazil wing back Ze Maria after failing to agree personal terms with the player. The 34-year-old was available following a stint at Levante and is still linked with a move to the Championship to QPR. EuroSport

BBC - Blades pull out of Ze Maria deal
Sheffield United will not be signing Brazilian midfielder Ze Maria after talks with his agent broke down.
The 34-year-old former Inter Milan, Parma and Perugia defender had a one-week trial with the Blades after leaving Spanish side Levante.
"Negotiations were ongoing and it appeared we'd reach an agreement," boss Bryan Robson told the club website. "But talks have broken down, the player will not be joining us and I will be focusing on targets elsewhere."
After leaving Levante during the summer, Ze Maria had recently been linked with a return to Italy with Lazio. He can play at right-back or on the right wing and has won 43 caps for Brazil in total. BBC

The Daily Mail a week ago:
Daily Mail September 18, 2007 - "...QPR move for Brazil defender
QPR are closing in on Brazil defender Ze Maria after a delay in his move to Sheffield United. Bramall Lane boss Bryan Robson was impressed with the 34-year-old after giving him a trial and wants Ze Maria to sign an incentive-laden contract. But QPR are in the hunt and hope to open talks today. Daily Mail

Bryan Robson on De Maria last week:
Sheffield United Official Site - September 17: Boss confident of Ze Maria deal
Bryan Robson is confident a deal can be done to bring Brazilian Ze Maria to Bramall Lane. ... Robson confirmed on Monday: "We are talking to his agents at the moment, negotiations are on going but we are confident a deal can be done. We may have some more news on Tuesday or Wednesday.
"I've been pleased with Ze Maria's composure and his passing, I think he's got a good attitude and he is impressive by the club. He's shown that he is willing to work hard and that's good news." Sheffield United Official Site

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