Naldo: Elia could really help Werder Bremen

The out-of-favour winger is set to leave the Old Lady this summer, and the Brazilian defender has been enthused by the idea of the Dutchman replacing former wing wizard Marko Marin
Werder Bremen defender Naldo believes that Eljero Elia would be a great signing for the club if he were to complete a move from Juventus in the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old was hailed as the man to end the Old Lady's wing woes last season after arriving from Hamburg, but he endured a torrid 2011-12 campaign making just four appearances under Antonio Conte for the eventual Serie A winners.

Having been deemed surplus to requirements, he has been linked with a host of clubs - including Bremen, who are keen to replace new Chelsea signing Marko Marin - and the Brazilian stopper admitted he would be delighted to see such a "great player" become his team-mate.

"If Elia joins from Juventus, that would be great," Naldo told Bild.

"I played against him when he was at Hamburg. He is a great player who can help us. I would be happy if the transfer went through."

A move may be in the pipelines if Kicker is to be believed. The publication claims Elia was in Bremen this week to negotiate a possible switch, having recently seen a transfer request granted by the Bianconeri.

However, Juventus are reportedly demanding 7 million for the services of the Netherlands international, while the Bundesliga outfit are only prepared to sanction a loan deal.