The Athletico Paranaese star would cost around £4million, but may initially join on loan.
We’ll have to wait and see if there is any truth in the story but if he could have a similar impact to that of his international colleague Gilberto at Arsenal Kleberson would be a welcome addition.
Also linked today is Lazio left back Giuseppe Favalli, who may join on a free transfer at the end of the season.
An imposing figure who, unlike most full backs, realises that his primary task is to defend, Favalli is a player who would make a vast improvement to the team.
Tomasz Hajto of Schalke is another World Cup star to be linked with a move to Tynseside.
The Polish international defender, capped 46 times by his country, is believed to be available for £3million, however anyone who saw Poland’s efforts at defending during the World Cup may be slightly worried if he ever signs.