You cannot accuse Rafa Benitez of not casting the Newcastle net far and wide this summer in his efforts to get around eight first team players into Newcastle to vastly improve our squad and be ready for the Premier League next season beginning 12th August.
We have been linked with lots and lots of players (as usual), but haven’t yet been too successful in getting too many players signed, but we expect that to change shortly.
The Mirror is reporting today that we are keen on signing Andreas Samaris of Benfica; he is a 28 year-old central midfielder who generally plays as the holding midfielder.
28 year-old defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris of Benfica
We were last linked with this player back on June 8th when the Record newspaper in Portugal reported that Newcastle were interested in signing the €20M (£17.5M) rated defensive midfielder.
Newcastle are reported close to agreeing a £17.5M fee with Benfica for the player, who has surprisingly been made available by the Portuguese giants this summer.
The report in the Mirror is that we watched the player a lot during the last few games of last season and negotiations for the transfer of the player started as long as six weeks ago – so maybe we are now close to a deal?
It would be a huge boost if we can get this player signed and hopefully before preseason training starts a week on Monday – July 3rd.
In the last three seasons Samaris has played 110 times for Benfica with two goals.
We seem to be being linked with a number of new players today and hopefully that’s because we are close to completing some deals for them.
What do you think.