Just when we thought we were going to get a very good defensive midfielder through the door in Benfica’s 28 year-old Andreas Samaris, there is a report out today in the Shields Gazette that Newcastle are baulking at the £17.5M transfer fee being asked for the player.
The report is that Newcastle are unwilling to pay that much for Samaris and could move to other targets Rafa has already lined up and there are quite a few.
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, Manchester City’s Fernando and Torino’s Afriyie Acquah have all been linked with Newcastle in the last week.
Benfica’s 28 year-old Andreas Samaris – £17.5M asking price
Fernando would cost around £5M, Acquah around £8M and maybe Lucas around £4M and they are certainly cheaper options for Newcastle, with Rafa definitely wanting to bring in one holding midfielder this summer to go head to head for the starting position with young Isaac Hayden.
We would be very happy with either one of the last three listed above for those fees.
Maybe our preference is for 30 year-old Lucas Leiva, but 29 year-old Fernando would also be a great buy for Newcastle and both players would bring massive top level experience to the Magpies side for next season in the Premier League.
It also shows how things in the transfer market can change quite a lot from day-to-day – so what’s new?
What do you think?