The Shields Gazette is reporting today that Newcastle had a scout at last night’s Champions League game between Benfica and CSKA.
Benfica lost at home after being 1-0 ahead, and CSKA ended their run of 10 matches without a Champions League victory by beating the Lisbon giants.
Some other clubs were represented at the game including AC Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield.
One player we were interested in at Benfica throughout the summer was central midfielder Andreas Samaris, who was an unused sub in the 2-1 win for the Russians in Lisbon.
28-year-old Newcastle target Andreas Samaris of Benfica
Newcastle were reported to have bid €15M for the 29 times capped Greek International according to O Jogo in early August, but Benfica held out for €20M, and no deal was done.
It could be we are continuing to look at the 28-year-old, but there are a number of other Benfica players who could be interesting Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
Andreas has a contract at Benfica until the summer of 2019, and maybe Benfica will drop their demands in their required fee for their central midfielder.
We hope our scouts will be active from now until January and that we can bring in up to three players in the January transfer window to strengthen the squad.
Newcastle we could also sell players in January such as those who are surplus to requirements like Henri Saivet, Sadio Haidara, and Jack Colback.