Club Call are reporting the Newcastle scouts were watching CSKA Moscow striker Aaron Samuel Olanare (Aaron Samuel) earlier this week when they were at Benfica’s Stadium of Light watching the game against Benfica and CSKA which the Russian side won 2-1.
Aaron played in the Chinese Super League for Guangzhou R&F before signing on at the Russian club on a four and a half year deal in January of this year when his contract at Guangzhou finally ran out.
He has been capped seven times by Nigeria (2 International goals), and the news is that Tottenham were also in Lisbon checking on the player.
Rafa Benitez is said to be willing to put his disappointments behind him after a poor summer transfer window and concentrate on getting as many wins as possible on the board for Newcastle before the January transfer window opens.
But Rafa is also likely to want to bring in two or three players during January.
23-year-old CSKA Moscow Nigerian striker Aaron Samuel
If Dwight Gayle is not used much through the end of the year, he could be sold to Fulham for £15M as long as Newcastle have a striker to bring in – like Aaron Olanare.
Rafa will want to do that to make up for the lack of business done in the summer but also to get a start on strengthening the squad before the summer transfer window opens.
Rafa may also want to unload players like Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, and Sadio Haidara in January either permanently or on loan.
We could well see up to three players coming through the door in January.
We hope to see three players coming through the door in January.
Samuel seems to have everything it takes to be successful in the Premier League standing 6ft 3 ins tall and having some pace and physical presence.
What do you think?