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Newcastle Now Pursuing New Central Midfield Target

Newcastle United have today been linked with a move for 27 year-old Benfica defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris.

The report is out of Portugal where the Record says that Newcastle are interested in the £20M rated midfielder, but we wonder if Newcastle rate this player at £20M?

However, we should also take this news with a pinch of salt, since the transfer news out of Portugal has not always been 100% reliable or accurate on Newcastle’s targets.

So what’s new?


Andreas Samaris – 27 year-old Benfica midfielder

The 28 times capped Greek International has been at Benfica for three seasons, since signing on for €10M (£8.7M) from Greek powerhouse Olympiacos in the summer of 2014 on a five year deal and with a €45M release clause in his contract.

In January, Sunderland were credited with an interest in the player, but who would join Sunderland in January when they were bottom of the league and have since been relegated in 20th place from the Premier League?

The correct answer – nobody.

Samaris appeared 33 times for the Portuguese Champions last season  and in the three years he’s been at the Portuguese powerhouse he has made 110 total appearances, scored two goals and had seven assists.

He made his International debut for Greece back in October, 2013 in the final World Cup group qualifier against Liechtenstein and went on to represent Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Rafa could very well bring in two central midfield players this summer and Samaris could be one of them, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle are willing to pay the requested €20M for him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Will Armstrong start today for England?

  • hibbit

    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    David Wagner wants to make Aaron Mooy a Huddersfield record buy at £12m as he is “the heart” of the team, The Sun reports.

    should we be in for this lad ?????

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t know anything about this lad.

    Yes I think we should be in for Mooy!

  • martoon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron Knee – I don’t think so although I didn’t see the game he didn’t sound to have had the best of games in the quarter final. However that is not an accurate guide because sometimes when I read about games/players on here it is not the same as the one I just watched at SJP!

  • hibbit

    Jun 8, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    at 12m must be worth a look !!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 8, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6


    I watched about half the match and he looked slow. He wasn’t getting a lot of service, though!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Would rather mooy than mercinary delph for same price. Would also prefer him to s guy who has only played in Portugal yet costs 20

  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Samaris would be a massive upgrade on Colback (not saying much, I know); he is much in the Matic mould – I am sure that Benfica bought him to replace Matic, when he rejoined Chelsea.

  • kc2012

    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Mooy is a quality player. I spent 2015 in Melbourne and he was at Melbourne City and was by far the best player in the A-league (Poor standard I know) but he was very good for Huddersfield aswell.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Why not take a punt on Imbula at Stoke? A huge upgrade on Colback, I guess around 10m would make Stoke sell.


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