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Newcastle Close To Signing 28 Year-Old Benfica Central Midfielder For £17.5M

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?

Hope so.

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Shoulders knees

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #1

    To be honest I have never heard of him, not someone I have seen any where but £17.5 mill for a 28 year old ?

  • G

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Rate the lad, but its from the Mirror, therefore a complete fabrication.

  • giimps

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    more guesswork and fairydust from the mirror

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    There are a few papers carrying this story
    He has 28 caps for Greece and 22 CL games under his belt
    He’s no slouch

  • Shoulders knees

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Just can’t for the life of me place him, off to google him then ,

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Shoulders Knees
    He’s the kid in the Brazil world cup match between Grece and Ivory Coast that nicked the ball when Chieck Tiote dropped a clanger and nipped in for a goal.

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #7

    r.i.p. Cheick

  • Shoulders knees

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I see that lot from the darkside were after him in January. 😉

  • giimps

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads obviously got sense if he refused to go to Scumberland, hopefully he will join us in our ascent back to greatness……HWTL

  • Pitmatic

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d be delighted if we get Reina. Plenty of keepers have had very distinguished and sometimes pretty lengthy spells in the Premier League when supposedly past their prime. Think Tim Howard, David James and Edwin van der Sar. Elliot and Darlow are both decent, but not top class. Either would make a good back-up.

    That said, I don’t share the confidence in Woodman that some on here seem to have. He looks small and lightweight to me, and he didn’t impress me too much in the u20 final, despite the penalty save. Hopefully he’ll get a loan to a Championship side next year and we’ll find out more, but the idea that Rafa will be pencilling him in as our first choice keeper in two to three years is pretty fanciful. He’s done nothing.

  • giimps

    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    ED, hope everything is going well in your recovery , and many thanks for all these blogs and links, i dont know how you do it mate ….but im very glad you do…..cheers mate

  • lesh

    Jun 24, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #12


    PSG’s silly money comes courtesy of Emirates. Cithe’s silly money from Ethiad.

    How is it such clubs’ manage to spend such huge sums yet don’t fall foul of the FFP rules?

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    CLOSE TO SIGNING! If we signed all the closel to signings we’d ha be three first teams. It is all getting a cit ridiculous.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    CLOSE TO SIGNING! If we signed all the closel to signings we’d have three first teams. It is all getting a cit ridiculous.


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