The 35 times capped 29-year-old Greek International Andreas Samaris is again being linked with Newcastle today.
Rafa Benitez was first interested in Samaris of Benfica two years ago, but a move has not materialized.
However, Newcastle made every effort in January to bring the holding midfielder to the club.
Presumably, Andreas, who is very experienced and had an excellent second half of the season in Portugal could be a replacement for Isaac Hayden, if the 24-year-old leaves Newcastle this summer.
32-year-old Mo Diame is a free agent this summer and is almost certain to leave the club after three years onboard.
Samaris is a free agent, and even though Benfica blocked any move for him from Newcastle in January with a new contract offer for Samaris – no agreement has been reached on that.
Andreas Samaris – free agent turns 30 next month
Turkish media outlet Fotomac is reporting that Newcastle are now one of four clubs after the free agent.
They include Galatasaray, and Premier League clubs West Ham and Wolves,
It remains to be seen if Rafa will get a free run at Samaris since he will be 30 in next month and Ashley likes to sign players 26 and younger.
But here’s a case where clubs will be making offers for the player now – with Galatasaray reported to be ready to offer him a huge wage packet to move to Turkey.
Wonder what Lee Charnley will do about that?
We have to remember that Rafa will also have other midfield targets, but Samaris comes at a decent price.