Newcastle United wants to sign Greek international midfielder Andreas Samaris from Benfica when the transfer window opens again in January.
According to The Mirror, The Tyneside club made an enquiry about Samaris in the summer but were deterred by the transfer fee, which was said to be £10 million. However, the 29-year old is out of contract next summer in Lisbon, and is likely to be available for a lot less this time round.
Samaris, who can operate either as a central or defensive midfielder has been with Benfica since 2014, during which time he has helped them win the Portuguese league three times, and their equivalent of the FA Cup once. He has won 33 international caps to his name, finding the net on one occasion.
Newcastle are likely to have rivals to sign him in the shape of fellow relegation candidates Southampton, but the Geordies remain favourites to land a player who is apparently keen to move to the Premier League.
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