Three reasons Newcastle should steer clear of signing Lisandro Lopez

According to reports in Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, Newcastle United are interested in signing Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez during the January transfer window.

The Magpies were linked with a move for the centre-back earlier in the year but O Jogo claims that they were unable to pay the €10m (approximately £8.9m at the current exchange rate) needed to prise him away from the Portuguese giants.

However, it appears as though they could return for the 28-year-old in the New Year after learning that he has become frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities at the Stadium of Light this season.

Another Portuguese publication A Bola, via Sport Witness, believes that the Argentina international could even be allowed to leave on loan, which could prove to be a tempting proposition for Rafa Benitez and the Tyneside outfit in what could be an important second half of the campaign.

Here are three reasons Newcastle should steer clear of signing Lopez…