In Focus: Samaris could slot into Newcastle United’s midfield

Newcastle United are considering re-opening their pursuit of Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris, according to O Jogo.

What’s the word?

The Magpies were linked with a move for the Greek international during the summer window, but price was believed to be an issue.

At the time, The Mirror reported that the North-East outfit were struggling to meet the £17.5m fee, which would have been a club record.

Despite the previous problems in negotiations, O Jogo claims that Rafael Benitez is considering a fresh move when the January window reopens.

It is believed that Samaris was keen on a move to the Premier League, and given that he has made just five appearances in all competitions for Benfica so far this season, he may still hold that desire.

Could it work?

The 28-year-old provides options for Benitez as he is capable of holding his own in the middle of park.

The Greek is known for his range of passing and can also be relied upon to make a vital tackle when necessary.

If it is true that Newcastle are considering reviving their interest, it could mean that takeover talks are progressing well.

Benitez had to stick to Mike Ashley’s budget in the summer, which proved frustrating for the former Liverpool manager.

With potential new owners on the horizon, it would make sense for the club to be working on transfer strategy.

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