According to The Sun, Young Boys defender Loris Benito has arrived in England ahead of a potential move to Newcastle United.
The 27-year-old, who is a two-time Switzerland international, has helped Young Boys win the Swiss Super League in each of the last two campaigns.
The defender’s contract with his current club will expire at the end of June, though, suggesting that he will be seeking pastures new.
According to The Sun, Benito has touched down in England to undergo ‘final talks’ with Newcastle ahead of a potential move to St James’ Park.
Should the move go through then Benito could become Newcastle’s first signing of a new era at the club, funded by UAE billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Indeed, Magpies owner Mike Ashley is said to be in talks to sell to the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
A selection of the Twitter reaction in relation to a potential swoop for Benito can be seen below:
What is happening at our club – my heart can’t take it
— Shane Kearley #IfRafaGoesWeGo (@srkearley) May 27, 2019
Another swiss defender…yes please
— Dell ⚪️⚫️ (@agbnufc) May 27, 2019
This is not the Newcastle I know, what is going on
— Adam Fallis (@AdamFallis) May 27, 2019
Decent left-back, i’m very happy with this
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) May 27, 2019
Would be a surprise to have someone sign this early in the window!
— Southern Magpie (@southern_magpie) May 27, 2019
Doesn’t make any sense if we don’t have a manger signed on. Unsure about who the owner is going to be?? Who is deciding to sign him…?
— Alastair Hill ? (@alastairhill01) May 27, 2019
Or even Ashley’s final signing, either way fingers crossed ???
— ?SHEIKH MJANUFC? (@MjaNufc) May 27, 2019