According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are closing in on the club-record £17.5m signing of Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris.
Magpies manager Rafa Benitez has more control over new additions following the departure of chief scout Graham Carr earlier this week, and he looks set to seal a deal for Greece international Samaris, who has won three consecutive Primeira Liga titles during his three seasons with Benfica.
If the 28-year-old does move to St James’ Park for £17.5m, the fee would eclipse the £17m that the Tyneside outfit paid for Michael Owen in 2005, and he would become their most expensive ever addition.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, with many confused at the potential club-record deal considering they had never heard of the player, and others noticing that the deal has come out of nowhere with few prior murmurings.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Out of nowhere
— Gordie (@gordiejennings) June 23, 2017
How close is this James? Brilliant if so..
— Daniel (@danjpeg) June 23, 2017
How many CM or DM we playing this season
— Anderson (@k1ando2) June 23, 2017
— Ewangutan (@BuryToonES) June 23, 2017
Rather Samaras than Samaris tbh #NUFC
— CΛLVO (@CalvinNUFC_1998) June 23, 2017
Thoughts on this Samaris link? Breaking our transfer record on a 28 year old CDM who i hardly even know of is very strange. #nufc
— Talk Of The Toon (@talkofthetoon9) June 23, 2017
Who knows much about Andreas Samaris then?
Can't say i've seen him play but i'd hope he's good if he's to be our new record signing! #NUFC
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) June 23, 2017
Who the hell is Andreas Samaris? all I know he's 28 and plays for Benfica and is supposedly "close" to a £17.5M move to #NUFC ?
— Steven Johnson ●○●○ (@GeordieLad10) June 23, 2017