Newcastle fans react as Ruben Semedo looks set to join Villarreal

According to reports in Portuguese publication A Bola, Newcastle United look set to lose out to La Liga side Villarreal in the €14m (approximately £12.2m) race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in at least one new centre-back – and probably two – this summer as he looks to significantly strengthen his squad to ensure that they aren’t in a relegation battle next season following their return to the Premier League.

The Spaniard had been targeting a move for the 23-year-old – along with top flight rivals Southampton – but it appears as though the Portuguese player has opted to move to Spain instead.

Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the transfer update via social media, with many glad that they weren’t signing him as he clearly doesn’t want to play for the club, while others questioned Semedo’s ambition.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…