In Focus: Newcastle United want Lopez, but is he what they need?

Newcastle United are tracking Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez ahead of the January transfer window, according to the Chronicle.

What’s the story?

The Magpies have been linked to the 28-year-old before, and it appears that the Argentine will be a target when the window reopens in the winter.

The Chronicle claims that Lopez is an option to strengthen the North-East outfit’s defence.

The centre-back has struggled for game time at Benfica this season having started just one league match so far.

Given the fact that Lopez did not replace Victor Lindelof when the Sweden international left to join Manchester United in the summer, it is safe to say that the Argentine is not regarded as a major contender at Benfica.

Is he the right choice for Newcastle?

It is not so much a matter of Lopez being the right man, it is more a case of whether the Magpies need a new defender.

The centre-back is unlikely to dislodge Jamaal Lascelles given the captain’s impressive performances and recent new long-term contract.

Florian Lejeune signed for the North-East outfit in the summer and is  on his way back to action, while Ciaran Clark is also a reliable figure to call upon.

It would not make the most sense for Rafael Benitez to strengthen the defence in January as it is not a major necessity.

On the flip side, if the club are determined to sign Lopez then it may not take much to convince him due to his current lack of minutes on the pitch.