Newcastle United will reportedly make a bid to try and sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.
The Lowdown: Continuing pursuit
It was reported last week that the St. James’ Park outfit are continuing their pursuit of Ramos, as they look to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes.
Benfica are thought to have included a massive €120m (£100m) release clause in his contract as part of his most recent deal, but he could be sold for less – the Eagles have a reputation for developing top talents and selling them on when the time is right.
The Latest: Bid incoming
They are trying to ‘anticipate the competition’ for his signature, which includes fellow Premier League rivals Everton, Leeds United, Southampton and Wolves.
The Verdict: Get it done
Given the level of competition for Ramos and their desperation for a new number nine, this is a deal that the Tynesiders need to get done as soon as possible.
Hailed by BBC broadcaster Andy Sixsmith as a player who is the ‘perfect fit’ for the Magpies as he is ‘brilliant in the air’, a ‘real clever finisher’ and a ‘proper grafter’, Ramos has already hit the ground running this season with four goals and three assists, including a hat-trick against FC Midtjylland in Benfica’s UEFA Champions League qualifier (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, the Portuguese starlet is only 21 years of age, and so Eddie Howe’s team would be getting someone who has the potential to become one of the best strikers in the world.
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