Newcastle United are reportedly still in the race to sign Vasco da Gama central midfielder Andrey Santos in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle interest
The St. James’ Park outfit’s interest in Santos has been widely reported, as they look to increase their pool of promising young talent following the arrivals of Garang Kuol from Australia and Irish defender Alex Murphy.
He has already played 37 senior matches for Brazilian side Vasco by the age of 18, scoring eight goals (Transfermarkt), and looks to be another prospect from Brazil destined for great things.
The Latest: Still in race
As per French news outlet Le10sport, the North East club are one of five teams that have made an offer for Santos, with the January window coming up.
He has been dubbed the ‘new Bruno Guimaraes’ in Brazil, so a move to Tyneside seems the perfect fit.
However, PSG are now thought to be working on a potential deal ‘behind the scenes’, and their football advisor Luis Campos has ‘already positioned himself’ with Santos’ representatives.
A January transfer is possible, if a club can come up with a fee of around €20m (£17.5m).
The Verdict: Get it done
The comparisons to Bruno alone should persuade Eddie Howe’s side to make a swoop for Santos in January.
With three goals and two assists in the Premier League from the middle of the park, Bruno ranks as their second-best performer in the division per WhoScored, and so to sign a player of a similar nature in midfield should excite the Toon Army.
Lauded as a ‘monster’ physically by Brazilian legend Juninho, Santos has also been likened to one of the greats of the game in Sergio Busquets (Goal), and so the 18-year-old clearly has a very bright future ahead of him.
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