Newcastle know that they need to invest during the January transfer window but whether that actually happens or not is a different matter entirely.
The long ownership discussions continue as Newcastle have suffered during the up and down negotiations on the pitch, with a mixed bag of results in recent weeks.
Rafa Benitez will hope to receive the money he needs to rejuvenate this Newcastle team, who are in need of inspiration.
Although it might not come from this signing alone, Newcastle should really look at acquiring Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris, who would provide extra competition and quality in the heart of midfield.
Having only made four appearances this season though, this could finally be the year he leaves Benfica for the Premier League instead.
It’s insulting for a player of his ability to have only played 5 minutes in Liga NOS but because of the improvements Benfica have made, specifically with the youth players, Samaris is no longer a player used by the Portuguese giants.
Newcastle already have a number of midfield options but none normally perform the deep-lying role as confidently as the Greek international.
The Magpies will regret not making a move for an experienced midfielder whose quality cannot be overlooked despite not offering a great deal in-front of goal himself.
Samaris is out of contract at the end of the season, with a move away surely inevitable.
His role would be to sit in-front of the defence and stop any attackers coming closer, something Rafa Benitez would be pleased to see alongside Ki for example.
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