Newcastle United fans have been pretty jubilant in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
The North East giants went into that clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Brighton, which put an end to their impressive three-match winning streak, but they bounced back with a credible 1-1 draw against the Reds at St James’ Park.
Joselu got the equaliser to delight our resident Magpies supporters, and there may further positive news to come if a recent report by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo (via Sport Witness) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris, a reported target of Newcastle’s during the summer, has yet to pen a new deal with the Portuguese giants, which could leave them vulnerable in January and indeed at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old moved to the Estadio da Luz back in 2014 and has since been a regular feature in their side, playing 113 games for Benfica in the last three years, helping them to three successive Primeira Liga titles.
And his fine form attracted the interest of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle during the summer, and they may wish to reignite their interest next year as reports suggest that he has yet to sign a new deal (his current one ends in 2019), and has been given an ultimatum by the club’s president to either stay or leave.
And this could certainly play into Newcastle’s hands in the next couple of transfer windows.
Landlord’s verdict: Newcastle United endured a tricky transfer window over the summer, with the club struggling to land reported targets in a bid to help with their return to the Premier League.
They haven’t done too bad so far though, yet that is unlikely to stop manager Rafa Benitez looking to strengthen in January ahead of the second half of the season.
And they may renew their interest in Benfica’s Andreas Samaris, as reports suggest that he has yet to sign a new deal with the Portuguese champions, with the club’s president particularly clear about the 28-year-old’s future.
Another midfield option wouldn’t go amiss at St James’ Park, but whether they can lure Samaris away from Benfica remains to be seen.
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