By Russell Edge
Newcastle are among a host of Premier League sides in the hunt for Benfica winger Andre Carrillo, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Magpies are joined by Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and Stoke in pursuit of the 26-year-old, who is said to be available for a cut-price of £6million this summer.
They state that David Wagner’s side have already seen a £500,000 loan bid rejected, with Benfica looking to offload the versatile attacker permanently following a falling out with his current boss Rui Vitoria.
Carrillo, who joined the club on a free transfer last summer, is said to have turned down a move to £13million move to Leicester from Sporting Lisbon in 2015, as the Foxes went to shock the world by becoming Premier League champions.
However, his move across Portugal has not worked out well for the 36-time-capped Peru international, as he started just 13 matches, making a total of 32 appearances across all competitions.
Newcastle have already seen wingers Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy sign this summer, joining Matt Ritchie and Rolando Aarons as Rafael Benitez’s wide options.
Football Insider verdict
In today’s inflated market, £6million is an absolute steal, and Newcastle should be all over a move for the 26-year-old forward. His ability to play anywhere across the attacking line could prove vital for the Magpies this season, as they look to bolster their squad ahead of their top flight return. While his form has dipped in recent seasons, Benitez will be confident in his own ability to bring the best out the experienced international. The added competition will see the current Newcastle squad lift their game, plus he is the sort of exciting player who will get the fans out of their seats. The Magpies’ one and only Peruvian player in the Premier League was Tyneside icon Nobby Solano, and if Carrillo can emulate his fellow countryman, the Toon Army could be singing another name from the terraces.
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