By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are finally set to land Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris from Benfica, in a deal said to be worth up to £13.5million.
It had been previously reported by The Mirror that the Toon were closing in on the signing of Samaris, who was valued at £17.5million.
However, the Shields Gazette then reported that the Magpies had “baulked” at Benfica’s asking price.
Now it seems a compromise has been reached with reports in the Greek and Portuguese press saying that Newcastle are ‘set to sign’ the player in a deal worth around £13.5million.
The news was announced by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, as reproduced here by Football 24/7.
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Greek publication Sportime have also run the story and claim that Samaris is on the brink of becoming a Newcastle player.
— Gerasimos Manolidis (@geramanolidis) July 26, 2017
Samaris has been a part of the Benfica team for three years after joining from Greek giants Olympiacos in a deal worth £8.75million in the summer of 2014.
He has since gone on to play 110 times in total for the club, helping them to lift the Primeira Liga three times, and has 28 caps for Greece.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are set to keep a close eye on this attacker with a family connection to the club.