It has been confirmed that Newcastle United were scouting at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
Before though you start worrying about which of David Moyes’ legion of cut price recruits from his former clubs, that Rafa Benitez might be interested in, it wasn’t actually that Stadium of Light.
Instead of the poor copycat down the road from us, Newcastle had scouts at the proper Stadium of Light in Lisbon, as Benfica hosted Borussia Dortmund.
A remarkable match saw the Portuguese side somehow emerge as 1-0 victors in this Champions League last 16 first leg game.
Dortmund absolutely battered the home side who scored from their only shot on target, whilst the German visitors registered 69% possession and dominated throughout.
Star striker Aubameyang, who Newcastle were regularly linked with in the past, wasted a host of chances and even saw his poor penalty effort saved.
Portuguese journalist Tiago Estevao revealed the list of clubs who had a scouting presence at the game, with Newcastle named alongside Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City amongst others, whilst Middlesbrough were also represented.
Safe to say it wouldn’t have been Aubameyang that Newcastle were watching, having missed their chance when he was at St Etienne, the Gabon striker is now in the very top level (and price) of goalscoring targets having shown himself to be a top striker in the Bundesliga.
No clues as to who Rafa who was actually having watched but obviously we all hope that summer arrives with Newcastle back in the Premier League and Benitez firmly in control of transfers in and out.
Whilst signing British players, who are good enough, is always a big bonus, the reality is that to get the right quality then it is almost inevitable that Rafa Benitez will be predominantly looking overseas to fill a Premier League shopping basket.
First things first though, last night’s draw at Norwich keeps things bubbling away with Newcastle still at the top of the table and now home games against Villa and Bristol City up next.
We’re getting there.