Friday afternoon has seen an exclusive, reporting that Newcastle are set to pay 20m euros (approx £17.5m) to secure the services of Andreas Samaris.

The combative midfielder turned 28 earlier this month and plays his international football for Greece.

Andreas Samaris moved from Olympiakos to Benfica for 10m euros (just under £9m) in 2014, so if this deal did happen, it would see the Portuguese club double their money.

The exclusive comes from Newcastle United’s official media partner, The Mirror, and they say that Rafa Benitez has been working on this deal for the past six weeks, since the Championship season ended basically.

The Mirror report says that quite correctly, Andreas Samaris has helped Benfica win the domestic league title in each of the last three years he has been in Portugal.

However, he has had an ever diminishing involvement.

His first season (2014/15) saw 27 league starts and one appearance off the bench.

Then the second (2015/16) season saw a reduced 19 starts and eight from the subs bench.

Finally, last (2016/17) season Andreas Samaris started only nine league matches with another nine as a sub, sitting on the bench 21 times in total.

Also, if the midfielder did arrive, don’t expect goals to be his strength, Samaris has only scored twice in three years of league football in Portugal.

Difficult to put a price on any player’s head in this crazy transfer market but obviously Newcastle wouldn’t be getting one of Benfica’s best players here, so every chance that if the midfielder wasn’t signed, he wouldn’t create a new transfer record beating the £16m wasted on Michael Owen.

Also worth mentioning that despite being Newcastle United’s official media partner, past experience doesn’t suggest that they get value for money from their involvement, certainly not when it comes to getting privileged information.

The arrangement started with a very embarrassing pair of exclusives.

The Mirror claiming that Charlie Austin had signed for Newcastle, then following that up by stating as fact that Saido Berahino was also definitely signing for Newcastle…

  • Jezza

    Must be season ticket renewal time again.

  • mactoon

    £16 million wasted on Michael Owen.. love it :)

  • davidelder9

    so what your saying is that basically its bo**ocks

  • Leazes Ender

    I never believe an exclusive before the 1st of July……

    • TheNutJob

      what year ?

      • Leazes Ender

        Next year

      • Cuh736

        This year

    • Geordiegiants

      The window opened the 9th June. I thought it was the first of July, but it’s not.

      • Leazes Ender

        Its an arbitrary date, which in the past has been the point at which Fake News aquires a little credibility.

      • toonterrier

        I thought the toon window opened on April 1st

        • Geordiegiants


        • Kneebotherm8

          It’s April fools day every day of the transfer window at the Toon.

  • TheNutJob

    has someone lost their mind at Nufc, first off it`s £9m for a French central defender worth £1m. then it`s this guy who transfermarkt values at £6.8m

    • Clarko

      How much is Mbappè valued at?

      • TheNutJob


        • Clarko

          Exactly, your point is void.

          • Carlo Ancelotti


          • Clarko

            How is Broadmoor treating you? Good I hope.

        • Geordiegiants

          Your wrong and he is right 😉. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz is a very apt way of putting it.

  • hetonmag

    Believe nothing the Mirror puts out the club just feed them non stories which has been proved in the past.

  • Kev-82

    We are going to have about 50 midfielders next year if all of these reports are to be believed.

  • wheyayeman

    Terrible value, very slim chance this is a true story. Next

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    Fake News

  • Vodkamagpie

    Pione sisto would be perfect, as anyone seen him play, he is like Liverpools mane

  • Steve Pearce

    The Mirror also owns the Chronicle and habitually prints loads of shyte about transfer “links”. So ignore this and its long out of date anyway!