Report: Newcastle 'ready' to sign £30m international; contact made with Champions League club
Newcastle United have now made contact with Benfica as they plot a move for goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (5/12; page 70).
The Magpies currently have four first-team goalkeepers on their books, with Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow seemingly battling for the number one spot. Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie are also at the club.
Nevertheless, it appears that Newcastle want to strengthen between the sticks in January. And the player that they have reportedly been scouting regularly is Vlachodimos.
The Sunday Mirror (5/12; page 70) reports that the club are now ‘ready’ to sign him and have made contact. The Greece international is valued at £30 million and is keen to move to the Premier League.
However, his club want to keep him until the summer. And they are looking to agree a new contract with the 27-year-old with his current terms set to expire in 2023.
Vlachodimos would be a statement signing from Newcastle
Vlachodimos has helped Benfica keep the third-best defensive record in Portugal this term. They also go into the final match day of the group-stages of the Champions League with a chance of overtaking Barcelona and reaching the knockout stages.
He is the kind of shot-stopper that the photographers will love. He is an incredibly energetic and acrobatic keeper.
But he is also able to mix up his distribution. In Portugal, he averages just 3.9 long passes per game this term, while that rises to 7.8 per game in Europe, according to Whoscored.
And if Newcastle are willing to spend £30 million to bring him to Tyneside when they already have four goalkeepers, it would suggest that the Magpies are confident that he could be a huge signing.
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