During the summer transfer window, Andreas Samaris was repeatedly linked with a move away from Benfica. The midfielder wasn’t enjoying the prominence he wanted at the Lisbon club, and an exit certainly seemed a possibility.

The Portuguese press dragged several clubs into the equation, Newcastle United and Sunderland included, but nobody managed to reach an agreement with Benfica to sign Samaris.

At the time it was stated that Samaris was needed as cover, but that hasn’t really been proven the case since and a transfer is once again on the cards.

In their Saturday edition, A Bola state Samaris is very much for sale, and the midfielder is ‘on the market’. Newcastle United and Sunderland are once again mentioned as possible destinations for the player, along with West Brom.

This time there’ll be a discount, and Benfica are no longer holding for as a big as fee as they were before. A Bola state ‘having requested €16m in the summer, the value will now be lower’.

That gives clubs another chance, and for the two North East sides, Newcastle surely looks a more attractive proposition right now. Chris Coleman may be working hard to turn things around at Sunderland, but Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle are currently far out ahead in preference for footballers.