Newcastle United are bottom of the Premier League, without a win in the competition this season, and find themselves already six points from safety.

The situation will impact on the club’s plans in the transfer market, and it’s clear that if they want to avoid relegation to the Championship, and all the problems that would bring, then they need to get some quality in.

That’s going to be difficult, clubs don’t want to sell important players in the winter market, and Newcastle United may have funds but on a sporting basis they’re not an attractive option right now.

Thursday’s edition of O Jogo report the Magpies want to open negotiations with Benfica to sign Odysseas Vlachodimos in the January window, however, the Lisbon club are totally against a winter sale and plan to look at the player’s situation next summer.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper has a contract with Benfica lasting until June 2024. He’s been first choice this season, and therefore his club wouldn’t want to have to change goalkeepers midway through the season.

Benfica are aware of Newcastle’s interest, yet intend to block negotiations from starting.