Report: Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris close to Newcastle United move

Samaris close to sealing Newcastle deal?
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Newcastle United are close to agreeing an £18m deal with Benfica for Greece midfielder Andreas Samaris, according to reports.

Newcastle United have edged closer to a deal for Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris worth £18m, according to reports.

The 28-year-old Greece international, who has two years left to run on his current deal, featured 30 times for the Eagles last season as they sealed a third successive Primeira Liga title.

According to The Sun, who in turn have quoted Greek outlets, Samaris is close to joining Newcastle after the club improved on their initial £13m offer, which was rejected.

It has also been reported that Everton continue to maintain an interest in the defensive player, despite having seen their offer of £14m turned down in early July.

Toon boss Benitez has already clinched the signings of Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy this summer.

Javi Manquillo training for Atletico Madrid ahead of the Champions League final on May 19, 2014.
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