Newcastle have reportedly revived interest in Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris, according to Portuguese media.

The Magpies are currently 12th in the Premier League table, just five points above the relegation zone, and the club are keen to bolster their squad in January as they look to secure their Premier League status for next season.

According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, one player that Rafa Benitez may target is Benfica midfielder Samaris, who they attempted to sign in the summer.

Six months ago, Benfica’s asking price ultimately priced Newcastle out of a move, with £17.5million being too high for the club. Now though, it is said that Samaris would only cost £7million, a much more affordable fee for the club.

The Greece international has only played five times this season, and is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League. The 28-year old’s signing would also add some much needed experience to Benitez’s side, as well as providing additional competition for places in the midfield.

Newcastle have only won a single point in their last four league games, with summer signing Mikel Merino missing for all three losses. If Samaris can strike up a partnership with Merino, Newcastle fans will surely be offered renewed hope for a relatively comfortable rest of the season.

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