Benfica’s Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos is interesting Newcastle according to a report.

Portuguese publication O Jogo claims that the Magpies have joined AS Roma in the chase for the 25-year-old’s signature.

It alleges Newcastle want to explore a permanent deal, or a loan with the option of buying at the end of it.

Benfica have reportedly told potential suitors that a deal will cost in the region of over £13 million.

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The Greek stopper kept an impressive 15 clean sheets from 34 league games, last season, conceding just 30 goals.

But surely, any Newcastle interest must be taken with a pinch of salt.

It is difficult to imagine the club paying such a steep price for someone who, in essence, would be back-up to current number one, Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle hope to agree new deals with both back-up keepers

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Karl Darlow is said to be in talks about extending his deal, while Freddie Woodman is entering the last year of a deal the Magpies would like him to extend, before going on loan.

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It seems Benfica may be using Newcastle as a pawn, to extract a higher price from AS Roma.

The link seems tenuous, at best, with many other priority areas in need of strengthening. So, using a large chunk of their budget on a back-up goalkeeper does not seem to make sense.

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