According to the Telegraph, Newcastle are close to bringing Antonio Barreca and Andreas Samaris in on loan.

The former was linked with a move last week, but the deal appeared to collapse once Jordan Lukaku came on the scene. However, the Magpies have seemingly revived their interest after Lukaku’s medical debacle.

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As for Samaris, he’s a player who has been linked with Newcastle in the past. There were reports in 2017 from the Mirror that he was going to become Newcastle’s new record signing. Instead of signing permanently, he’ll join Loancastle United on loan like everyone else.

Will Barreca and Samaris improve Newcastle?

Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle appears nonexistent right now. There were reports that the Spaniard won’t negotiate a new deal unless he got two new signings this month.

With two players on the way in the shape of Barreca and Samaris, will this be enough? On the face of it, no. The deals still represent zero ambition, using short term loans to patch over years of neglect.

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Barreca will merely be a backup option in defence, and he’s hardly received glowing reviews.

As for Samaris, the Greek midfielder has barely played this season for Benfica. That makes you wonder what he can really bring to the table at St James’ Park. And he’ll probably just arrive to facilitate Isaac Hayden’s departure.

While it’s unfair to write the pair off, this surely won’t have Benitez rushing to Mike Ashley with a pen in hand to sign a new deal. And nor should it.

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