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Newcastle have intense interest in Portuguese defender, they have been following him for a while

Newcastle have intense interest in Portuguese defender, they have been following him for a while

Newcastle United are thought to be interested in signing the Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares at the end of this season.

According to O Jogo, Burnley are keen on the defender as well but Newcastle’s interest is thought to be more intense.

Apparently, the Magpies have been following the Portuguese defender for a while now and they were keen on paying around 15 million for the defender a season and a half ago.

It will be interesting to see if the Premier League side come forward with a concrete offer for the young defender in the coming months.

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The Magpies signed Jamal Lewis from Norwich City at the start of the season and the youngster has shown his qualities from time to time.

Signing another young left-back in Tavares would be slightly surprising. Both players would need ample game time to continue their development and therefore a more experienced option would be ideal along with Lewis.

Tavares is rated highly in Portugal and he is a much better player going forward as compared to Lewis. The 21-year-old is an excellent crosser of the ball and his passing in the final third is quite efficient as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Lewis if Newcastle decide to splash out on the Benfica player. Perhaps a loan move away from the club for Lewis would help both players.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle can fend off the competition and secure the services of the Portuguese defender this summer.

Read: Worrying injury blow for Newcastle United

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