Benitez shows patience can pay off in transfer window as Samaris nears Newcastle switch

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United reacts during a pre-season friendly match between Preston North End and Newcastle United at Deepdale on July 22, 2017 in Preston, England.

Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on a move for Andreas Samaris from Benfica.

According to a report from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Newcastle United are closing in on a move for Benfica's Andreas Samaris, and the imminent switch proves that patience can be a virtue even in the craziest of transfer windows.

The report suggests that talks have evolved in a positive way and that the Magpies should now get the 28-year-old for around the £13.3million they offered earlier this summer.

Benfica's Greek midfielder Andreas Samaris (L) vies with Belenenses's midfielder Carlos Martins (R) during the Portuguese league football match CF Os Belenenses v SL Benfica at the Restelo...

That bid was rejected at the time, with Benfica reportedly holding out for £17.8million. Yet rather than match the asking price - as so many Premier League clubs have been forced to do this summer - Newcastle held firm and it seems their patience has paid off.

Benitez would have been rightly frustrated with Newcastle's transfer business in the earlier this summer, but with Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy and Florian Lejeune secured and the latter pair impressing against Bradford City earlier this week, things are looking up.

The Newcastle boss was never going to get caught up in the absurdity of a transfer window in which even average players are commanding fees upwards of £25million.

Instead he put his offer out there, waited and could now get Samaris to add more quality and experience to his midfield without breaking the bank.

Newcastle impressed in the Championship last time out, yet they will have to go some to ensure they are competing at the right end of the Premier League table come August.

Samaris is a 28-capped Greece international who struggled for game time last season and £13.3million could prove to be quite a bargain if he plays to his full potential at St. James' Park.

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United acknowledges their support after a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch