Report claims Newcastle are preparing £13.2 million bid for Lisandro Lopez

Benfica's Argentinian defender Lisandro Lopez controls the ball during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs SC Braga at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 9, 2017.

The Benfica man would be a useful addition to the Newcastle United squad.

Benfica's Argentinian defender Lisandro Lopez (C) celebrates after scoring the equalizer during the Portuguese league football match FC Porto vs SL Benfica at the Dragao stadium in Porto...

Reports emanating from Portugal today claim that the Magpies could be back in for Benfica ace Lisandro Lopez in January, and €15 million (£13.2 million) might just be enough to get a deal over the line, according to Portuguese media outlet Record.

Rafa Benitez has endured a difficult Premier League campaign thus far, and despite the fact that his side sit comfortably in 12th position in the table, he has still had to face heavy criticism from pundits and fans alike for his side's inconsistent, flakey nature.

The Spaniard will surely be looking to strengthen his options in January, with the addition of an established centre-back featuring highly on his wish-list, although it is unclear just how much money he will be given to spend.

Dries Mertens (L) of Napoli competes for the ball with Lisandro Lopez of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between SSC Napoli and Benfica at Stadio San Paolo on September 28,...

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According to the Portuguese Record, Benitez is lining up an offer for Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez in January, and he could be available for just over £13 million.

Standing at 6ft 2in tall, the Argentine is strong in the air, and in the challenge - two attributes that are prerequisites for anyone hoping to be a success in the Premier League.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

At 28-years-old, Lopez is extremely experienced, and possesses the kind of leadership skills that the Toon currently lack.

And if Rafa manages to bring him to St James' Park in January, it could turn out to be a real coup for Newcastle.

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