Could Luan be a cult hero at Newcastle?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez  reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Manchester, England.

The Gremio forward is highly thought of in Brazil and linked with Newcastle United.

Real Madrid's Casemiro (L) vies for the ball against Gremio's forward Luan (C) during the Club World Cup UAE 2017 final football match between Gremio FBPA and Real Madrid at the Zayed...

Newcastle United could turn to Gremio striker Luan after he was reportedly offered to Rafael Benitez according to the Daily Mail.  

The Magpies are desperate for reinforcements up front to help Dwight Gayle and Joselu in the goal-scoring department. 

The 24-year-old has seen his stock rise massively over the last 18 months. In 2016, he helped Brazil's under 23s win Olympic Gold when he scored in the quarter-finals against Colombia. 

Brazil's Gremio forward Luan (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Argentina's Lanus during the Copa Libertadores 2017 final football match at Lanus stadium in Lanus,...

During the 2017 season, he scored 18 goals, eight of them coming in the Copa Libertadores (South America's equivalent of the Champions League) where he netted in the final as Gremio won the competition. 

He has become a big game player and that is exactly what Newcastle need right now. He is an ever improving player with tremendous talent. 

Luan already has two caps for Brazil and will want to make a push for a place in their World Cup squad. He has been influential for Gremio during a successful period where he has helped them win the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brazil. 

Luan #07 (L0 and Neymar  of Brazil celebrate their second goal during the match between Brazil and Colombia mens football quarter final at Arena Corinthians on August 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo,...

The 2017 South American Footballer of the year has scored 55 goals overall for Gremio, which is quite impressive considering he is still only 24.  

His flair, technical ability and goals will endear him to the Newcastle crowd. He is the type of player who will try and lift fans out of their seats and that is exactly what is lacking in Benitez's team right now.

It would be a a signing that has long term potential and one that could be exciting. The Mail also report that Luan is being eyed by Liverpool, which proves his form is attracting the attention of the elite clubs. 

 

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