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Some Newcastle fans on social media have been reacting after it was reported that the Magpies are in for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

What’s the story with Nunez?

The Magpies are, according to O Jogo, willing to pay €60m (£50m) for Nunez this month, and they’re apparently tightening their grip on the Uruguayan striker.

Unfortunately for the Tyneside club, they may face some fierce competition for the striker’s signature.

Indeed, Benfica are apparently hoping to receive an approach from Atletico Madrid for the forward, and if the La Liga champions enter the race, it’s hard to see Newcastle securing the attacker’s signature.

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Great signing

Newcastle need goals if they’re going to stay up, and Nunez would certainly provide that.

He has 13 goals in 14 league appearances this season, while he’s also found the net three times in the Champions League, including a brace against Barcelona.

United currently have something of a striker crisis on their hands with Callum Wilson out of action, but their worries would be alleviated massively if Nunez were to arrive.

This time last year, this sort of signing would have been seen as widely unrealistic for the Magpies, but now that they’re the richest club in the world, anything can happen.

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Fan reaction

Newcastle supporters are very excited by the prospect of Nunez arriving, and here’s what they’ve been saying on social media…

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