Newcastle United have withdrawn their interest in Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos.

The Greek stopper, who has 6 caps for his country, has impressed between the sticks this season for Benfica, who finished second in the 2019/20 Portuguese top flight.

That led to him catching the eye of Newcastle United, but now the Magpies have cooled their interest in the 26-year-old significantly.

This is no doubt down to the collapse of the proposed takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi-backed consortium last week.

Odisseas – who was born in Germany but represents Greece – embodies an interesting transfer target for the Toon, who already have a more than capable goalkeeper in Martin Dubravka.

Dubravka was one of Newcastle’s star players in 2019/20, winning the club’s player of the season award.

Although a swoop for Odisseas is now over according to Portuguese publication O Jogo, the fact Steve Bruce was said to be considering a move for a goalkeeper may raise questions over Dubravka’s St James’ Park future.

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