Newcastle United cool interest in Benfica keeper

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.

MP writes to Premier League over slow Newcastle takeover

Member of Parliament for Jarrow, Kate Osborne, has claimed the Premier League’s delay in approving the takeover has caused ‘mental anguish’ in her constituency.

The consortium involved in the prospective acquisition of the Magpies, which involves Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers as well as the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, are awaiting the result of the Premier League’s owners and directors test.

The proposed £300m deal for the club has been in the pipeline since April, and the delay in communication from the Premier League has caused annoyance and concern among some Newcastle fans.