Newcastle United could be looking to make a late move for Benfica’s French midfielder Soualiho Meite, as Eddie Howe eyes key reinforcements.

According to 90 min, Newcastle United are interested in Soualiho Meite, who currently plies his trade at Benfica. The Magpies are seeking additions in multiple areas, with the 27-year-old French midfielder considered among their options.

Newcastle United are set for a busy period in the transfer window as January draws to a close. The Magpies were expected to be one of the dominant forces in the market given their new Saudi-backed ownership. There is still plenty of time to get deals over the line, but they have a huge task at hand.

Among the profile of players sought, Newcastle United are desperate for a central defender and a midfielder to shore things up in those respective areas. They have already signed Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, but their focus remains on the spine of the side.

Their search for a centre-back has been more complicated than everyone thought. Newcastle have so far failed to secure their primary targets and have barely progressed in pursuit of the alternatives. Diego Carlos is now their main target, although Sevilla’s demands have threatened to scupper any possible deal.

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While Newcastle continue to be linked with more names each day, there is also a visible need for a central midfielder who is more defensive in his approach. Brighton’s Yves Bissouma was also considered, but the Magpies may choose alternatives with the Malian unlikely to be signed midway through the season.

The latest player to fall on their radar is Benfica’s Soualiho Meite. The 27-year-old French midfielder has emerged as a viable target, possibly due to the Portuguese club’s willingness to deal with Newcastle.

He was a consistent performer with Torino in Serie A before joining Benfica last summer. Meite has not been the preferred player in the defensive midfield role this term at the Portuguese club, making just 12 appearances across all competitions.

With a long-term contract in place, Benfica will certainly look to make a massive profit on the €6 million they paid to Torino. Newcastle United are in a position to pay up a reasonable price, and they might consider a late approach for the midfielder.

Meite may not be the first-choice target for the Magpies from the look of things, but he could become an option if the primary options are unattainable. Newcastle should certainly do some groundwork if they decide to make a last-ditch offer.

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