Newcastle United look set to make their fourth signing of the summer, with Mexico defender Diego Reyes adding to the defensive options at St. James’ Park with a move reportedly imminent.
According to CalcioMercato, Rafa Benitez is set to swoop for the free agent, after numerous clubs have looked to land the defender since his contract at Porto expired this summer.
Their have been multiple teams interested in the Mexican international, with Serie A side Lazio interested, but Benitez will hope he can convince Reyes to join the Magpies as he is a free transfer that can add extra depth to the defence as well as providing the squad with a swathe of experience.
Reyes, 25, moved to Porto in the summer of 2013 for £6m from Espanyol. The defender made 49 appearances for Porto’s first team, scoring three goals.
Reyes was due to be part of Mexico’s World Cup team in Russia, before having to be removed shortly after the squad was announced as he was unable to recover from a long term injury.
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This week, the Express reported that Premier league sides West Ham, Brighton and Watford were all vying for the defender’s signature, who is reportedly set to make a decision on where he will play his football by the end of the week.
Reyes would be Benitez’ fourth signing of the summer, as the Spanish coach has already landed the permanent signings of Ki Sung-Yueng and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, in addition to the season-long loan deal for Chelsea winger Kenedy.
However, Newcastle fans have been pleading with the club’s hierarchy to make more funds available to Benitez to further improve the squad.