It has been a rather frustrating window for Newcastle and Eddie Howe when it comes to trying to beef up their attacking lineup as they are yet to make a breakthrough despite there being just two weeks left of the transfer window.
However, next week could prove to be a busy one as clubs decide which fringe players they wish to loan out, with the likes of Conor Gallagher and Christian Pulisic on Newcastle’s radar. Elsewhere, with Benfica playing their second-leg Champions League qualifier next Tuesday, Ramos may well be allowed to leave, with the club’s manager, Roger Schmidt, recently claiming that ‘the market is open‘.
And Cronin believes that once Benfica’s tie against Dynamo Kyiv concludes, things may speed up on the Ramos front.
He said: “It is one that could potentially accelerate after the second leg next week, but at this moment, he’s seen as a key player for Benfica, they are currently in a Champions League tie.
“The interest is very, very strong. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on that one, but from last week, no change, really. But that date next week is potentially one to watch.”
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The striker is still very young at just 21 and last season was nothing too exciting from Ramos, who managed to score eight goals in 46 appearances across all competitions. However, that was while playing second fiddle to Darwin Nunez – and now as the main man, he appears to be thriving.
In just four competitive games this season, he has already managed to score five goals and register three assists, including a hat-trick in the Champions League and also netting in front of Eddie Howe during pre-season when Benfica beat the Magpies 3-2.
However, Newcastle may have to move very quickly as soon as Benfica’s game next week finishes, as it’s being reported that Wolves are also very much interested in bringing in the striker as they look to address their own attacking woes, having finished as the league’s fourth-lowest scorers last season.