Newcastle United face transfer battle with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

A new name is said to be on the radar for the Magpies - but they face some major competition for his signature.

Newcastle United are showing an interest in signing Benfica’s highly-rated striker Goncalo Ramos, according to reports in Portugal.

The 20-year-old forward enjoyed a productive season with the Portuguese giants, scoring seven goals in 29 league appearances during the campaign as his side finished in third place in the Primeira Liga table.

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Ramos also gained significant experience in the Champions League and scored Benfica’s opening goal in their 3-3 draw at Liverpool as they exited the competition at the quarter-final stage.

The international stage has brought further success and Ramos found the net in Portugal Under-21s last three games to take his tally to 14 goals in 18 appearances.

The forward reflected on his progress during an interview with Daily Advent and discussed his ability in front of goal, saying: “I believe it’s something that was born with me.

“That I have since I played football, but it does not mean that I can not practice it everyday, to improve that instinct that I have.

“I think that the B team is the best possible way to prepare youth players from the academy for the first team. The league is very competitive, all the matches are difficult and you can learn a lot there.”

His undoubted potential has captured the attention of several clubs according to Portuguese news outlet Record, with German giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both said to be keen on his signature.

There is further competition from Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest also named amongst a growing list of interested clubs.

The reports states that Ramos - who is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes - has a release clause of around £103million inserted into his current contract but suggests Benfica would be willing to accept an offer of just over £30million to part with the forward.