Newcastle United held negotiations with 25-year-old Liga NOS forward

Magpies stay interested in SC Braga forward Ricardo Horta. They claim we were ‘willing to shell out nearly €12m’ for the attacker in winter, but were told the Liga NOS club were unwilling to sell their star man for such a fee.

Record state a ‘€30m buyout clause’ exists in his current contract, however, it looks Braga have no interest in letting him leave for a fee in the region of £10m and rightly so given he’s their star man and top scorer. Ricardo has bagged 18 goals and seven assists in all tournaments this campaign is a Horta and is coming into his peak years at 25.

Although we splashed out on Joelinton last summer, paying an almost unbelievable ‘£40m’ fee for the former Hoffenheim star, it’s classic Magpies (under Mike Ashley) to come in with a ‘€12m offer’ for a footballer worth much more in this day and age.

He’s under contract until 2024 and looks set to receive plenty interest this summer after another fantastic campaign, so it seems we’ll need to up our offer considerably if we wish to sign him presuming this reoccurring link from Portugal is true, that is!