Teenage Brazilian on Newcastle's radar, Bruno Guimaraes recalled early by club

Bruno Guimaraes celebrates scoring for Newcastle.
Bruno Guimaraes celebrates scoring for Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE United are monitoring Vasco De Gama’s teenage midfielder Andrey Santos reports suggest.

The Brazilian is the subject of interest from the Magpies with his performances in Brazil’s Serie B league also attracting the attention of a number of clubs.

Despite ongoing interest, Santos signed a new deal with the club earlier this month which would keep him in South America until the summer of 2027. He has made 26 appearances and scored six goals this season with Vasco.

If a deal were to be agreed, the central midfielder would join become the third Brazilian in the same position in the squad along Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s national head coach Tite has revealed Brun Guimaraes was recalled from international duty early by Newcastle after picking up a thigh injury in training.

The 24-year-old missed both friendlies against Tunisia and Ghana to return to Tyneside for medical assessments and treatment ahead of their Premier League return against Fulham this weekend.

Guimaraes has had numerous fitness problems this season having only just made his comeback before the international break from a hamstring injury to feature in the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

With Newcastle hoping for good news this weekend, Tite admitted that the decision for him to head back to the UK was taken out of his hands by the Magpies.

He said: “Every game some situation surprises you, a high level performance. On top of the whole context, it can give (a surprise).

“I’ll give you an example. Bruno Guimaraes was with us. He wanted to recover and play again but the club asked him to return.

“He came to tell us that he was in a dilemma of staying and he even came to tell us that he’d like us to decide. I looked at him and said ‘No, this is your assignment. As maturity and growth, what brings you to the national team is high performance with health, this will bring you to the national team. How engaged you are, we know.’

“So the faster he’s back at the club, the more chance he’ll be here. Because I don’t know if in a couple of months, Arthur will be at the level he was at the Copa America where he was chosen as one of the best players.”

Newcastle are also sweating on the fitness of Callum Wilson, Chris Wood, Alexander Isak and Allan St-Maximin ahead of the weekend’s trip to Craven Cottage.