Magpies weigh up Benfica pair
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Benfica duo Luisao and Nelson are reportedly on Newcastle's summer shopping list.
Benfica duo Luisao and Nelson are reportedly on Newcastle United's summer shopping list.
Glenn Roeder is determined to transform The Magpies into a team capable of challenging for honours and has outlined the need to strengthen his squad.
He took in Portugal's game with Belgium on Saturday, while other members of staff watched several other Euro 2008 qualifiers over the weekend.
Reports have suggested that Luisao and Nelson, who were not involved in internationals at the weekend, are on Newcastle's radar.
Kenny Shepherd, son of Magpies chairman Freddy, confirmed the pair are on the shopping list, but played down talk the defenders are prime targets of Roeder.
"They are two of many names, but at the moment there is nothing concrete," Shepherd told Portuguese daily O Jogo.
"At the end of the season, we will see."
Luisao is a powerful centre-half, who is a Brazil international, while Nelson is capable of playing in either full-back position.
Nelson scored a stunning goal at Old Trafford earlier in the season as Benfica lost 3-1 to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
Defence is an area Roeder is looking to strengthen in the summer and he is confident of having the funds available to inject extra quality into his squad.