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Newcastle join Liverpool in race to sign Gremio star Luan

  • Newcastle could beat Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio striker Luan in January
  • Rafa Benitez has the chance to secure the 24-year-old's signature for £17.5m
  • Jurgen Klopp has shown an interest in signing the Brazil international 

By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline

Published: 08:13 EST, 28 January 2018 | Updated: 08:14 EST, 28 January 2018

Newcastle United could beat Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio striker Luan after the Brazilian was offered to Rafa Benitez.

The Magpies boss has just three days left to find himself a forward following his frantic search for some more reinforcements up top in this transfer window.

Luan's recent performances have earned the Brazilian a call up to the national team and has caught the eye of several clubs in the Premier League. 

Newcastle beat Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio striker Luan in the January window
Newcastle beat Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio striker Luan in the January window

Newcastle beat Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio striker Luan in the January window

Rafa Benitez only has three days left to find himself a striker before the window shuts
Rafa Benitez only has three days left to find himself a striker before the window shuts

Rafa Benitez only has three days left to find himself a striker before the window shuts

Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the 24-year-old but the Brazilian club have given first dibs to Newcastle if they can stump up the £17.5million asking price before the window shuts on Wednesday night, according to The Sun.

Luan has made over 130 appearances for Gremio, scoring 36 goals during his four years at the club.

The Brazil international even featured in the FIFA Club World Cup final defeat to Real Madrid in December.

Luan, 24, played in Gremio's FIFA Club World Cup defeat against Real Madrid in December
Luan, 24, played in Gremio's FIFA Club World Cup defeat against Real Madrid in December

Luan, 24, played in Gremio's FIFA Club World Cup defeat against Real Madrid in December

Benitez has been linked with several forward in the past year as he missed out on Tammy Abraham to Swansea last summer and failed to sign Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen last week.

Watford captain Troy Deeney has also been a target for the Spaniard as the Tyneside club look for a bigger presence up top.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has fell out of favour at St James' Park and could be allowed to leave for the right price.

However, Newcastle have rejected a bid from Brighton recently as the Seagulls failed to meet the club's £15million valuation of the Serbian. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could look to add more depth  after Saturday's FA Cup defeat
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could look to add more depth  after Saturday's FA Cup defeat

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could look to add more depth after Saturday's FA Cup defeat

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