Newcastle United think Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves does not favour a move to Tyneside, amid claims Liverpool are keen to sign him.
That’s according to The Telegraph. They report that Eddie Howe’s side believe the Portugal international would prefer other options when he is allowed to leave the Old Gold.
It is said that both Liverpool and Manchester United are admirers of the 25-year-old.
However, it is believed Neves won’t be allowed to leave until the summer at the earliest.
According to 90min, the midfielder is on the Reds’ shortlist this month, but Wolves are desperate to keep him for the remainder of the season.
Neves could prefer Liverpool over Newcastle
With his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2024, Liverpool could potentially sign Neves on a reduced rate in the summer.
This could be a good option for Jurgen Klopp, who desperately needs to add multiple midfielders to his squad.
Although he isn’t that mobile, when positioned next to a strong runner, the 25-year-old could be a very solid option in the middle of the park at Anfield.
The Portuguese player is an experienced professional in the Premier League, having amassed 160 appearances in the division.
He has often helped Wolves achieve far beyond their expected level, also demonstrating he is a leader having earned the captain’s armband.
Lavished by former manager Bruno Lage as a ‘special’ player, Neves seems like the sort of person Klopp would love to have in his squad.
Therefore, although this doesn’t look likely this month, it could happen in the summer.