Newcastle are ready to battle Benfica for the services of Argentine winger Ivan Bella.
The 23-year-old has caught the attention of scouts in Europe with a series of impressive displays for Velez Sarsfield, for which he has been dubbed the 'new Angel Di Maria'.
Reports in Portugal have revealed that Benfica, who sold Di Maria to Real Madrid in 2010, are the front-runners to land Bello.
But now it is understood Newcastle want to challenge Benfica to land him.
Velez Sarsfeld, currently second in the Argentine Premier League, appear ready to sell if they are offered around £3m for Bella.