Djuricic, who was loaned out to Premier League rivals Southampton in January for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, failed to live up to his billing at St Mary’s Stadium. Ronald Koeman declined to push forward with any attempts to make the loan deal permanent this summer.
During his formative years, the midfielder was something of a teenage prodigy in his home country of Serbia. At the age of 16, with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs hot on his tail, he was invited to a 10-day trial with Manchester United, where he rubbed shoulders with Fabio Capello, Marcel Desailly and Jose Mourinho.
When told of probable work-permit issues likely leading to prolonged loans away from Manchester United, Djuricic opted out, and instead remained at his hometown club of Radnički Obrenovac, before signing with Heerenveen in 2010.
After an impressive three years in Holland (a stint which saw him face our very own Steve McClaren, who was managing FC Twente at the time), he signed for Benfica.
Reports in Portugal have suggested that he is now surplus to requirements at Benfica and, in spite of supposedly having a €40m buy-out clause in his contract, it is likely he’ll be allowed to leave for far less than that.
Newcastle’s transfer priorities still remain in bolstering the centre of our defence, and increasing our attacking options. Nevertheless, we have been linked with midfielders all summer, and it is possible that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is still looking to add some creativity to our midfield ranks.
Whether there are legs in this transfer link remains to be seen, but until that window shuts at midnight on Tuesday 1st September, all we can do is sit and wait.
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Do you think we should be bolstering our midfield stock, or should we be focusing our attentions elsewhere?