Robson reaffirms liking for Simao
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robson has taken advantage of a weekend off to fly to Portugal and eye some possible transfer targets with Simao said to be the main target.
The Magpies chief flew in on Friday with chief scout Charlie Woods, which is an indication of Newcastle's intentions.
Robson and Woods will watch both Portugal's Under-21 clash with England on Friday and then the senior team's meeting with Brazil on Saturday.
Newcastle's own Hugo Viana is playing on Friday and will be of obvious interest to Robson, but reports are suggesting that he will be tracking possible targets in both games.
It remains to be seen who the targets are although Benfica's Simao is said to be on Robson's list of targets.
"I don't speak about business related things," he said when asked whether he was watching Simao, although he did admit to liking the player.
"He is a great little player, interesting and quick, but I have said that before.
"It is not our policy, though, to speak of players we are interested in, as you saw when we signed Hugo Viana last summer.
"Nobody knew about that and that is how we like it."
Simao, who is now captaining Benfica, joined The Eagles last summer in a £10 million deal from Barcelona and he wrote his name into Portuguese footballing history when he scored the last ever goal at La Estadio da Luz earlier this month.
Robson is a huge fan of Portuguese football, after coaching spells with Porto and Sporting Lisbon, and will know all about Simao's abilities having admitted to watching him last summer.
At 23, the young forward has everything that would make him a possible Newcastle target, the only problem possibly being the £10 million price tag.
Simao should feature in Portugal's clash with Brazil, which will give Robson and Woods the chance to run the rule over him.
One reason Newcastle may have been alerted to Simao's possible availability is Benfica's current financial problems.
They are set to qualify for the Champions League from the Primeira Liga, but the move to their new custom built 65,000 stadium has left them almost crippled.
Sources in Portugal are stating that Simao and fellow midfield star Tiago will be sold in the summer to help bolster the club's finances.