According to Alan Nixon, Newcastle are now ‘trying again’ to sign Swansea centre-back Federico Fernandez – however the fee they’re demanding is currently higher than we want to pay.
Fernandez has been confirmed as a potential option over recent weeks and is a player he’ll know very well (with them working together at Napoli) – however it remains to be seen as to whether we can agree a deal with Swansea here.
I imagine that we’d have preferred a loan deal (which would make sense given he’d be a temporary replacement for Lejeune), but it’s been suggested that Swansea are only interested in selling.
Here’s what The Sun’s Alan Nixon has had to say on the deal on Twitter today, suggesting we’re now back in for him – but are currently unwilling to pay Swansea’s asking price:
‘NEWCASTLE. Trying again for Fernandez are Swansea.
‘Fee still higher than they want to pay. Would be a buy.’
With Florian Lejeune now set for at least six months on the sidelines following a cruciate knee ligament injury, the signing of another centre-back seems to be one of Rafa Benitez top priorities over the next two days.
You can see why Fernandez would be an option, being someone Benitez knows well and a player wanting out following Swansea’s relegation, however I have serious doubts that we’ll pay the fee required to reunite him with Rafa.
He wants out and we need a centre-back, but history suggests we will not be prepared to pay much for a player who turns 30 next year.
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