Eddie Howe eyes revisiting failed deal as Newcastle United continue interesting transfer strategy
In the summer reports from Portugal suggested Newcastle United were keen on signing SC Braga’s Roger Fernandes.
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Newcastle United could continue their recruitment drive by revisiting a deal that reportedly fell apart in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies have a history of going back in to do deals that may have hit the rocks previously, with Sven Botman as the key example of where their persistence paid off. Botman’s former club Lille rejected January bids and advances from ambitious United in the winter window earlier this year, only for around £32million to get the deal over the line in the summer.
And another deal they could reportedly go back in to do is for Portuguese-based youngster Roger Fernandes.
Portuguese outlet A Bola have revealed United attempted to sign the Primeira Liga side’s 17-year-old winger failed when the Magpies’ heirarchy could not persuade Braga president, António Salvador, to sanction the winger’s sale in the last window. Both parties were believed to a distance apart in terms of valuation.
Now, though, the same publication claims United will return with a lower offer for the Guinea Bissau-born attacker, after he has fallen way down the pecking order since the summer.
Since Artur Jorge’s appointment as manager in July, Fernandes has been training with Braga B’s side while only playing in the Liga 3, the third tier in Portugal.
Competition for the youngster’s signature
Should United move for the the youngster, they would face significant Champions League competition to land Fernandes.
Both Ajax and Spanish giants Atlético Madrid are understood to be keeping tabs on the player’s progress.