Newcastle United now have the opportunity to sign Braga youngster Roger Fernandes, according to newspaper O Jogo.
Back in the summer, the Magpies were strongly linked with a move for the teenager. Although he was yet to make his first-team debut with the Portuguese club, the Toon were still interested.
However, O Jogo now report that the 17-year-old has not impressed as much as Braga would have hoped for. Consequently, he hasn’t been utilised much by the senior team.
As a result, they suggest the winger could be loaned abroad in January.
The newspaper then proceeds to echo the previous interest from the likes of Ajax, Newcastle and PSV, suggesting the club may consider cashing-in on his £3m market value.
This puts Eddie Howe’s side in a strong position, especially given the fact that Braga aren’t in the best of financial situations.
The Tyneside outfit could therefore look to make an offer for Fernandes in January.
Newcastle in strong position to sign Fernandes
Having tried to acquire his services previously, the Magpies see Fernandes’ potential.
The 17-year-old has been labelled a manager’s dream, due to his incredible work ethic and desire to impress.
Former Braga manager Carlos Carvalhal spoke to Sky Sports about the teenager, hailing his praises when he needed him to step up to the first-team.
He lauded his ‘unbelievable’ ability to carry out everything asked of him, after the youngster had studied the senior side to see how he could improve.
Highlighted by the arrival of Garang Kuol on Tyneside, Newcastle are keen to add youth talent to their academy – with the vision of first-team progression.
With this in mind, Fernandes would be a brilliant addition to Howe’s squad.
At such a young age, his potential is extremely high. With the opportunity to be nurtured by the club’s growing youth setup, the attacker could excel and earn opportunities further up the pyramid.