According to a recent report from The Sun, Newcastle United are eyeing up a summer move for Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez. The 29-year-old made the move to the Liberty Stadium back in 2014 and certainly did his bit in maintaining the Swans’ Premier League status in his first three seasons in South Wales, although the Spaniard was unable to inspire them to safety last time round.
And while the centre back would likely be a useful addition to Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle squad, they should forget about him and instead seek to sign his Swansea teammate Jordan Ayew before the August 9 deadline.
Ultimately, while not hugely stocked in the centre back department, the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune proved themselves to be very adept Premier League defenders last season in helping the Magpies to a tenth place finish in the top-flight.
Add in the accomplished Ciaran Clark and indeed versatile star Paul Dummett, and it’s difficult to see how Fernandez commands regular football at St James’ Park, thus calling into question whether it’s really a move worth pursuing in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
Yet there is little doubt that Swansea teammate Ayew would improve the Newcastle squad, and indeed the first team, were he to move to the North East.
The 26-year-old may well have been part of a Swans team relegated from the Premier League last season, but he certainly tried his best to keep them up in bagging seven goals and laying on two assists in 36 league games for the South Wales outfit, while his tally of 11 goals in all competitions saw him finish as the club’s top-scorer.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that without Ayew’s exploits in front of goal, Swansea would have been relegated a whole lot sooner, with the Ghana international also underlining his Premier League credentials to suggest that dropping down to the second tier with the Swans would be something of a waste.
But with Newcastle in need of striking reinforcements, it is he who they must target this summer, as Benitez’s men only managed 39 goals in their 38 league games last term, with Ayoze Perez the only man to reach double figures.
And with neither Joselu nor Dwight Gayle entirely convincing of their capabilities last season, it’s clear that further reinforcements are needed in that department if Benitez is to indeed take the Magpies to the next level this time round – Ayew may aid in that quest.
Thus, the North Easy heavyweights should forget about a move for Fernandez, as there is only one Swansea star they should seek to land in the final few weeks of the window, namely 26-year-old Ayew.
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