Securing promotion back to the Premier League proved to be a mere formality for Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle outfit, as the Magpies stormed to a top two finish before pipping title rivals Brighton at the post to win the division.
Our Geordie punters here at the Transfer Tavern are in jubilant mood on the back of a winning season, and the rumours circulating regarding their summer transfer activity is only serving to further excitement the St James’ park faithful.
A rowdy bunch surrounding the jukebox beckoned over our landlord, who had a good chinwag with the fans about their side’s summer ambitions.
A dominating central midfielder was at the top of their wishlist, and nobody could look any further than Man City’s Fernando.
The Brazilian was a bit part player at the Etihad last season, making only five league starts.
Newcastle could secure the player in a cut price deal as City will be keen to get the player of the books, and 29-year-old Fernando would be a quality addition to the middle of the park in the north east.
Benitez will look to add bite and drive to his midfield unit this off-season, and Fernando is the perfect man to lead the charge next season.
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