Newcastle United should sign Lucas instead of Fernando

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates winning the league

Newcastle United are believed to be interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United are interested in signing Lucas Leiva from Liverpool.

Rafael Benitez is a known fan of Lucas, having linked up with the Brazilian at Anfield previously.

And a move for Lucas appears to be a much better option than making a bid for Manchester City’s Fernando.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Manchester City's Fernando

Newcastle were said to be interested in signing Fernando for £10 million (The Sun), early on after their promotion to the Premier League.

However, with Lucas available for half the price, the 30-year-old looks to be a far greater value for money signing.

Lucas would bring many of the qualities that Fernando would add at St. James’ Park, and already has a rapport with Benitez.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action

He could be a crucial addition of the North East side, as they look to complete back in the top flight.

Newcastle are known to be aiming to add a range of players, as Benitez does not want to just avoid relegation next season - he has his sights set far higher.

And Lucas’ arrival at St. James’ Park would be a signal of Newcastle’s intent ahead of the new campaign.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action with Southampton's Sofiane Boufal

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