Report: Newcastle confident of landing Fernando for just £5m as Southampton join race

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United are hoping to sign Fernando, but they will have to see off competition from Southampton and Bournemouth.

Manchester City's FernandoManchester City's Fernando

A report in The Sun has suggested that Newcastle are optimistic that they will be able to complete a deal for Manchester City midfielder Fernando for just £5 million, but they also have competition for his signature from Southampton and Bournemouth.

The Sun reports that the Magpies have made the 29-year-old one of their key targets as they prepare for their return to the Premier League, but may have initially expected to pay £8 million for the holding midfielder.

However, The Sun adds that with the former Porto man approaching the final year of his contract, City will be more willing to compromise over a deal, leading Newcastle to believe that they may be able to complete a move for £5 million.

But it appears that Newcastle's path to Fernando's signature may not be a clear one, with The Sun adding that both the Saints and the Cherries are keen on the Brazilian who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2014.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

However, it appears that Southampton and Bournemouth will have to act quickly, as judging by the fact that he made just five Premier League starts this past term, City may well appreciate the chance to sell quickly.

And with Newcastle seemingly willing to offer an amount not far off City's asking price, it would hardly be a surprise if they have little hesitation about giving the move the green light.

Manchester City's Fernando in action with Tottenham's Victor WanyamaManchester City's Fernando in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

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