Newcastle United are set to go toe-to-toe with several league rivals for the signature of an in-form defensive talent, according to a report.
While on the pitch, Jorge Fernandes has only conceded two goals this season with Portuguese employers Vitoria Guimaraes.
His performances have attracted interest from those at St James’ Park, according to the Daily Mail.
The source also states the centre-half, 23, is on the radar of league rivals Southampton and Fulham.
The Portugal under-21 international has helped his side to fifth in Liga NOS under the stewardship of former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes.
Vitoria only signed Fernandes in the summer for £720,000 but the Daily Mail says he is now worth around £16million.
Like all clubs around the globe, outfits in Portugal have struggled financially amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, Vitoria may have to let their talent go for slightly less than the £16million he is valued at with Premier League clubs on a healthier monetary footing.
Possible buyers may delve in for him in January, especially those with defensive frailties.
However, it is more likely that clubs will wait to see how he fairs for the rest of the campaign and make a rounded judgement before making enquiries.
Saint-Maximin has ‘no problem’ with Steve Bruce
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Allan Saint-Maximin has commented on his relationship with boss Steve Bruce.
The attacker was named as one of the Magpies players to be suffering with long-term Covid-19 effects.
The club recently announced that defender Jamal Lascelles was also enduring the same impacts from the virus as his teammate.
Speaking on a live video session on his Instagram account, Saint-Maximin addressed speculation that the pair had had a row with Bruce at the weekend, the source says.
He said: “[I have] No problem with the club, with Steve Bruce. I love the club, I love the fans.
“I love everything, I love my life in England and everything and I feel great. That is the only thing you have to know.
“No, I have no problem with Steve Bruce, no problem. I love this trainer a lot and he takes care of me so I have no problem with Steve Bruce.”
Newcastle face Bristol City in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday evening.
The competition announced that its final would now take place in April.
The EFL said it made the change in the hope that more fans would be allowed into Wembley by then.