Newcastle have reportedly rekindled their interest in Fulham’s Joao Palhinha ahead of what looks to be an active summer window. The 27-year-old has been a revelation since signing for Fulham last summer for the bargain fee of £17m.
The Sun is reporting Newcastle are among six Premier League clubs holding an interest in Palhinha. For Newcastle, the interest is not new as he was on their radar as recently as February of last year.
Newcastle didn’t move for the Portuguese international, who has starred at Craven Cottage for the resurgent Cottagers. The defensive midfielder’s value has increased significantly just 8 months after from his move to West London.
The Portuguese international is one of the primary reasons Fulham are fighting for a European place in their return to the Premier League. Fulham has fallen off the pace in recent weeks without their suspended midfield enforcer.
There are some issues with Newcastle’s interest as he doesn’t quite fit the profile at St. James’ Park. He’ll turn 28 this summer while his price tag could reach a staggering £50m with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham on his trail.
Palhinha would be an outstanding signing but Newcastle are likely to look elsewhere for their deep-lying midfielder. The club have shown they will not overspend and prefer to sign targets under the age of 25.