Newcastle snaps up Fernandez from Swansea

Newcastle United has turned to former Argentina international Federico Fernandez to provide cover in the centre of defence.

Federico Fernandez (R) is challenged by Matt Phillips during the Premier League match between West Brom and Swansea City.   -  Getty Images

Federico Fernandez has been reunited with Rafael Benitez after completing a reported £6 million switch from Swansea City to Newcastle United.

Magpies boss Benitez had been on the hunt for defensive cover following Florian Lejeune's cruciate ligament injury and his search has ended with a two-year deal for the experienced Fernandez.

The 29-year-old spent the last of his three seasons at Napoli under Benitez's guidance before moving to the Premier League with Swansea in August 2014.

He made 128 appearances for the Swans in total, but was unable to prevent the team enduring relegation to the Championship last term.

Fernandez joins former team-mate Ki Sung-yueng in making the move from the Liberty Stadium to St James' Park this off-season.

"I know Federico well from our time together at Napoli and it was an easy decision to bring him here," Benitez said, adding, "He is experienced, a very good professional and he will add competition in defence."

Fernandez won the last of his 32 caps for Argentina in 2014, having been part of the squad that reached the World Cup final that year.


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