In the summer, reports from Portugal said Newcastle United showed interest in signing SC Braga’s Roger Fernandes.

It was also stated the Tyneside club didn’t want to miss out on the 17-year-old, but no deal took shape. Apart from the Magpies, Ajax and Atlético Madrid had looked at him.

This is now highlighted by A Bola, who add Newcastle United even tried to convince the Primeira Liga side’s president, António Salvador, to sanction the winger’s sale in the last window. Their efforts were in vain.

Braga believed the player’s valuation would improve this term, but that has not happened due to Artur Jorge’s appointment as manager in July. Fernandes has been training between the first team and Braga B but has only played in Liga 3 [third division].

The youngster’s current situation has left Eddie Howe’s side worried, and they are looking at it with ‘curiosity’.

It’s further claimed Newcastle ‘intend to return’ to sign Fernandes, likely with a low offer, taking into account the attacker’s value has dropped.

Time will tell whether the English club can convince Salvador this time to let go of the 17-year-old, after failing in the summer.