Newcastle United have secured a deadline day deal with news that they are about to sign Federico Fernandez, according to The Sun.

One of the themes of the transfer window has been the frustration that Rafael Benitez has suffered in the market, despite him bringing six players to St James’ Park, but his emotions will be happier as he prepares to announce a seventh signing.

Fernandez arrived at Swansea in August 2014, and has gone on to feature more than 100 times in the Premier League for the Swans, but their relegation last season has had huge effects and means the defender is set to leave the club.

The Welsh outfit need to get their higher earners out of the door before the window closes, and the Argentine centre-back falls into that category.

Benitez has been chasing a defender for the last week or so, to provide cover and competition for Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Fabian Schar, the three fit options he currently has at his disposal, and he appears to have found one.

It is believed Newcastle will pay £6 million for the services of the 29-year-old, who could go straight into the Magpies squad for their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

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