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Could Jose Fonte be on his way to the Toon?

Jose Fonte ticks all the boxes of a Mike Ashley era signing.

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Jose Fonte just recently announced that his contract with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang has been terminated by mutual consent.

The Portuguese center-back departs from China after an absolutely horrid time. Signs of regression in his footballing ability have been present since his move to West Ham, and this unsuccessful spell in China only accentuates that.

However, he did enjoy a decent World Cup campaign, so it’s clear that he can still put in a shift. The 34 year old has a wealth of experience and could be a nice veteran presence in the locker room.

In an ideal world, news of a 34 year old center back hitting the market would be of no relevance to Newcastle United fans. However, with Newcastle low on funds, a move for Jose Fonte seems within the realm of possibility.

Chancel Mbemba's departure has stalled a bit in recent weeks, but it is clear that Mbemba won’t be a Newcastle United player for much longer. Hopefully, Newcastle generate decent funds off his transfer for Rafa Benitez’s use as he looks for reinforcements.

Chancel’s imminent departure does leave Newcastle United a bit short-staffed in the center-back department. However, given the pressing needs for players in other departments of the pitch and the formidable Lascelles-Lejuene partnership, it wouldn’t make much sense to splash the cash, or should I say the pennies, on a center back.

Instead, Rafa will most likely opt for an inexpensive defender to serve as defensive cover. Additionally, Mike Ashley has proven to be particularly fond of free transfers.

While Jose Fonte to Newcastle does seem to tick all the boxes, it remains to be seen whether Newcastle will be a serious candidate for his services. Time will tell.

In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you would like to see Fonte sign on a free transfer.