The Journal is reporting today that Newcastle United will finally wrap up their deal to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, when the team return from their Portugal excursion early next week.
Mathieu Debuchy – signing next week?
Only yesterday, there was news that Newcastle would step up their push to bring three players into the club, and Debuchy was one of those players.
And apparently personal terms have already been agreed with the player, so we assume Newcastle got permission to discuss the personal terms, since it usually comes after a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
But the terms were never going to be the problem, but the news today in the Journal is that Newcastle will finally increase their bid, and it seems Newcastle expect Lille to accept it – so we assume some negotiations have already been completed with the French club – if that news is to be true.
Newcastle are said to have already offered €5M which is around £4M for the French International, but the good news is that the French side have now signed Djibril Sidibe for £2M from Troyes earlier this week, and therefore have met one of their goals – in getting a replacement before they let Matthieu go.
Certainly it seems Alan Pardew will be pleased with this news, although he is in the loop on these things, and would have been updated on the news this week.
And it will bring to an end two years of watching Debuchy, after the 9 times capped French International impressed the season before last, when Chief Scout Graham Carr was scouting Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu’s pal, who is now on Tyneside, having signed last year for €5M, through a release clause in his contract.
This will be excellent news if it is true and we can get this lad on Tyneside, and now watch to see if Newcastle push to sell current first choice right-back Danny Simpson.