Matz Sels passed his medical yesterday at Newcastle and has agreed terms on a five year deal according to Belgium outlet Sports Wereld.
The deal could not be announced yesterday since there were still some details to work out, but it’s expected Rafa Benitez’ first signing will be announced by Newcastle some time today.
Matz Sels – will join Newcastle today
Sels has been in excellent form for Gent over the last two seasons and he has starred in the Champions League for the club and has attracted Newcastle as a goalkeeper who takes control of the penalty box.
The Belgium outlet comments that Newcastle is a surprising choice for the 6ft 2ins Belgium U21 goalkeeper, since the club has only just been relegated to the Championship in England.
They also say that Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper Tim Krul is now expected to leave the club.
Everton’s new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman has certainly been interested in the player, who is recovering from a bad ACL knee injury.
There are also expected to be more signings this week with 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle expected to be one of the players coming in.
However, Crystal Palace are expected to themselves make a £13M bid for Newcastle’s England winger Andros Townsend – maybe even today.
There are reports the former Tottenham winger is even leaning towards leaving Newcastle, so he can get back to playing Premier League football next season, which gives him a better chance to play for England.
That would mean he has been at Newcastle for a very short six months, when he looked to be one of our best players.
Townsend leaving so early in the summer would be a big loss for Newcastle and for Rafa Benitez, but Newcastle are pushing Townsend for an early decision, so that if he does leave the manager will have ample time to bring in a suitable replacement.