Newcastle have been linked with Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar for at least a week now and it looks like he’s now set to become a Newcastle player with reports from Italy that a deal is very close to being agreed at only £3M – with the player in the last year of his contract at Palermo.
Only yesterday, there was a meeting between Palermo Sporting Director Daniele Faggiano and Lazaar’s agent Andrea Cattoli, to decide what was going to happen with the left-back.
24 year-old Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar
It looks like the decision is that Lazaar will leave the club and according to reliable Italian reports the player will sign a five year deal at Newcastle, with agent Cattoli in Newcastle today meeting with Lee Charnley.
There are multiple reports on this with Sport Italia and Gazzamercato both reporting a deal has been struck and the documents are being exchanged this afternoon.
Newcastle are due to pay €3.5M (£3M)for the Moroccan International left-back and the player will travel to England tonight and take a medical before signing a five-year contract at the north-east club.
The deal was agreed today after a good and positive meeting in Newcastle between his agent, Andrea Cattoli, and Managing Director Lee Charnley.
West Ham were said to be interested in signing the player and there was news last week they were even close to a deal, but it looks like Newcastle have done extremely well and it seems the deal will be finalized tomorrow – fingers crossed.
Lazaar joined Palermo back in January, 2014 from Varese, where he played 46 games with one goal and had one assist; he has played 76 games for Palermo with 3 goals and 6 assists in the last two and a half years.
He will be a very good acquisition for Newcastle for the 16 times capped Moroccan International.
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