Newcastle have announced their second signing of the day and our 11th signing of the summer, and the third new arrival in just four days – so those of you who said Rafa would be building a complete new side on Tyneside were right – the manager has now signed 11 players.
24 year-old Moroccan International left-back Achraf Lazaar become our 11th signing of this summer and we still have over three days left in the transfer window – he signed on for five years.
The fee is though to be £3M for a player who was in the last year of his contract at Palermo.
Achraf Lazaar – 24 year-old Moroccan International defender
This is what Newcastle have put on their web-site:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Achraf Lazaar from Palermo for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old Morocco international left-back has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at St. James’ Park.
Lazaar came through the youth set-up at Italian club Varese and spent two years in the first team before joining Palermo in January 2014, initially on loan.
He helped the Rosanero win Serie B at the end of his first season and has been a regular in the top flight, making a total of 76 appearances and scoring three goals during his time at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
This is what Lazaar said after signing for Newcastle:
“I am very happy to be at Newcastle United.” “I’m proud to sign here because Newcastle is a great team in England.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added this about the 11th new signing:
“Achraf is a good, young player with international experience who has grown his game in Italy.”
“He gives us width on the left, has a good left foot and will add great competition to the squad.”
Here are all the ins and outs so far this summer and we are now getting close to spending some real money – we are making a measly profit of only £1M this summer.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|