Newcastle United seem to have made very good progress over the last few days in their bid to sign 23 year-old Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo.
The latest report from Portuguese publication O Jogo today is that Sporting are willing to do the deal and are now waiting for Newcastle to make the deal official.
The report in O Jogo is that Newcastle have managed to do the deal at a fairly low €14M (£11.5M) after Sporting initially wanted €20M for the player.
23 year-old Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo
There’s one caveat in all of this – the Portuguese press have not always been actuate in their reporting of potential Newcastle transfers.
The report is that Sporting ‘are waiting’ for Newcastle to get back to them on the deal and it looks like Newcastle are close to doing this deal and are certainly in the driver’s seat now.
From Sporting’s viewpoint they seem anxious to get the deal done as quickly as possible so they have the €14M cash from Newcastle and can start to look at bringing in a couple of new players to the club.
Southampton were interested in the player for some time now, but have made no move and French club Lille are interested, but it looks like they just simply don’t have the finances available with the news they only offered €7M for Semedo.
One problem with the deal is Newcastle will only get 80% ownership which is not allowed in England, so Newcastle would need to get the full 100% ownership of the player and maybe that’s something holding up the deal.
But with Sporting now very anxious to do the deal because they get the full fee up front in cash from the Magpies – there’s got to be a way to quickly work out any problems that still exist.
The next step would be for Ruben to have his medical.
Hopefully Newcastle can get this 23 year-old signed up in the next day or two, along with the season long loan signing of 19 year-old Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Then we’d really be in business with some real momentum in the transfer window.
Who will we sign next after these two?