There’s more news today that Newcastle are now very close to signing 26 year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune, with news recently that the Spanish club’s Sporting Director Fran Garagarza is now saying he’s resigned to losing the center-half to Newcastle.
So that looks straightforward enough, but we know it’s not because Arsenal have entered the race and we recently lost out on Ruben Semedo, who decided to move to Valencia at the last minute after Newcastle thought they had him in the bag – so to speak.
26 year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune
So you never really know with the transfers, but there’s no doubt it would be very good if Newcastle can get another player through the door this early in the summer transfer window, which doesn’t open officially for business until July 1st.
Deals can be agreed for players now, but they will be officially signed on July 1st, when the next financial year begins.
Newcastle have triggered Lejeune’s £8.7M release clause in his Eibar contract and Lee Charnley and team are now talking personal terms with the player and hos agent.
The Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle hope to close the deal this weekend and that would be very good.
Newcastle are also said to be confident of getting the deal done, even though Arsenal have contacted Eibar about the player and there is also an interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
As a reminder this is what Eibar Sporting Director Fran Garagarza said recently about how strong Newcastle’s push was for Florian Lejeune:
“I’m not very optimistic,” “I see it difficult for Lejeune to stay.” “We are worried that Newcastle are taking very strong steps.”
Let’s hope Garagarza is right and we can sign this very good player before the weekend is out.
That would be great and also give us some much needed momentum in the transfer market.
What do you think?