Newcastle have been trying so sign 26 year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune for a number of weeks now, but the good news reported by the Chronicle is the clubs are back in contact and Newcastle are expected to trigger his release clause of €10M (£8.7M) at any time.
That does not seem like much progress over the last couple of weeks but it turns out that Eibar wanted the whole transfer fee paid up front rather than in the two installments Newcastle wanted to pay.
26 year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune
So that has been sorted with the Magpies now agreeing to pay the whole fee up front and the other good news is that Florian has told friends he will indeed be moving to England to play for Newcastle.
Eibar have already began their search for Lejeune’s replacement and they will have the ready cash up front to do that.
The signing is now being reported in the Spanish press as being imminent with everything about the deal agreed between the two clubs.
Newcastle having already agreed personal terms with Florian and will double the player’s wages to join them.
It was hoped the deal could be completed last week before now, but for whatever reason that wasn’t possible and Eibar have been saying the deal will be done very soon.
Once the release clause is triggered in Lejeune’s contract it’s now expected the deal will close without any difficulties.
This is the biggest transfer deal the French club have ever done.
The next we should hear about this deal is that Lejeune is on his way to Newcastle for his medical, which could be over the weekend or early next week.
Lejeune could become the second player signed by Newcastle this summer, with 25 year-old Christian Atsu already signed from Chelsea for £6.2M, after having a good season on loan at Newcastle.