Newcastle’s Second Summer Signing Now Said To Be Imminent


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.

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8 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jun 24, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Popped on just before the rugby starts….

    Is it just me or are others thinking the reason we now want to pay half then half later for this lad is because we haven’t got that much coin. All of our transfers are paid in full normally.

    Add to this he has sold up in Rangers and rumblings he is looking to investors to help or take over.

    He also added the club could have all club generated funds which also suggests he ain’t putting anything in which I suppose we expected.

    My only worry is he has decided to take his loan back and this is why he brought the other bloke in to assist with the finances and let Charnley bumble along.

    Time will tell but Rafa may want to stay if he has been given promises for the future.

    I would of thought we could of afforded 8.7 million so why the need for 12 months interest free I am surprised.

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  • Chris

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Bambams I’m sure if we need not have much money then Rafa would of walk a few weeks ago.

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Bambams, might be something to do with not having a June premier league payment coming in, i suspect Rafa wants to spend big but is constrained by how much is in the bank account. Putting players on lay by is smart business until we get PL cash coming in again.

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  • Bambams

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers for that boys. Hope you are right

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  • PJR09

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Probably due to the factory er need at least 8 good played signed – dont pay dome in full ad usual to spread the cost

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  • Phil K

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Been “imminent” for a bloody month and a half

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  • Phil K

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Problem is no-one wants our overpaid under-talented parasites like Riviere and the rest
    Then theres the lads who ARE decent but only at Championship level and those teams don’t want to pay the rates they’re getting here

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  • pablos left foot

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Phil K. Yes, “lmminent” is becoming very boring, always “lmminent”, don’t want to hear “lmminent” again!!

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