Eibar Sporting Director Fran Garagarza has given a positive update on Lejeune’s move to Newcastle, but the deal still seems to be going at a snail’s pace and we’re not sure why.
Both the Chronicle and the Shields Gazette are reporting that progress has been made and the deal is closer to being completed – so we suppose that’s good news.
But we will be a lot happier when Florian Lejeune actually signs for us.
26 year-old Florian Lejeune almost signed
And there’s a quote in the Gazette from their Sporting Director Fran Garagarza which he made yesterday:
“Right now all the roads point to England. The English are showing their interest and we fear that he will not continue with us.”
There seems to be some penny-pinching going on with Newcastle in the way they pay the £8.7M (€10M) release clause, but why it’s taken this long points to a problem with the way Newcastle negotiate deals – seemingly always to save a buck.
It’s very rare that Newcastle wrap up a deal quickly and that has to change in the future and we’re sure that’s what Rafa will be telling Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley today – otherwise we can lose out on too many deals.
The deal is said to be very close to being completed – closer than a couple of days ago.
So who knows maybe we can even get this lad signed in the next day or two.
Certainly Florian Lejeune looks a good player and he’s coming to be a first teamer on Tyneside, so he will increase the competition for places in central defense.
And he is reported to be extremely keen to join Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?