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Newcastle Fans React To Potential Signing Of Florian Lejeune

The big news today – so far – is that Newcastle have triggered the release clause of £8.7M for 26 year-old Eibar center-half Florian Lejeune.

Lejeune is one of the center-backs we have been linked with recently, but it looks like Rafa Benitez has now decided Florian is one of the center-backs he wants at Newcastle this summer.

And if we are to believe the news from Portugal over the last few days, Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Semedo looks to be the other center-back Rafa has gone for – the 23 year-old is now valued at about £12.1M by the Lisbon club.

Good close-up shot of 6ft 3ins tall Florian Lejeune

Here are some reactions to the news on Twitter:.

were linked with this player last week and he is a big strong player at 6ft 3ins and was released only last summer by Manchester City, but had an excellent first season in Spain and attracted some top clubs.

The People are reporting today that Newcastle have agreed a fee of £8.7M for Eibar center-half Florian Lejeune, after triggering the release clause in his contract at the Spanish club.

Previous reports had said that Eibar valued their player at £8.7M – now we know why.

32 comments so far

  • nightfa11

    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Never heard of him or semedo.. But having 2 starting cbs with no pl experience sounds fun 😀

  • nightfa11

    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Yedlin semedo/lejeuen mangala Gibbs
    Shelvey sigurdsson carvalho
    Ritchie Tammy batsuyashi

    only 100 mio and change.. Luckily we have a billionaire owner..and dead wood in access of 2 mio

  • cyprus

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Gibbs, sagna, Delph, would be excellent additions.

    Given the CB s we’re looking to get it and the keeper, it would appear he considers the current line up to be below par.

    I disagree. I think he should start from the top and go backwards till he runs out of money, not the other way round.

    But then I’m not on 5 million a year.

  • Levi

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    i dont really want this to be true as the thought of mangala is exciting and I’m a huge fan of Maguire but I cant see us signing either of them if we have gone for semado and this guy

  • switch365

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Loving the fact that our defence, which has been so neglected year after year, is once again seen as a priority for Rafa to improve upon.
    I’ve long held the thought that it is only the failure of strengthening our back 4, that has prevented us becoming the team we could have been.

  • Blofal

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s surprising me that for all the players that we have been linked with – very few have been attacking midfielders. And that is the position I think we struggled most with in the Championship!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    not really sold on maguire or mangala, who while both are good on the ball don’t have great recovery pace. Not saying this guy has but I think semedo is fairly rapid


    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe we arent going to be playing with a number 10 or its just very early in the window


    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Have to agree with u on maguire….only seen very little of the lad in honesty but was less then impressed when i did….mangala….tbh,nee idea

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Nightfa – looks good but bats I think has been linked as a make weight with Monaco more likely. Sigurdsson no chance. Carvalho I’d live but I think might be out of our range.

    Yedlin semedo/lejeuen mangala Gibbs
    Shelvey sigurdsson carvalho
    Ritchie Tammy batsuyashi

    So the side then looks less impressive.

    I do think rafa needs to build from the back and it is not as strong as it needs to be. On clark is the right level. Lascelles I have doubts over his pace. Yedlin quick going forward but again defensively not sure. Dummett gets stuck but I think he’s ok not great but steady. Not so much when coming forward. Hanley is not good enough. We need a better keeper. We have good ones but not a great one.

    It’s all about raising the level up. Rafa knows that and it’s encouraging to see. However I doubt some of the links have any truth.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d stick a fork in reina now looks a no go.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13


    You judging that by their ‘Pace’ in FIFA?

    Your comment is laughable.

    Everybody knows Mangala is quick across the floor. He’s just a bit clumsy but still an excellent signing for a team like us.

    Also, everybody putting Yedlin in their teams? He’s so bad. Needs to go back and run track or something, not a footballer.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Stories so bizarre this morning. Now being reported we are going to meet the 15 mill Arsenal want for Gibbs


    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Howay Yedlin clearly isnt bad he was a stand out player at a World Cup, has PL experience at RB and had a very good season with us last year pretty sure that makes him a footballer

  • WLtoon

    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #16

    How much money does Benitez have to spend? i dont think he has as much as some of the bloggers think . Some articles are claiming he has to go for cheaper options, and he has to move players out in order to fund moves for other players. I think some people are getting carried away with some of the rumours and actually believe we have a chance. Why do bloggers still put Reina in their stating 11 when its been stated several times that he is,nt interested in joining us. Two weeks ago we were being linked with players around the 20- 25 M range, Cairney and Deeney are just two of the many that we were linked with. Now its players around 10 -15M range that we are linked with. Maybe next week it will be 5-10M.

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Must admit, I know squat about this guy or Semedo but I’ll trust Rafa’s judgement. As far a Sigurdsson goes, I’m not so sure that we’d have no chance. If we slapped a bid in of £25M + Diame, I reckon that would get Swansea’s attention.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Either my refresh button it broke or this is just another one days lately!

  • U.S Magpie

    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank God, finally we actually have a manager in place that understands that you build from the back.
    I hope Rafa get all the players he wants to bring in and he can start preseason training and friendlies with what he feels would be the starting 11. On another note, this Tammy thing with him talking to Brighton? Ok I get he live near Brighton but isn’t it Chelsea who says where he goes to? I mean, if I was Chelsea which manager would I feel would give the best education. Don’t get me wrong I love Chris Hughton but Rafa has way more world class experience, so surely Chelsea would want him managing this Kid.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Just 7 away from the 100 mark.

    Ionut Radu – tuttomercatoweb
    Jordan Pickford – The Sun
    Tom Heaton – The Sun
    Orestis Karnezis – Tuttoudinese
    Pepe Reina – The Sun
    Willy Caballero – The Times

    Callum chambers – The Mirror
    Harry Maguire – The Chronicle
    Kevin Malcuit – France Football
    Gregory Van Der Wiel – HITC
    Ryan Shawcross – The Independent
    Carl Jenkinson – The Chronicle
    Josef Yarney – HITC
    Ben Gibson – The Guardian
    Davide Santon – Tuttomercatoweb
    Jozo Simunovic – The Daily Mail
    Luca Caldirola – Sky Sports
    Mikael Nade – France Football
    Kieran Tierney – The Daily Star
    Brian Oviedo – Diez (HITC)
    Abdul Baba Rahman – The Mirror
    Eliaquim Mangala – The Daily Mail
    Peter Ankersen – InsideFutbol
    Ruben Semedo – A Bola
    Wes Morgan – The Sun on Sunday
    Nathan Ake – The Chronicle
    Kieran Gibbs – The Sun on Sunday
    Phil Barnsley – The Daily Mail
    Efe Ambrose – The Scottish Sun
    Andrew Robertson – Graeme Bailey
    Jeison Murillo – Gazzette dello sport
    Andrea Ranocchia – The Chronicle
    Miguel Layan – Sport Witness
    Florian Lejeune – The Northern Echo
    Bacary Sagna – Daily Mail
    Marvin Zeegelaar – Record

    Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Sun
    William carvalho – A Bola
    Sam Clucas – The Guardian
    Fabian Delph – The Guardian
    Aaron Ramsey – HITC
    Jean Michael Seri – HITC
    James McCarthy – Telegraph
    Tom Cairney – Telegraph
    Oghenekaro Etebo – OwnGoalNigeria (HITC)
    Yaya Toure – The Sun
    Fernando – The Daily Mail
    Gabriel Pires – Marca
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The Chronicle
    Ryad Boudedouz – Talksport
    Aaron Mooy – SBS The World Game
    Mehdi Abeid – L’Equipe
    Carles Aleñá – The Sun
    Afriyie Acquah – Ghanasoccernet
    David Lopez – Pericos

    Marcus Coco – Sun on Sunday
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Croydon Advertiser
    Bright Osayi-Samuel – HITC
    Frank Acheampong – HITC
    Moussa Sissoko – CalcioMercato
    Jay Rodriguez – The Chronicle
    Christian Atsu – Sky Sports
    Tom Ince – The Mirror
    Oghenekaro Etebo – A Bola
    Nicolas Pepe – L’Equipe
    Yann Karamoh – L’Equipe
    Andros Townsend – The Chronicle
    Clinton Mata – Foot Mercato
    Dion Pereira – Evening Standard
    Tom Lawrence – The Chronicle
    Seyi Ojo – The Chronicle
    Kamil Grosicki – Hull Daily Mail
    Ismaila Sarr – Mercato

    Willian Jose – Daily Star
    George Thomas – The Independent
    Andre Gray – The Chronicle
    Jamie Vardy – Ladbrokes News
    Jermaine Defoe – The Sun
    Tammy Abraham – Ladbrokes News
    Jay Rodriguez – Daily Mail
    Daniel Sturridge – The Guardian
    Jonathan Walters – The Telegraph
    Sandro Ramirez – SPORT
    Kasper Dollberg – HITC
    Arnel Jakupovic – The Daily Star
    Chris Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post
    Josh King – Northern Echo
    Mattia Destro – Football Italia
    Kelechi Ihenacho – The Chronicle
    Henry Onyekuru – Le Soir
    Ashley Barnes – ESPN
    Michy Batshuayi – HLN
    Olivier Giroud – Jeinny Lizarazo (Pelatazo)

  • switch365

    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    To be fair we’ve had great keepers and protected them with poor-average defenders.
    I’d happily continue with Darlow/Krul/(Eliott/Woodman) with a quality back 4 in front of them. Clark has been a far better player for us than he was for Villa he works extremely well with Lascelles. RE: Lascelles, only he, Rafa and the physio’s know how much his performances were effected by his injury. Yes he had a few stinkers but who didn’t? On the whole together they were as good as anything since Albert and Peacock.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Albert and Peacock… There a blast from the past… How I loved that big Belgian, he was as tough as teak!

  • G

    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Never rated Darren Peacock, always seemed a yard behind and rash in the challenge. Was happier with Howey at the back, when hishamstrings weren’t going twang that is.

  • Harley

    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Never heard of this player but I have to trust Rafa knows best. A bit gutted if we don’t get Mangala after being linked with him so heavily.
    Someone earlier on here said Mangala had no pace?!!! It’s probably his biggest asset. This blog can be crazy at times!!!!

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    What about Wes Saunders? Big lump of a centre half. He was a bit of a figure of fun among me and my toon mad mates at school. He was ok…til he turned to a life of crime. (Got busted for shoplifting or something I think!? A pair of gloves from Marks n a Sparks ‘allegedly’…someone once said, probably)

  • nut meg

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Wes Saunders did walk out of a shop without paying for a pair of gloves,don’t recall what shop it was but can remember his nickname …gloves. He’s also the father of x factor singer Lola Saunders.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Woah wtf has just happened to this layout

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #28

    The numbers have gone, and what do we do with the hearts…?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #29

    We break em lol

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Hahaha 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    I think it’s the thought police coming for me for my Saunders comment!

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    I got 2. Don’t get that many on FB


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