There are various reports out today that Newcastle United are close to their fourth senior signing of the summer.
According to French outlet Courrier Picard, Newcastle are set to sign Amiens Swedish right-back Emil Krafth imminently.
Newcastle have already had a €1.5M offer turned down for the Swedish International who played for French Ligue 1 club Amiens on loan from Bologna last season.
He signed on with the French club earlier this summer, with Amiens having an option to buy as part of the loan agreement.
But he was left out of the side who played Leganes over the weekend as Newcastle continued to negotiate the price and the report is that he will sign soon for Newcastle.
25-year-old Swedish right-back Emil Krafth – 4th senior signing?
We hope that’s true.
The 20 times capped Swedish International has been reported to be very keen to sign on at Newcastle, and we only want players who want to come to Tyneside.
If we can get the Swede into the club we will have brought in a left-back – Jetro Willems on loan – and a right-back.
Full-back was one of our weak links over the last two seasons under Rafa Benitez so we will have at last tried to fix that weakness.
The price Amiens paid Bologna for Krafth was €2.5M, so a bid of around €6m is surely worth it.
And there was news a couple of days ago that Newcastle had increased their bid to £4.5m for the player.
It may be that the increased bid has now been accepted.
Mike Ashley has a terrible (miserly) habit of wanting every single deal to be the very minimum we have to pay out in transfer fees.
That’s cost us players coming to Newcastle in the past.
We hope he will loosen the purse strings at Newcastle from now on, but we seriously doubt it.
We hope the club can sign Emil Krafth and that will be four outstanding senior players brought in this summer, plus some good youngsters for the U23 side.
If that happens, it will have been a good window and should help lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.
We certainly need that!