Swedish football writer Daniel Kristoffersen is reporting that Newcastle have agreed on a fee for Amiens right-back Emil Krafth and that the player is heading to Newcastle for his medical today.
His article in the Espressen claims that Newcastle and the player have also agreed to personal terms on a four-year deal. It appears that a breakthrough in the negotiations between Newcastle and Amiens was achieved late yesterday.
Newcastle had reportedly bid twice for Krafth with both bids having been rejected. The lastest rejected bid was around £4.5m. However, it was claimed that Emil Krafth was desperate to join Newcastle and that he had even returned to Sweden as he missed out on Amiens final pre-season game.
Newcastle seems to have upped their bid by £1m to £5.5m to close the deal. This represents a very nice profit for Amiens who paid Bologna £2m for Krafth this summer.
Emil Krafth– on his way for medical?
Local journalists are also now reporting the same information as well as some outlets in France. However, all are referencing what Daniel Kristoffersen has reported.
Newcastle were supposedly also tracking Bordeaux right-back Youssouf Sabaly who would have cost twice as much as Krafth. If these latest reports are true, it appears that Sabaly will no longer be a target.
Krafth will provide competition at right-back for Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin. However, Manquillo only has one year remaining on his contract so it will be interesting to see what happens with him and a new contract.