Benitez clinches first signing: 24-year-old jets in to finalise £4.5m Newcastle move - report
By Harvey Byrne
Goalkeeper Matz Sels is set to jet in to Newcastle on Tuesday to complete a £4.5million transfer from Gent, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the Championship club are on the brink of their first signing of the summer, and the first of Rafael Benitez’s reign.
It is said Sels is due to fly in to Tyneside on Tuesday morning and could finalise his move as early as Wednesday as Newcastle step up their squad overhaul.
West Ham and Middlesbrough have also been linked with the 24-year-old but the north-east giants now appear to have won the race.
With doubts over the future of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot still recovering from a serious knee injury, Sels is set to battle for the No1 spot.
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Karl Darlow impressed as a stand-in for the final weeks of the 2015-16 season but Sels has the pedigree to be the first-choice at St James’ Park.
Sels is yet to earn an international cap for his country, but he was in the Euro 2016 preliminary squad before he narrowly missed the final cut.
The shot-stopper starred for Gent in the recently completed season, making 53 appearances in all competitions and conceding just 57 goals.
This included eight appearances in the Champions League where the Belgian side were knocked out by Wolfsburg in the round of 16.
In other Newcastle news, the club have reportedly secured a £13million midfielder deal after a breakthrough in talks.