May deal on the table: Terms agreed as Newcastle can press trigger on £6.5m signing - report
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle United have agreed terms to sign on-loan Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a permanent deal for £6.5million, according to a report.
Football site ESPN FC, quoting sources close to the player, claim the north-east giants have the option to push through the transfer of the 25-year-old next month.
It is said that the terms of the loan stipulate that Newcastle must take up the option within one week of the season ending.
ESPN report that personal terms have already been agreed as part of the deal and the transfer fee is set at £6.5million.
Newly-promoted Newcastle now have a decision whether to press the trigger on the deal as they prepare to shake up their squad ahead of promotion back to the Premier League.
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Atsu helped Newcastle secure automatic promotion on Monday night with a goal in their 4-1 Championship win over Preston North End.
The 53-times Ghana international has had a mixed season for Rafael Benitez’s side, scoring four goals and assisting three more in his 30 Championship appearances.
But only 13 of those appearances have come as a starter, with his league game time amounting to just 1,387 minutes.
The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Chelsea but he has spent the last four seasons out on loan after joining the Premier League giants in the summer of 2013.
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