Medical passed: Newcastle to announce defender deal - report
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat is on the verge of a swift return to the Premier League with Watford, according to a report.
Sky Sports Transfer Centre Blog (1.36) revealed that the 27-year-old right-back has passed a medical at Vicarage Road and that an announcement should be made imminently.
It was reported that the Hornets had agreed a £7.5million fee for Janmaat with Newcastle, meaning that the Toon are in line to make a £2.5million profit despite suffering relegation.
The defender was left out of Rafael Benitez’s squad for the Championship clash against Bristol City on the weekend in a signal that a move was imminent.
Tottenham’s DeAndre Yedlin has been lined up as a possible replacement to Janmaat at St James’ Park, as new signing Jesus Gomez lined up against Cheltenham on Tuesday evening in the EFL Cup.
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Benitez hinted on Monday that Janmaat could be set to leave, as he was quoted as saying that Newcastle would listen to offers for the Holland international.
Rafa on Janmaat: "I told him if he's here it's because I like him. If we get an offer we will analyse it" #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 22, 2016
The experienced defender made 32 appearances for Newcastle in their doomed Premier League campaign, but did bag two goals and four assists.
He has also played in 27 matches for his country.
The Holland international moved to St James’ Park in 2014 for a fee around £5million from Feyenoord.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Toon midfielder Henri Saivet has joined Saint-Etienne on loan for the rest of the season.