Pundit moots '£4m' deal as Bruce confirms Lejeune set for Newcastle exit
Newcastle United are in a “bad place” after agreeing to sell “proper player” Florian Lejeune.
So says ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old centre-back’s imminent exit.
Quoted by Chronicle Live on 18th July, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said “Florian is on his way to Spain” and it “will put a few quid in the coffers.”
Lejeune, who has a year remaining on his contract, is set to return on a permanent basis to La Liga side Alaves where he spent last season on loan.
And Kenny claims that Newcastle are unlikely to spend big on signing new defenders this summer.
“If it is, say, £3m or £4m, that’s not a lot of money for a proper player,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“You’re not getting much back to spend on a replacement when all these other clubs are going and spending tens of millions.
“Newcastle are in a bad place at the moment. I think it’s doing a lot of harm to them thinking about what’s going to happen with the takeover.
“I can’t see them spending a lot of money this summer and I’d expect them to be in the same position for a lot of last season.“
Lejeune signed from Eibar in the summer of 2017 in a reported £8.7m deal.
He registered two goals and two assists across 46 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle.