By Harvey Byrne
Eibar defender Florian Lejuene will complete his move to Newcastle before the end of the week, according to a report.
The Northern Echo have claimed on their website that the Toon will meet the 26-year-old’s £8.7million buyout clause and that he will travel to England to undergo a medical.
It is detailed that talks have been ongoing for “a couple of weeks” with managing director Lee Charnley attempting to negotiate a deal which would see Eibar paid a portion of their centre-back’s transfer fee with the senior man keen to insert a number of clauses in the deal.
This led to the La Liga side rejecting Newcastle’s offers on numerous occasions, but a breakthrough is said to have been achieved over the weekend.
Euro giants Tottenham and Roma are also said to have been interested in the Frenchman, but it is reported that he will now double his current wages with Newcastle once he agrees a deal at St James’ Park.
Lejeune played in 37 matches in all competitions for Eibar in the last campaign and the reported figure is said to be the biggest in the 10th placed Spanish side’s history.
This will be Newcastle’s second signing of the summer after already bringing in attacker Christian Atsu in on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
Football Insider verdict:
Rafa Benitez knows Spanish football well and Newcastle fans will now be hoping the experienced manager can use his expertise to acquire them a very good player. The north east giants are going into their first season back in the Premier League and they will be looking to add players who they feel can keep them up. Now, Lejeune is an unknown quantity in England, but given his performances in Spain, Magpies fans will be confident he can become a regular starter in their side.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have expressed an interest in this Premier League 22-year-old, who is also attracting a £20million offer.