Newcastle United have agreed their first summer signing and more are set to follow after the Mike Ashley green light.
Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has agreed a three-year deal with his boyhood club and will join on a free transfer after leaving Motherwell.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the club are working on multiple other signings that are set to be completed in the next few weeks.
Like the Gillespie deal, they are set to be free transfers for players whose contracts have expired.
All the deals have been sanctioned by owner Ashley, who remains in full control of the club along with managing director Lee Charnley.
This comes after manager Steve Bruce stated on Friday that it is “business as usual” at St James’ Park.
Newcastle have already agreed a one-year contract extension with striker Andy Carroll and confirmed an even more significant deal on Thursday afternoon.
United announced that Javier Manquillo had pen to paper on a new four-year deal days before his old deal was due to expire.
✍️ We are pleased to announce that Javier Manquillo has signed a new four-year deal at Newcastle United!
Delighted to have you signed up, @JavierManquillo! 👊🇪🇸
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 25, 2020
The flurry of activity has led to suggestions that the stalled takeover from the Saudi Arabia-led consortium may now be dead in the water.
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