On Wednesday, Anderlecht General Manager Herman Van Holsbeeck said that he expected the transfer of Chancel Mbemba to go through any time soon.

As Anderlecht unveiled Aleksandar Mitrovic’ replacement, Imoh Ezekiel, Holsbeeck had this to say on Chancel Mbemba:

“I expect very soon the transfer of Mbemba will get completed to Newcastle, then we (Anderlecht) can get two more players. You have to have some money if you want to get a top performer.”

On Thursday afternoon, Chancel Mbemba has been spotted and photographed (see below) leaving the Newcastle city centre Hotel Indigo.

@ScottHunt who works next door to the hotel at Bonbar, capturing the image and getting a thumbs up from the imminent Newcastle United signing.

Whilst Holsbeeck is keen to get the Mbebma deal done ASAP as Anderlecht start their league season on Sunday – Mark Douglas from the Chronicle has said he thinks the deal will be announced on Friday.

Herman Van Holsbeeck

“We go for players who can add value to this young Anderlecht.

“Of course it is ideal to start the competition with your whole heart but I knew with the transfers (Mitrovic and Mbemba leaving) which were on the agenda that this was impossible but we’ll be ready at the appropriate time.”