Florian Lejeune has signed for Newcastle United!

Tuesday morning has seen the club confirm the signing, with the transfer negotiations having gone on for some six weeks.

Interesting to see who will be first choice centre-backs when the season kicks off, plus of course which current players will leave…

This is the second signing of the summer, with Christian Atsu agreeing a permanent move back in May.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Defender Florian Lejeune has become Newcastle United’s second signing of the summer transfer window, after joining from SD Eibar.

Twenty-six-year-old Lejeune has put pen to paper on a five-year-deal with the Magpies, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.

The Paris-born centre half is the second player to check in at St. James’ Park this summer, following the permanent arrival of winger Christian Atsu in May.

Lejeune began his career in his homeland with the Centre de Formation de Paris, before spending his formative years with Racing Club de France, Beziers, Sete and Adge.

He made the move to then-Ligue 2 club Istres in 2009, before moving on to Spanish side Villarreal two years later, where he progressed from the Yellow Submarine’s B team into their first team squad.

After a loan spell back in his homeland with Stade Brestois, Lejeune joined Girona, where he impressed, sealing a move to Manchester City in the summer of 2015.

A further loan at former club Girona followed, before the former France Under-20 international joined Eibar permanently in July 2016.

“I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here,” said Lejeune.

“When you have a manager like Rafa Benitez who wants you, you are very happy to come. Since I’ve been in touch with the manager, it was an easy decision for me to come here.”

Manager Rafa Benitez added: “I would like to welcome Florian to Newcastle United. He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal.

“He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back – he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.

“If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”



  • Geordiegiants

    Whey hey, here we go! It’s good to hear from Rafa too.

  • Leazes Ender

    The Rafalution has started…. who’s he then?

    The thing is if Rafa wins the internal power struggle against Charnley, then Charnleys annual wage will be halved as he loses his bonus which constitutes the major part of that salary. (his bonus is achieved through capping wages and staff numbers…. thats why we have been relegated twice)

    If Charnley wins the power struggle then we will be in a relegation struggle again very soon and Rafa will go.

    Viva la Rafalution then.

    • Geordiegiants

      Howare Leazes, that sounds like a Bobbi statement! Where did you get that info from? I hope its not just pure guess work like the Flecka!

      • Jimblag23

        Of course it is, although there are plenty on this site that pretend to have inside knowledge of the inner workings of the club.
        Really they’re just bored 60 year old keyboard warriors.

        • nevfur

          The Rafalution continues

        • Albert Stubbins

          fair comment- I was just saying at graft today that we the punter know about 1 percent- The mirror and sky about 10 percent and the chronicle bu**er all- that leaves a lot of room for conjecture. ha ha

    • rickyd

      Haha you could replace your account with a robot and no one would notice:

      – Make snide comment about the Rafulation
      – Mention Charnley/Ashley
      – Make baseless speculation about the club

      Repeat until bored.

      • Toon

        Forgot accusing people of being Lee Ryder, now repeat until bored

      • Albert Stubbins

        he’s like the pantomime villain- he becomes quite entertaining after a while- just boo and hiss every time you read one of his comments!!

  • dublin86

    Lets get Ihenacho from City, make a real statement of intent.

    • Geordiegiants

      It would be nice.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Perhaps you should ask him and City first, he may not want to leave the richest club in Europe that is competing to win the treble.

  • Wor Lass

    Rafa`s seen him regularly since his Villarreal days so he knows what he`s all about. Like a lot of people, I haven`t seen much of him – I must have seen him v Barca/Real etc on Sky but don`t recall him so he couldn`t have been a great disaster, at least. One or two people have made a thing about how many Eibar conceded to Real, Barca and Athletico last time around but I remember barca in particular absolutely possing the best clubs around in the Champions League – 10 over two games v PSG, 4 past man City and Borussia MG, 3 past Juve and 7 against Celtic in one game! That`s a lot of CBs to write off! Let`s leave it to Rafa until we`ve seen the lad play.

    • Geordiegiants

      I couldn’t agree more, look at the way everyone went on last season when Clark came. My only gripe is, why give a 5 year contract, when three would be enough, and extend after a season if he is any good.

      • Alex

        Probably because him / his agent said that he wouldn’t sign without a 5 year one.

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s obvious but we are supposed to be negotiating. We are in a very bad place with giving every signing a five year deal or more.

          • Alex

            There is never one party to a negotiation : we were negotiating, but with Lejeune’s mob on the other side.

            It’s fair to assume that we wanted him, and if he didn’t get a 5 year deal, we wouldn’t have got him.

          • Geordiegiants

            So we just continue in the same way?
            I’m not saying he is a bad signing, as I know very little about him, like most on here. I’m saying this five year deal to every single player that we sign is detrimental to the club.

          • Alex

            You’re not reading and understanding my replies.

            Of course, many / most of these 5 year deals are somewhat over the top. However, if the player won’t sign for less than 5 years, what do you want us to do?

            Do you want us to walk away? That’s fine, but what if we really want the player?

            The player might say that he’ll sign for 4 years, but only for a much bigger salary. The ‘balance’ is negotiated, and NUFC have the man they want. Anything other than what was offered, then it’s likely Lejeune would be elsewhere.

          • Geordiegiants

            I think we are all inteligent enough to understand if ANY other club comes in for a player, they are not coming to Newcastle. There is not one report of any other club being in for him, and if they were he would of been snatched away long before Penfold finished negotiations with him. That is not me being cynical that is the truth of the matter.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Luckily, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about him. Benitez will know him inside out.

          • Albert Stubbins

            wor youngun reckons he’s a canny player so that’ll do for me- he knows sweet FA about the prem but Spanish and German football he’s the dog bo**ocks!!

          • Geordiegiants

            I hope so because wether we like it or not he is here for a while.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Perhaps we shouldn’t bother paying him until he’s kept 10 clean sheets? We weren’t the only club in for him, we have to offer something decent, if he turned out to be great this season and come June he only has 2 years left on his contract, yo’d be blaming Penfold, sayng Mike Ashley is fat and greedy all over again. Rafa’s picked him out, the club have to back the manager’s judgement.

        • Geordiegiants

          Im not saying your wrong, but what if he is poor?????????
          If he is any good regardless of the length of his contract he will want a pay rise in a season or two, or the big boys take him away. So what does a five year contract do for us, apart from give a good sell on IF, he is any good, but we lose a lot if he turns out to be an other Saviet etc.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            spot on

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If we went around doing that, we’d never sign anyone. The problem now is the wages in the EPL are huge so a mistake becomes expensive. looking at the other deals for players, they all seem to be 5 year deals.

          • Geordiegiants

            No they don’t!!!!!! 1, 2, 3 and four year deals still go on regularly. Honestly man, are you Clarko as well? You just say anything to reply to someone.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Look at the transfers, how many players in their mid 20’s sign a 1,2 or 3 year deal? the exceptions are John Terry who is 36 and Defoe who is on a 3 year deal at 34 (and a huge salary to boot).

            Think about it fella

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t have any off the top of my head but it still happens. So say Arsenal signed him, you think they would of put him on a five year deal? They would of give him 3 years, seen what he was like, then extended if he was any good. All the top clubs give top proven players five years obviously, but if he went to the Emirates or Stamford bridge or anywhere like that, he wouldn’t of got a five year deal with no track record.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            At 25 years old, he’d be given a 5 year deal at Arsenal or Chelsea. He goes to those clubs and only plays a few games in Europe, Rumbelows cup, fa cup and fills in for injuries, he does ok, says he wants game time and moves for twice as much. Look at Ake, £20m!!! If he goes in and does very well, on a 3 year deal he is away for not much.

            Chelsea just gave Tam Abraham’s a 5 year deal, he’s not even played a full premier league game yet.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          who else was in for him Blobby, id love to know

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Arsenal, but he was not going to get much football.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h aha ha aha lol. Arsenal!!!!! If Arsenal wanted him he would be there. Do you just write the first thing that comes into your head? His old owner even said there was only Newcastle in for him.
            You’ve been sneaking a look at the daily sport haven’t you? That’s where all of your inside information comes from, silly me, I knew you were to clever.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Too clever, You knew I was too clever!

            Plenty reports linked him to Arsenal and Tottenham. Now, had the owner said we were the only team in for him, do you not think we’d have offered a bit less?

          • Alex

            Offered a bit less?

            It’s a buyout clause, ya daft ha’peth.

            If the buyout price hadn’t been met, then he would’ve stayed. Eibar only paid peanuts for him, so it would’ve been worth a chance to keep him, then possibly get more than 8.7 at the end of this coming season.

            If you offer under the buyout price, nothing will happen. Thinking about it, that’s probably why it dragged on and Penfold had to end up offering the right money.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            There was no chance that he was staying at Eibar.

          • Alex

            Just you’re worthless speculation – not worth a jot.

            Unlike for Abraham, Reina and Caballero, we weren’t being fought for Lejeune’s signature by anyone. So, therefore, there was every chance he’d remain at Eibar unless we triggered the buyout clause.

            If it were Arsenal, Spurs and us all offering the required buyout amount, do you think he’d be here? Nah, didn;t think so.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That’s surely a contradiction. Cabaye didn’t have a buyout clause in his contract but we still sold him, lots of Spanish and Italian players have buyout clauses but they don’t dictate a transfer. We could have met the buyout clause and the player could have said no, we could have also offered less and the club could still have accepted the offer.

            A buyout clause obliges the selling club to let the buying club speak to the player, that is all. we could have fallen short of the buyout price and Eibar could still have accepted just like any transfer, the player could still have refused.

          • Delashio

            Correct mate, well said. Some folk don’t have a clue how things work but still open their mouths.

          • Geordiegiants

            My apologies “too” clever, you see I knew you thought you were.

          • Geordiegiants

            We wouldn’t of got him if we hadn’t of met the release clause.

          • Geordiegiants

            Too clever, Anita 28 three year deal!

          • Albert Stubbins

            I agree but the fact that he even showed on Arsenals Radar shows he’s a good player. I’d have Arsenals B team in a heartbeat.We’re a million miles behind Arsenal- I think a player of this calibre is our level at the moment- hopefully he can help raise the standard and we can gradually climb.

      • Albert Stubbins

        exactly right- and clarke was player of the season- ,most on here are that paranoid and defeatest they dont see positives in any news- just conspiracy and doom mongering- they should gan on the lash with Fat Mike half of them and loosen the hell up!! ha ha

    • Cuh736

      Three conceeded against Juve, not scored

      • Wor Lass

        Yeah, you`re right – and I got my sums wrong on the PSG games as well but noone seemed to notice. You get my drift, though. These teams regularly shaft even top teams so it`s no wonder Eibar can ship 11 in three games.

  • G Doon Unda

    Do you reckon this was a Rafa choice? “If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.” translated – if he’s great, then we have 2 from 4 to pick (IF at 8 million??). How about that same headache up front? (would be nice) Seems to me it’s business as usual, but hey, we might get to keep Gouffy. Sorry lads, and I know the transfer window isn’t closing tomorrow, but in the words of Hans Solo, ” I have a very bad feeling about this”

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      If he’s good he’s a Rafa choice, if he’s bad it’s Carr’s fault or how about Nickson’s fault.

      4 days into the transfer window and all we have to show for it is one player.

      • Rich Lawson

        ”We’re doomed Mr Mannering,doomed”

    • rickyd

      £8m is peanuts in today’s game. Feels like a Rafa signing for me, can’t remember us doing any business in Spain besides Perez and Gamez (Gamez obviously a Rafa signing). Plus he says he’s monitored him from his Villareal days. Glad to have a CB in myself, don’t understand why it’s a bad thing – especially since I doubt any of us have seen him play!

    • Wor Lass

      Hans Solo – didn`t he play up front for Bayern with Lucas Skywalker? Ah, no – Solo – he`d have been the lone striker!

  • Paul Patterson

    Oh no. What’s this, a signing? Well I’m off to slit my wrists, it’s the end of the world, we should’ve signed Messi, that’s us relegated, etc, etc.

    • Steven05

      Spot on!

    • Rich Lawson

      Hold on with the razor blade pal,Andy Carroll’s just been sighted on the quayside.

  • MadMag83

    Does this mean the Rafa walking out conspiracy is dead? Welcome aboard Florian! Hopefully this kick starts our summer activity

  • NUFCDan

    Wonderful, another centre back to go with the 4 we already have, and to boot a French one who can’t make the national squad despite Mamadou Sakho and Kurt Zouma who are both 4th choice for their clubs being regulars. Underwhelmed

    • Toon

      idiot

    • Cuh736

      He looks a good player to me. I think he’ll do

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Can`t get to grips with 5yr contracts, a 3yr and if he does well in the 1st season give him an extension
    look at how many Duck Eggs we have on long deals
    best of luck to the lad

  • Alreet

    Nice 1. Next please.

  • Toon Army AZ

    The 5 year deal for a young Frenchman… the ghost of Mr. Carr still haunts the NUFC scouting department?

  • Cuh736

    One Down, four to go. CAM, CM, CF, RB

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      We have a RB, we need a LB.

      • Cuh736

        I was thinking backup rb at the time

  • Mike

    yee ha bring it on!!!!