Sky Sports have revealed on Monday afternoon that Newcastle United are set to bring in defender Florian Lejeune within the next 48 hours.
There had been disagreement between Eibar and NUFC over the size of the transfer fee and then after agreement was reached on that, how the fee would eventually be paid.
Sky Sports say that the £8.7m (10m euros) buyout clause has been met by Newcastle and the ‘structure of payment’ was also agreed at the weekend.
No news as to which side got their way – Newcastle wanting to pay by instalments whilst Eibar wanted all the cash up front.
Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports announcing:
“Florian Lejeune to Newcastle almost done. £8.7m deal should be sealed within 48 hours after agreement over structure of payment at the weekend.
(Then later adding: “Florian Lejeune is currently undergoing his Newcastle United medical. We understand the French defender arrived on Tyneside earlier today.”)
This fits in with events earlier today, when the club published the minutes of the latest Fans Forum that was held last week, declaring alongside the published minutes ‘Incoming Transfer news expected very soon!’
The Florian Lejeune transfer saga has lasted around six weeks already and a relief that Rafa Benitez appears to have at last landed the 26 year old central defender.
The club also giving this background to delays in signing players this summer….
‘(Fans Forum) Members raised a number of questions in relation to the summer transfer window.
The club reinforced its commitment to strengthening in positions identified by the manager and aims to deliver positive news in the coming days.
In a general discussion with the group, several factors that can impact upon transfers were explained and the club highlighted the limited amount of business completed by most clubs through the early stages of what are challenging market conditions to date.
The club explained that it had hoped to conclude some incoming and outgoing deals early and while sharing frustrations, there is confidence that the squad will be improved.
The club emphasised that rumours in the media had no influence on its operations.’