Sky Sports are now reporting that the move for Christian Atsu has been agreed.

They say that a four year contract has been agreed after Newcastle activated the release clause.

A fee of £6.2m will be paid to Chelsea according to the broadcaster.

Monday had brought news that the club were allegedly in talks with the winger on personal terms and then earlier today, the Chronicle reported that Rafa Benitez had travelled to Tyneside and gave the go ahead to the transfer.

The winger has just spent a year on loan at St James Park and fans were split on whether the deal should be made permanent.

A fee of around £6m or so looks about right for a player who has blown hot and cold this past season but has undoubtedly shown glimpses of real quality in that time.

The move would formally go through when the transfer window opens once again in July..

Christian Atsu joined Chelsea for £3.5m four years ago from Porto and is just one of numerous players recruited by Chelsea who hasn’t played a single game for them.

He clearly is never going to get a chance for Conte’s Premier League winning side and with now just one year remaining of his five season deal, he looks definitely to be on his way, whether that is Newcastle or elsewhere.

St James Park has been his fifth loan destination since joining the blues and if he is ever going to get his career going properly, Christian Atsu needs a place he can call home.

He has scored five goals and grabbed three assists in the Championship for Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez only gave him 15 starts in the Championship, six in 2016 and nine after the turn of the year, whilst he has also came off the bench 17 times in the league.

He did have some injury problems but in 18 months at Premier League Everton and Bournemouth on loan, Christian Atsu only started one game in the top tier.

He turns 26 in January and has only made 78 league starts in his entire career, making more first elevens for Ghana than any club he has been at so far.

Christian Atsu did end the season with a few more starts, at least in part down to Matt Ritchie’s injury/suspension and did pull his finger out as the campaign drew to a close. The final three matches seeing goals against Preston and Cardiff, as well as a very good performance against Barnsley on the final day.

  • Rich Lawson

    At £6mil’ he is a good signing and with a proper few games at the start of the season could repay it quickly ?

  • Jimblag23

    Glad this has gone through, he’s much better than an Ameobi type.
    In a perfect world he can be a squady/impact super sub, his flair will come in handy at times for sure.

  • Desree

    After obertan, Cabella and Thauvin, I can’t get excited until i see the lad play in the PL.

  • Wor Monga

    He came in from the cold (see Modou Barrow at Leeds), and showed some flashes of sheer brilliance, and pace against some tough defences this season…

    …he’s nowhere near the finished article, but Rafa knows enough about his ability and attitude to work with him next season…6.2 million is nothing for any international midfielder these days…

    …so good luck to the likely lad, and welcome to the Toon!!!

  • NUFC9

    If he’s not a regular first choice in the championship I’m not convinced he’s good enough for the PL. That said, let’s trust Rafa and give him a chance. At 6 million we haven’t paid daft money and I can’t see his resale value dropping much below that. Even if he doesn’t make it we haven’t got a lot to lose (as long as he’s not on silly wages and no other club would take him off our hands).

    • Clarko

      I don’t think he has been bought to be first choice, Gouffran is out of contract, Aarons is injury prone and may go out on loan and that leaves just Ritchie as our only wide player. We need wingers and Astu is a known quantity.

      • NUFC9

        True. Ideally though I’d like to see us buying players who are better than the ones already in our championship first 11. The existing first teamers would then become our squad players. Fair point about lack of wingers (and general midfield creativity) though Gouffran, Aarons, Ameobi and Obertan all going, gone or injured.

        • Clarko

          I absolutley agree, we need better players than in our current XI and Atsu really isn’t that. However, I think Benitez has decided to go for the known quantity of Atsu for a fairly cheap price rather than gamble that £6.2m on an unknown quantity like Cabella, Thauvin or Saivet. To be fair to Atsu he played unbelievable in the last few games of the season and has been effective off the bench, still even with Atsu, we need at least one more winger, a Premier League quality winger.

  • Soldier

    you can take this 2 ways, will he improve under Rafa & be in the 1st team or is this the standard of player we`ll be restricted to through finance

    • Cuh736

      Not really excited by this either. I hope we can get more promising players

  • Andy Mac

    If you judge him on the last three games he’s a good buy. Let’s hope he gets to take more free kicks in future ?

  • magpiefifer

    I like the lad – and if Rafa rates him,that’s good enough for me.Hope to see him develop as a real talent.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    worth taking on for £6m,
    Diame cost £5m & makes this lad look like Ronaldo

  • Mike

    excellent………in Rafa we trust

  • toonterrier

    The lads got potential so hopefully will come good under Rafa. All he needs to do now is get rid of the Amadonki haircut.

  • Albert Stubbins

    as a outright defender yes he probably is a squad player but there no such things a full backs any more- no ore 4-4-2- now its all about having the pace to bomb up and down the wing in either a formation that incorporates 2 defensive centre backs who sit or three c.backs who cover the whole back line. Wingbacks are in my mind failed wingers and failed full backs- they are essentially athletes (failed 100m runners!) who can get up and down the line and possibly stick a decent ball in (never good enough quality of cross when your playing one up front) and have the pace to get back to possibly get a tackle in- welcome to modern day football- an age where Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are seen as the benchmark for modern day defenders- twenty years ago they wouldnt have got a game. Atsu is a poor mans Danny Rose- very quick but can neither cross or tackle with any conviction but in the modern game players like Atsu and Even Yedlin are sought after players so we have to accept it- pay the money and hope he can improve enough to be effective in the premier league.

    • steve

      Are you talking about the right player? At no point has he played full back for us.

      • Albert Stubbins

        lol yes- I’m talking about modern day wide midfielders/wing backs and players playing as utility players and not specialized in any one department. This is the category I would place Atsu in- yes I appreciate he’s got Anita behind him but has he the quality to get up and down the wing and put in the quality of cross when your playing one up front like Rafa does? I like Atsu but he needs to improve a lot which of course he could well do.

        • Andy Mac

          Know where you’re coming from Mr Stubbins. Ideally we need players who’ll fit Rafa’s gameplan/formation.

      • Andy Mac

        FGS cant you read ?

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Wasn’t convinced he did enough in the championship to warrant a contract. However, in Rafa we trust

  • gallowgate26

    A no-brainer for £6.2m. Considering today’s prices that is a bargain. We’ve got a player who has already been here 12 months, is the right age, is settled, wants to be here, put in the biggest shift of anyone against Barnsley to win a contract. That is so important, plus he has genuine pace, is willing to take players on, wins corners by the bucket load. He’s shown that he can take a direct free kick and shoot from outside the box. Plus he is starting to show major improvement and is linking attacks with other players. So despite him not being the most exciting signing of the summer, this was 100% the right decision. Often the quiet signings turn out to be very good acquisitions & squad players! Reminds me a bit of Routledge, in that he needed to settle at one club.

  • HarryHype59

    Rumour has it it Jay Rodriguez agent has contacted Newcastle. OK the source is the Sun but Rodriguez at the right price and wage deal would be an upgrade at LSM.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Looks like a lovely lad who committed to our cause whole heartily and will be no bother of the pitch, he grew in confidence over the season,if he can do canny away at Wigan in December he will do for me

  • 5floorshigh

    happy about that !

  • Stephen Paylor

    maybe not exciting because he has been here for a year but anyone can see he has great ability and pace. At the end of the day Rafa likes him and knows way more about him and the game than anyone else here so good luck to him. Seems a genuine good guy too

  • Wor Lass

    At £6.2mill it`s a no-brainer. Good lad who can come on from the bench and influence a game – invaluable squad member and has potential to develop.

  • Alreet

    Good start to the rebuild. I hear tom ince is now in sight.