Newcastle United have agreed the transfer of Florian Lejeune according to the club’s official media partner.
Earlier this week, the usually reliable George Caulkin of The Times, had said that Rafa Benitez had genuine interest in signing the 26 year old central defender (can also play as a defensive midfielder).
Now NUFC’s official media partner, The Mirror, say that a move has been agreed after Newcastle triggered a 10m euros (approx £8.7m) release clause for the player who has just completed his first season at Spanish club Eibar.
They also claim that Rafa Benitez has a number of other targets in La Liga.
Florian Lejeune joined Manchester City in 2015 but was then immediately loaned back to Spanish second tier club Girona and didn’t make a single appearance for the Manchester club..
The French central defender can also play defensive midfield and has recently been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham after making a permanent move to La Liga side Eibar last summer,
Lejeune helping them to a very credible 10th place in the league.
Florian Lejeune signed a four year deal for Eibar last summer but now looks set to move on.
An uncompromising 6ft 3 centre-back, Lejeune picks up a few goals for a defender, scoring nine in the league over the course of the past three seasons. However, he also has a pretty bad disciplinary record, having managed to pick up 11 suspensions in the past four years.
Over the course of 2014/15 and 2015/16 he picked up a remarkable 30 bookings and two red cards in club football, last season though he moderated that a little and had just one sending off and seven yellows.
It looks beyond doubt that Rafa Benitez is going to have another very busy summer, replicating what happened 12 months ago.
Rafa having put together a squad with the specific aim of getting out of the Championship and now recognising that he needs to make major changes to help prepare for the Premier League.