HLN are reporting that negotiations are almost successfully concluded for the permanent transfer of Matz Sels to Anderlecht.
They say that whilst Newcastle United were hoping to get back as much of the near £6m they paid for the goalkeeper back in summer 2016, they have been realistic and willing to help get the deal done.
Matz Sels played the first nine games of the Championship season but after conceding a poor late equaliser at Villa Park, he was never seen again in an NUFC league match.
Once Rob Elliot regained full fitness after 2017 new year, the Belgian even lost his place on the bench.
Sels has played 37 times for Anderlecht when on loan this past season, including in the Champions League.
HLN say that personal terms have already been agreed between the player and Anderlecht, with a a five year contract ready to be activated once the two club reach agreement on price.
When moving on loan last season, Matz Sels became the best paid player ever to play in the Belgian domestic league, so it appears that not only NUFC have had to be realistic in terms of transfer fee, but the keeper as well with his wage demands – surely set to take a drop in pay to help get regular football.
Newcastle have seen far too many players refusing to move once it is clear they have no future at NUFC, especially signings from abroad who end up getting wages beyond their ability and beyond what clubs can afford in their native countries.
Both Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux hung on for the final five years before coming out of contract last summer, despite no chance of getting a game.
Whilst Massadio Haidara refused to move back to France as it would have meant a drop in wages, he will be out of contract after clinging on for the full five and a half years.
As well as Aleksandar Mitrovic set to be snapped up, Rafa Benitez will be hoping that as well as Matz Sels, the likes of Saivet, Colback, Mbemba, Lazaar and others will be prepared to take a pay cut to help themselves get new clubs, which will also massively help Rafa as he looks to buy and sell this summer.
As for Anderlecht, they are moving early in the transfer window and after failing to qualify for the Champions League as well as missing out on the league title, they are making a statement of intent.
Wednesday morning saw them announce three new signings for next season, with Antonio Milic, Knowledge Musona and Luka Adzic joining, with Matz Sels expected to shortly follow.
As for Matz Sels, he was announced this week as one of 28 players in the Belgium preliminary World Cup squad, hoping to make final 23 man cut.