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.



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I can see Newcastle taking another massive hit on Sels,
    wonder how much they`ll lose on the Hoss,

    • Big Hairy Man

      With his wages they’ll be lucky to offload him on a free.

    • Mal

      I think we’re probably having to make a payment to Sels to get him off the books as no way will his new club be paying him what we pay him. I suspect this is part of that £20 million or so included in the 16/17 accounts for onerous contracts. No doubt similar arrangements will have to apply to the likes of colback, Saivet, Lazaar etc.

  • Billmag

    I think I can safely say that Sels was a Carr recommendation because it wasn’t long after that he left the club.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      look where Sels came from and look where Carr`s scouts were & you`re 100% correct

  • Alex

    Take a hit on Sels now but negotiate a sell-on clause in the future. Come on Penners, it’s really quite simple.

  • Rich Lawson

    Just take their hand off for the money on offer,I’m astonished they want to keep him,his form has been dreadful whilst there.

  • mentalman

    we’ll sign Dubravka as soon as Sels leaves, 1 out 1 in

  • HarryHype59

    These £5/6m pound “punts” often flop and up costing the club millions once wages are factored in. Saivet, De Jong, Riviere, Hoss, Sels, Lazaar and Manky are proof of this. Until Fatman allows the Manager to bring in better players on staggered payments more NUFC money will be wasted.

    • Ram Kishore

      It’s not the player’s mistake that they were signed and they didn’t work out and shifting will always be a problem..
      Some of the signings are not Ashley’s mistake..
      What if we pay huge money and the same thing happens again..
      Rafa’s too made mistakes in signings.. there will be always be alternatives to Manky and Joselu for the sums they were bought..
      Nowadays most of the PL clubs have money.. it always comes down to best scouting

      • HarryHype59

        There is generally a correlation between the quality of a player and money spent on them in transfer fees and wages. Spending £5m on a striker was highly to turn out to be a 15 to 20 goal a season striker.

        I agree scouting is important but the club must be able to compete with rivals.

        • Ram Kishore

          The Epl quality striker u r referring to can be found only by scouting extensively because It’s impossible to say who’s a Epl quality striker unless he proves in the Epl.. if he proves in the Epl he’s overpriced or the club he’s with won’t sell him..
          U would only have to look at our loan signing that 30 million always doesn’t give a Epl quality ..
          Let’s not forget we dont have that sort of money with us to be spent on one single player

          • HarryHype59

            What utter nonsense you do talk. This club has just landed a £125m jackpot in TV money and will pick up at least £10m in payments for the Sissoko and Wynaldum deals.

            The days of picking up quality players for £5m ended years ago. A well scouted EPL quality striker won’t cost less than £25m.

            It isn’t a case of can the club afford afford to smash its transfer record, but more that can’t afford not to.

            This club needs quality over quantity this window.

          • Ram Kishore

            It’s not nonsense man.. I’m just saying we shouldn’t make another Owen, Torres for chelsea another Big money mistake.. No one expected Torres to go toothless despite his performance for Liverpool..

            That doesn’t mean I dont want us to break our transfer record and buy a top quality striker..
            We must make the best and smart buy and lot of pre transfer efforts must be made.. Attitude of players do matter..

          • HarryHype59

            It is obvious any player has to be scouted correctly. For every big money flop there are at least half a dozen “punts” who aren’t good enough. If this club doesn’t break its transfer record this season and bring in an EPL standard striker, another season of uncertainty and struggle is guaranteed.