Newcastle are close to bolstering their defence with two new signings, with a £13.75m bid for Jamal Lewis accepted by Norwich.
The 12-times capped Northern Ireland international was the subject of a failed £8m offer from Liverpool earlier this summer. Jurgen Klopp had identified Lewis as the man he wanted to provide competition to Andy Robertson.
However, Norwich were said to be holding out for nearer £20m and rejected Liverpool’s approach. The Reds have since brought in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.
Liverpool’s failure to agree a deal, however, has opened the door for Newcastle. They are in the markey for a new left-back after Danny Rose returned to Tottenham.
The Athletic is now reporting that Norwich have accepted a bid from Newcastle of £13.75million. That deal will rise ‘significantly’ depending on performance-related add-ons.
The report also claims Norwich will insert a sell-on clause into the contract.
It will be Newcastle’s first signing this summer, following the collapse of their Saudi Arabian-backed takeover.
Rob Holding deal set to follow
Newcastle are also closing in on the signing of Rob Holding on a season-long loan from Arsenal, according to reports.
Holding is slipping down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, having only managed eight Premier League appearances last season. It was the lowest league appearance tally of his four years at Arsenal.
With Arsenal hoping to sign Gabriel Magalhaes, there will soon be even more competition for places in their defence. And that means Holding will have to look elsewhere for regular football.
According to The Athletic, Newcastle are ready to offer him a solution. The website claims the Magpies are close to agreeing a loan deal for Holding.
It marks a turn of events for the 24-year-old, who had been a target for Leeds.