Magpies agree deal for Ligue 1 right-back

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is said to be lining up his first signing with Preston North End defender Ben Davies said to be the target.

Newcastle United are closing in on the £5m signing of Amiens' right-back Emil Krafth with the Sweden international set to arrive for his medical on Wednesday.

The Magpies saw an improved offer for the 25-year-old defender accepted by Amiens, who rejected the club’s initial £4.6million bid last week.

He is expected to become the fourth major signing of Steve Bruce’s reign after the acquisitions of Joelinton, Jetro Willems and Allan Saint-Maximim.

Swedish newspaper Expressen broke the news on Wednesday morning that Krafth was on his way to the north east to complete the formalities of the deal. 

Krafth is expected to sign a four-year contract with the Premier League club.

His agent Patrick Mork told Expressen: “The only thing I can say is that it is close with a new club for Emil. Otherwise, I can’t comment on anything more right now.”

Amiens are set to turn quite a profit on the player, who cost them just £1.8m to redeem after a successful loan spell from Bologna.

The Ligue 1 club signed Christophe Jallet last week and the former Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain right-back appears as a natural solution to succeed Krafth in Amiens’ line-up.

Newcastle kick off their Premier League season on Sunday when the team receive Arsenal at St James Park and Krafth will be hoping to challenge Javier Manquillo for the right-back shirt with DeAndre Yedlin a dubt for the opening fixture.

Yedlin returned to full training with the Magpies only this week – just in time for the build-up to this weekend’s clash with the Gunners.

The US international underwent a groin operation in May and missed his country’s Gold Cup campaign after deciding to rest the injury.

Manquillo has done well in the American’s absence and will be hoping he has established himself as Bruce’s first choice ahead of the season.

 

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