Florian Lejeune’s time at Newcastle United ‘looks to be done’, Shields Gazette journalist Liam Kennedy reports.
Newcastle paid £8.7million to sign Lejune from Spanish outfit Eibar back in 2017, committing him to a five-year contract (via BBC Sport).
He went on to make 46 appearances for the club before a loan move back to La Liga with Alaves last September.
Lejeune faced numerous injury problems during his spell on Tyneside, most notably suffering a pair of knee injuries in the space of a year that kept him out for a combined 39 matches.
But he was able to maintain fitness in Spain last season, making 34 league appearances for Alaves as they successfully staved off the threat of relegation.
Kennedy expects Lejeune’s four-year spell in the North East to conclude this summer, with a permanent departure appearing the ‘most likely outcome’ as opposed to a second loan move.
The report claims Steve Bruce ‘isn’t the biggest fan’ of the 30-year-old, quashing any hopes he may have of resurrecting his Newcastle career.
Newcastle can afford to let Lejeune go, even if he probably won’t fetch a big transfer fee given his age and the fact he has only one year left on his deal.
They already seem to be well-stocked in the centre of defence, with Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez all on their books.
If they can retain at least one of Fernandez or Schar and successfully swoop for report target Kristoffer Ajer, then they can be more than happy with their options.
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