Newcastle United are on the verge of signing Dutch international Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord for £5million, two days after having a £4.7million bid rejected.
The 24-year-old right-back is expected to arrive on Tyneside ahead of a medical on Tuesday, and is being lined up as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy.
It has been an on-off deal that was seemingly lost when the Dutch club snubbed a bid on Saturday, after they slapped a £6million price tag on him.
The highly rated full-back had previously attracted interest from Manchester United in recent weeks, according to The Metro.
But it looks as though Janmaat has been persuaded his footballing future lies slightly further north of England, despite the lure of the player’s national team coach Louis van Gaal having been appointed manager at Old Trafford.
The Magpies are due to begin a pre-season tour of New Zealand on July 22, with an opening game against Sydney FC.
And Alan Pardew is hoping to ensure the deal is tied up before then, so he can run the rule over his latest acquisition ahead of the season opener against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on August 16.
Janmaat will become Pardew’s fifth signing of the summer, after a deal for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella was concluded on Sunday, joining Ajax captain Siem de Jong, Sunderland’s Jack Colback and Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez.
Janmaat has made 21 senior appearances for the Netherlands since 2012, and was a key part of Van Gaal’s impressive squad for the World Cup.
He started all of the Dutch’s group games, and also featured off the bench in Holland’s semi-final defeat to Argentina, as well as featuring in the 3-0 victory over hosts Brazil in the third-place playoff.
And despite having played all of his club football in The Netherlands – for Ado Den Haag and Heerenveen before Feyenoord – hopes are high that he can adapt to the English game and act as the perfect replacement for Debuchy.
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