Daryl Janmaat last night became Newcastle United’s sixth signing of the summer as another long-term target of the club was put up for sale.
The moment Mathieu Debuchy’s £12million expected move to Arsenal was completed, the Feyenoord right-back’s six-year deal at a fee of around £5m was announced.
Newcastle’s spending isn’t over, though, and the club will have noticed Clement Grenier, who they tried to buy in January, has been told he can leave by Lyon.
Alan Pardew must surely be pleased with what has been a terrific transfer window and one that could well become even better.
On Janmaat, who made five appearances at the World Cup in Brazil for Holland who finished in third place, the Newcastle manager said: “(He is) the perfect example of a modern full-back - good defensively but offering a real threat going forward as well.
“Daryl had a good World Cup and we are looking forward to him continuing that form at Newcastle.”
The player himself admitted: “This is the perfect move for me, and I am really looking forward to being with the team and getting started here at Newcastle.
“I think we are going to have a great season.”
If Grenier is to become the seventh signing, Newcastle would have to come up with an offer in the ball park of €15m.
However, the fact AC Milan are closely monitoring the latest development could potentially make any deal more difficult for Newcastle to push through.
Lyon manager Hubert Fournier admitted he could do little to prevent his best player from moving.
Newcastle made a substantial bid for Grenier in January and remain keen to land such a talented playmaker who would form a superb attacking formation alongside Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong.
Fournier said: “We have already agreed with certain players they can leave if a good offer presents itself.
“For those who are allowed to leave, there is Clement Grenier, who asked to go at the end of the season so he could find a club to make a progression in terms of footballing level.”
With respect to Grenier leaving, he added: “We cannot talk about compensating for his potential departure.
“Due to his talent, we will not find somebody on the market to replace him because of our financial means. We will adapt appropriately if he leaves.
“For the moment, we have not had any satisfying offers. There have been propositions because he is a quality player who is wanted a lot around the world.
“However, they were not perceived to be adequate by the club.”
Pardew is still looking to strengthen despite the arrival of Emmanuel Riviere from AS Monaco.
The Newcastle manager couldn’t hide his excitement as his new-look attacking side begins to take shape.
Pardew said: “We now have an offensive line which will threaten the best Premier League teams with Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Siem De Jong.
“That is great because our first game of the season is Manchester City.
“We need to be up and running straight away.”
Forgotten midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, meanwhile, looks set to join Montpellier this week - most likely on a loan deal.