Newcastle United are set to make a £5million bid for Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat over the weekend after identifying him as the man to replace Mathieu Debuchy.
United have kept a close eye on Serge Aurier of Toulouse and Ricardo van Rhijn of Ajax but after agreeing to allow Debuchy to leave for £10million to Arsenal, they want to move quickly to shore up a like-for-like replacement and have been told by Janmaat’s representatives he is keen on a switch to Tyneside.
Debuchy’s move to the Gunners has been an open secret for more than a week and was confirmed by Lee Dixon on Twitter yesterday afternoon, who posted a message saying he had spoken to Arsene Wenger who was “pleased” with the capture.
Having been told Debuchy wanted to leave weeks ago, Newcastle have been preparing a Plan B for this eventuality for months and Janmaat’s capture should be relatively straightforward.
The player is still in Brazil ahead of Holland’s third-place play-off against the World Cup’s host nation tomorrow but could conceivably jet into the North East early next week if Newcastle’s offer is accepted by Feyenoord.
United currently have a delegation in France trying to negotiate a deal for playmaker Remy Cabella, with Montpellier having apparently agreed to a fresh round of discussions with the midfielder. He has told Newcastle that he wants to play in the North East next year and all that is left is for the two clubs to agree a fee. United have tabled a fresh offer of around £10million.
It has also emerged that their striker hunt may yet lead them back to Demba Ba and Loic Remy, who have re-emerged on the radar after the Magpies were knocked back in the chase for Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Remy’s preference has apparently been to move to Arsenal but the Gunners have been stalling over his wage demands, which has alerted Newcastle – who have been in touch with his representatives since the final day defeat at Anfield, which he did not play in.
Everton are keen on Ba, who nearly moved to Goodison Park in preference to Newcastle two years ago, but Newcastle have maintained a watching brief on the striker. United had previously thought he was not keen to move back to Tyneside because he wants to play Champions League football but he is another option if some of their priority targets do not come off.
There was another interesting development away from St James’ Park with Hugo Lloris penning a new long-term contract at Tottenham. World Cup hero Tim Krul, who did not make it onto the pitch for Holland’s penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina, had been linked with a move to White Hart Lane earlier in the summer but Spurs have managed to hang on to their in-demand France ‘keeper.