A report from German website Bild contradicted earlier claims in the Chronicle that Newcastle had arranged a £6 million fee to turn full-back Jetro Willems’ loan deal into a permanent one.
The most recent report alleges it will be a fee of around £9.6m (€11m) to see the Eintracht Frankfurt player become a permanent fixture at St James’ Park.
We wrote earlier that even at the inflated fee, it would represent an incredible bargain, based on his performances to date.
We also would like to think Newcastle would explore the possibility of formalising a long-term deal for him now, instead of waiting until later.
But the Chronicle suggest Lee Charnley is unlikely to do so, saying talk of an early deal is “premature”, as the club will want to “see how the rest of the season pans out”.
It is a negative way of thinking, having to wait to see if we can stay in the Premier League before deciding to sign a player permanently, but is sadly the realistic attitude of Mike Ashley’s regime.
Newcastle should not have to worry about Premier League status every year
A club like ours should not have to worry about fending off relegation year upon year, but if that is the case, as soon as we are mathematically safe, the contract should be drawn up and signed immediately.
Certainly, from the response of other Newcastle fans, having the Dutchman on Tyneside for the long haul is something that would go down very well.
Here are some of the comments on a potential deal from Twitter:
Yes he’s been one of our best players this season
— Sean Reese (@SeanReesNUFC) October 13, 2019
If he keeps up his form, Yes
— Geordie Stu (@PW4STU) October 13, 2019
Yes all day long
— Richard (@bigladrik) October 13, 2019
No brainer for me if we are playing wing backs he would start all day
— hate mike ashley (@Toon_army1982) October 13, 2019
Aye it’s a steal!!
— carl richardson (@Carl_TftG) October 13, 2019
Easily, that’s nothing for him
— Rj (@Rjaystack115) October 13, 2019
Difficult to say really. Still early days for Willems at the club. £10m would be reasonable if he can prove he can deliver consistent performances.
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) October 13, 2019
Yes I would
— Michael Marr (@mickey_marr) October 13, 2019