Newcastle United are trying to complete a £1 million deal for Amiens defender Emil Krafth, according to The Sun.
The 24-year-old Swede only signed for the French club on a permanent deal this month after a successful loan spell from Bologna last season.
And despite the fact the he arrived at the Ligue 1 club for double the amount being offered by the Toon Army, United are hoping to tie up a cut-price deal.
Amiens may resist as they wish to make a profit on the player.
This cannot be true, surely? Even by Mike Ashley’s usual standards of transfer buffoonery, offering £1 million for a player who just arrived at his current club for double that amount is nothing short of lunacy. Understandably, Amiens want to make a profit on their player, and it is either arrogance or stupidity on the Magpies’ part that they think they can pull off a deal like this. Krafth is a decent enough proposition, and registered 1.4 tackles and 2.2 clearances per match in France last season [Whoscored]. For £1 million, in today’s climate of hyper inflated transfer fees, he would probably be a very smart addition, but there is absolutely no way that Amiens are going to take the bait on this one unless the sum on offer is plumped up a fair bit. Otherwise, this is an insulting bid from Newcastle, and one that will not lead anywhere fruitful any time soon.