Date: 2nd August 2019 at 12:00pm
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French side Lille ‘will sell’ centre back Edgar lé to Newcastle United this summer, according to TRT Spor.

The Turkish publication claims that the Magpies are part of a complicated series of transfers, involving Lille and Trabzonspor, of which the dominos are starting to fall.

The Ligue 1 outfit want to bring in attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazıcı from the Turkish team, but first have to raise the cash to get a deal done.

Part of that involves selling the 25-year-old defender, who is seemingly set for a move across the Channel to St James’ Park.

OPINION

This just seems like a bizarre and unlikely story from the Turkish media. It makes sense that Lille would need to raise the funds necessary to bring Yazıcı to the club, because TRT Spor’s report states that it’s going to cost them £15.5million to get that deal over the line. So Christophe Galtier will need to find funds for that somewhere, although you would have thought that the £72million or whatever Lille just got from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe would help in that regard. Still, the report seems pretty certain that the Portugal international will end up on Tyneside. However, centre back is the last position Steve Bruce needs to be strengthening. The Magpies boss has so many other priorities in his squad, including both full back positions, central midfield, the playmaking positions and up front. At centre half, he has Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark. So Edgar would be a needless signing, let’s be honest.