SD Eibar centre-back Florian Lejeune has put pen to paper on a five-year-deal with newly promoted Premier League side Newcastle United.
The 26-year-old defender was on Tyneside on Monday to undergo a medical and the Magpies confirmed the deal in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The move becomes Rafael Benitez second summer signing for an expense fee understood to be in the region of £8.7million.
A club statement stated: “Guard Florian Lejeune has become Newcastle United’s second signing this summer transfer window in the wake of joining from SD Eibar.
Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the arrival of @lejeune_florian!
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Benitez, who was reported to have been frustrated with the club’s lack of action in the market, welcomed the deal.
“I would like to welcome Florian to Newcastle United,” he said. “He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while since he began playing for Villarreal.
“He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back — he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.
“If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”