Date: 5th August 2019 at 5:31pm
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Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Amiens right-back Emil Krafth, according to Courrier Picard.

The French outlet claimed over the weekend that Krafth was left out of Luka Elsner’s squad to face Leganes in Les Licornes’ final pre-season game, as the Ligue 1 side feared the 20-cap Sweden international suffering an injury which would prevent his transfer going through before Thursday’s deadline.

Former Olympique Lyonnais defender Christophe Jallet played in his place in order to familiarise himself with Elsner’s plans, ahead of the Ligue 1 curtain-raiser against OGC Nice on Saturday, but Amiens are yet to agree a fee with Newcastle for Krafth.

Progress has been made following United’s initial €1.5million (£1.3m) approach, but are yet to reach a definitive agreement having signed the defender to a permanent deal for €2.5million (£2.2m) earlier this summer.

Following reports of a €5million (£4.5m) advance also being rejected, The Northern Echo understand Amiens would accept a fee in the region of €7million (£6.5m), and would be happy to receive payments staggered over a number of windows.

Part of the €7million fee can also be offset via potential add-ons, but moving for another forward before Deadline Day is now looking unlikely without players first leaving Tyneside.

Here’s how these Newcastle fans reacted to Courrier Picard’s claims that Amiens left Krafth out of the squad to face Leganes at the weekend due to our interest…

 
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