Eibar have started to source alternatives for £8.7million defender Florian Lejeune and anticipate the French centre-back will leave for Newcastle imminently.

The centre-back wants to join Newcastle and the two clubs have been in contact again this week as a move for the player moves closer. Spanish sources claim Eibar expect Newcastle to trigger the 10million Euro release clause very soon – with the La Liga club now looking to replace Lejeune, who has told friends he will move to Tyneside to hook up with Rafa Benitez’s side.

Indeed, the Eibar hierachy have been briefing that the move will be concluded “within days”.

There was a hope that it could be done this week but United sources played down talk of a deal by the weekend as the clubs continue to talk over the exact details of the fee and how a deal will be structured.