Swedish newspaper Expressen has claimed that Emil Krafth will sign a four-year deal at Newcastle United on Wednesday after talks between The Toon and Ligue 1 side Amiens progressed.
Krafth, 25, has agreed personal terms with Newcastle and is set to sign for the club, with a medical scheduled for Wednesday. The player is said to be travelling to Tyneside from France on Wednesday morning.
Krafth only signed permanently for Amiens this summer, after joining the club on an initial season-long loan from Serie A side Bologna. It was made permanent earlier in the summer, and now Newcastle are set to complete a deal.
The situation at right-back is an interesting one. The Toon boast United States international DeAndre Yedlin, as well as Spanish defender Javi Manquillo. Krafth clocked up 36 appearances for Amiens last season.
Krafth was part of Sweden’s World Cup squad last summer that reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by England.
TBR’s view – Krafth purchase surely means Manquillo will leave?
With Yedlin first choice during 2018-19, the arrival of Krafth will give Newcastle two very solid right-sided defenders while Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie act as options on the left side of defence.
A left-back continues to be eyed by Steve Bruce, but the purchase of Krafth will surely see Manquillo become surplus to requirements and possible leave Tyneside before the summer window is up.