Newcastle close in on their top midfield target as they agree a £33m deal for Lyon star Bruno Guimarães – and the Brazilian will complete a medical in South America on Friday
- Lyon star Bruno Guimarães is closing in on a £33m move to join Newcastle
- The Magpies are desperate for a holding midfielder to help stave off relegation
- Talks have been ongoing all week and on Thursday there was a breakthrough
- Guimaraes is in Ecuador with Brazil and so he will undergo his medical there
Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimarães.
Sources have confirmed that terms have been reached between the clubs, thought to be in the region of £33million plus add-ons.
It is hoped that Guimarães, 24, will complete his medical in South America on Friday, where he is currently on international duty with Brazil.
Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimarães is heading to Newcastle after the clubs agreed a £33m deal
Head coach Eddie Howe had identified the holding midfield role as a key position this month
Newcastle’s hierarchy – led by co-owner Amanda Staveley, who is with the squad at their Saudi Arabia training camp – have been negotiating with the French club all week and struck an agreement on Thursday.
Head coach Eddie Howe has identified the holding role as a priority position and there is now confidence that Guimarães will be a Newcastle player in the coming days.
If so, he will become the third signing of the January window, following Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
Chris Wood (left) and Kieran Trippier (right) have already joined Newcastle in this window
Guimarães – a deep-lying playmaker – has been capped three times by his country and has won rave reviews in France since joining Lyon from Athletico Paranaense two years ago.
He has scored three times from 71 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.
He is set to become Newcastle’s second-most expensive signing, behind compatriot Joelinton, who cost £40m in the summer of 2019.
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