Earlier this week, HLN reported Matz Sels had reached a verbal agreement with Anderlecht to sign for the club permanently.

Sels spent the season on loan at the Belgian side and after a difficult start, being forced to share the goalkeeping role, things ended very well and Anderlecht have long been expected to keep him.

The problem has been the difference in valuations between Newcastle United and Anderlecht. A figure of €4m has been reported in Belgium as Newcastle’s asking price, but despite sounding very reasonable, that was deemed too much.

A ‘stiff’ attitude from the Premier League club was said to be causing problems. 

Now HLN report that negotiations have advanced, and a deal is moving closer to an agreement. There’s no explanation of which side has given some ground in negotiations, and no claim of what the transfer fee may actually be.

But the claims are confident, and HLN believe Sels to Anderlecht could be done as early as next week. That would give Newcastle a little bit more in their transfer kitty, and allow the goalkeeper to focus on his World Cup back-up role.