Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune is ‘about to land’ in Alava to complete his move to Alavés.

That’s according to AS, who say the defender will ‘sign a new contract’ at the Spanish club, indicating he will be making a permanent move there this summer.

Lejeune spent last season with Alavés and became a key player for them, so much so that they are keen to get him on a permanent basis this summer.

They have been working on that for a while, and the Newcastle man recently became their first choice as a return for fellow defender Ely was ruled out.

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Newcastle United are happy to sell with the Frenchman in the last year of his contract, although there have been conflicting reports about whether Lejeune would be leaving on another loan deal or not.

That would make little sense given his current deal runs out next year, so Newcastle would essentially be giving him away on a free a year early unless there was a stipulation in the agreement on a purchase price in future.

Either way, a deal of some sort was being worked on and AS now say the defender is ‘about to land’ in Spain before meeting with club officials to ‘sign a new contract’.

Those words imply heavily that he’ll be arriving on a permanent deal, although it isn’t explicitly stated by the newspaper at this point.