BREAKING: NUFC agree deal with Borussia Dortmund – player pictured on Tyneside for medical

Big transfer developments this afternoon as The Telegraph report Newcastle have agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign holding midfielder Mikel Merino.

Pictures have also emerged on Twitter showing him arriving at the Freeman hospital, suggesting Merino is all set to undergo a medical with the club:

The Telegraph confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Dortmund – expected to be the activation of his €7M release clause – and that he is set for Tyneside for talks over a permanent transfer – however some sources claim it will be a season long loan with an obligation to buy.

Merino is expected to be brought in as the perfect midfield partner to Jonjo Shelvey. The Spanish U-21 international has been described as a combative midfielder whose also comfortable on the ball, meaning we could well see two ball-playing central midfielders screening the back four next season.

The report claim Dortmund saw Merino as a player for the future and were reluctant to sell him, but Newcastle were informed he was unsettled in Germany and have been quietly pursuing the deal for  ‘several weeks’ – and Benitez appears all set to get his man.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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