Some conflicting reports have emerged over the past week regarding the fee Newcastle will have to pay next summer if we wish to sign Jetro Willems on a permanent deal.
The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas stated last week that it was his understanding we’d have the opportunity to sign the Dutchman for “less than £6m” if we decided to turn his loan move into a permanent deal, however German outlet BILD reported yesterday that the clause in his loan deal allows us to sign him for £10m.
Either way, whether it’s £4m, £6m or £10, it looks like we’ll have the chance to sign the 25-year-old for a reasonable fee next summer if he continues to impress.
Bundesliga side Frankfurt paid £7m to sign him from PSV two years ago, and while he failed to impress in Germany (albeit while playing in an unfamiliar central midfield role), he’s looked the part at Newcastle over the last few weeks.
Some have urged Newcastle to get the deal done in January to avoid another club swooping in next summer, however the Chronicle report that we’ll bide our time and continue to assess his performances – despite being impressed with what we’v seen so far.
After all, I don’t see Mike Ashley committing to a deal that may be worth £10m plus when we’re currently one of the favourites to go down.