Newcastle have activated Florian Lejeune's release clause
Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Spanish side Eibar for centre-half Florian Lejeune.
The Mirror claim the Toon have made an £8.7million bid – triggering the defender's release clause.
Lejeune was let go by Manchester City last season but has impressed Rafa Benitez, earning him a move straight back to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old is set to become Newcastle's second signing of the summer following a permanent deal for Christian Atsu who was on loan with the club from Chelsea last term.
Florian Lejeune was released by Manchester City last season
The Mirror report says Benitez has been focusing his attention on the Spanish market given his expertise in his home country.
And Lejeune is expected to be the first of a host of signings from La Liga making their way to St James' Park.
Newcastle had reportedly been offered Eliaquim Mangala by Manchester City after the defender's loan spell with Valencia ended.
However, Benitez has instead settled on Lejeune.
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The Toon reportedly plan on offsetting some of the cost of the Eibar defender by selling Grant Hanley.
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The Scotland international has been linked with a return to the Championship with Derby tabling a £4m bid.
Benitez is also said to be weighing up an offer for goalkeeper Willy Caballero following his release from City.
The Newcastle boss had set his sights on former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina but a deal could prove problematic.