According to reports in Portuguese publication A Bola, Newcastle United look set to lose out to La Liga side Villarreal in the €14m (approximately £12.2m) race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo.
Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in at least one new centre-back – and probably two – this summer as he looks to significantly strengthen his squad to ensure that they aren’t in a relegation battle next season following their return to the Premier League.
The Spaniard had been targeting a move for the 23-year-old – along with top flight rivals Southampton – but it appears as though the Portuguese player has opted to move to Spain instead.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the transfer update via social media, with many glad that they weren’t signing him as he clearly doesn’t want to play for the club, while others questioned Semedo’s ambition.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Fair play to Ruben Semedo. Hell of a sideways move he's made there. #NUFC
— JOSH (@JoshsOpinion) June 7, 2017
Red card waiting to happen anyway ????
— The Wolf Of Wigan (@TheWolfOfWigan) June 7, 2017
Would of liked to sign that semedo, but thats a massive lack of ambition turning down us or southampton to go to villareal #NUFC
— DavyBaty81 (@david_baty) June 6, 2017
— oldramma (@ramsey_ian) June 6, 2017
Ok, we move on from the Semedo farce. He didnt want to come here #nufc
— David Punton (@DavePunton) June 6, 2017
Hadn't heard of him before last week and will probably forget his name by next week.
— SegedunumSkipLXXVII (@skipwallsend77) June 6, 2017
Better out there!
— wayne (@waynewonder81) June 6, 2017
Semedo is far far more better than the other guy#NUFC just couldn't get the deal over the line
disappointed is the word I am looking for ☹️
— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) June 6, 2017