Premier League outfit Newcastle United are on the verge of closing a big-money deal for a key member of the defensive setup at Southampton, according to reports.
The player in question? Tino Livramento.
As per the reliable Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian, right-back Livramento is primed to a seal a move to St. James’ Park over the coming weeks.
This comes after the brass on Tyneside agreed to fork over an alleged sum of £30 million.
Whilst Chelsea maintain a buyback option on the Cobham academy product, the Blues are not expected to involve themselves in the situation, with Livramento therefore in line to join fellow summer signings Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes in Eddie Howe’s squad with a view to the 2023/24 campaign.
The incoming outflux of talent at Southampton, however, will not end there.
Saints captain James Ward-Prowse is too inching towards the exit door at St. Mary’s, with West Ham United ready to ‘step up’ their interest in the England international.
Also confirmed by the aforementioned Steinberg, the powers that be at West Ham will imminently move to bridge the gap in valuation with their Southampton counterparts, by offering up Flynn Downes in part-exchange for Ward-Prowse’s signature.