£10m West Ham transfer target joins Europa League club after false Newcastle United ‘done deal’ claim
Former Newcastle United transfer target Ivan Fresneda has joined a new club.
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The 18-year-old right-back has joined Portuguese side Sporting from Real Valladolid. The player has signed a five-year deal after a transfer totalling £10.3million including add-ons was agreed.
Fresneda was scouted in person by Newcastle head of recruitment Steve Nickson and talk of a £10million plus add-ons deal was discussed. Journalist Fernando Kallas even told Sky Sports that the 18-year-old said goodbye to his teammates with a move to Newcastle in January ‘fairly a done deal’.
Fresneda had a £26.6million release clause in his contract at Valladolid which dropped to £17.23million following the club’s relegation from La Liga last season.
Newcastle have since bolstered their right-back options with the signing of Tino Livramento from Southampton for an initial £30million fee. The Magpies also signed Harrison Ashby from West Ham in January as right-back cover before loaning him out to Swansea City for the 2023-24 season.
Eddie Howe effectively declared Newcastle’s transfer business done for the summer unless a change in circumstances were to emerge before the deadline on September 1.