Newly promoted Premier League side Newcastle are closing in on their first signing Ghanaian international Christian Atsu from Champions Chelsea.

Football Sierra Leone understands that the two clubs have reached agreement on a deal which would cost the Magpies in the region of £6.5.

However, it is understood that there is still a distance to go before the transfer is completed.

Atsu, 25, who joined Chelsea in September 2013 from Porto during the summer on a five-year deal made 32 league appearances and scored five goals for Newcastle this season.

He won his first senior cap for Ghana on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process.

The attacking midfielder was once described by the BBC as an “excellent prospect”.

Atsu, capped 42 times by Ghana, has spent time on loan at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.


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