Chancel Mbemba is on the verge of becoming the second Anderlecht player to sign for Newcastle this week.
The Congolese centre-back is believed to have undergone a medical on Tyneside, with mere formalities remaining to complete before he once again joins forces with teammate Aleksandar Mitrovic at St James’ Park.
His acquisition means the Magpies require just one Anderlecht attacking-midfielder to complete a Liverpool-style raid on the Belgian club.
The Reds went on a trolley dash around Southampton 12 months ago, splurging close to £50m on defender Dejan Lovren, creative Adam Lallana and striker Rickie Lambert.
In Mitrovic, Newcastle have pilfered Anderlecht’s most potent goal threat and they’re set to do the same with the chief rearguard marshal, Mbemba.
The conjuring lifeblood is all they need in order to complete the Paars-wit spine-extraction procedure.
It just so happens Besnik Hasi’s side stock one of Belgium’s most coveted attacking-midfielders, 21-year-old Dennis Praet.
The youngster has been repeatedly linked with moves to the Premier League after some impressive performances throughout the previous season, especially in Europe.
He was a standout player in Anderlecht’s Champions League campaign, starting each of their six group games, scoring once and assisting two more.
Given the travails Remy Cabella endured in his debut season in England, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Newcastle shopping for a new playmaker and, assuming this is the case, Praet would be a logical target.
He was the main source of ammunition for Mitrovic last time around and with the Magpies desperate for the costly Serb to do the business instantly, being able to call upon a player who has savoured success linking up with him in the past can only be advantageous.
Like the two who’ve already moved from Brussels to the north east, he is young, reputable and, in line with Newcastle’s recruitment policy, has the potential to be sold on for a large sum at a later date.