NEWCASTLE United’s long-running bid to sign Mathieu Debuchy faces a crucial 48 hours.
The club is hopeful of agreeing a deal for the Lille defender by the middle of the week.
Up to now, the sticking point has been the fee for the 27-year-old.
Lille are understood to be holding out for around £8million for the right-back and United’s initial bid fell well short of that.
However, work is ongoing on a deal to bring the France international, a close friend of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, to Tyneside.
United manager Alan Pardew wouldn’t be drawn on the identity of the club’s transfer targets.
But he’s optimistic that the club is close to a transfer breakthrough.
“I’m hoping by the end of the week somebody will be through the door,” said Pardew. “I really do and there’s a good chance of that.”
Meanwhile, a deal for Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good should be tied up early this week.
The 19-year-old had a successful trial at the club in April. Good, a centre-half, travelled to Tyneside last week for a medical ahead of a move.
l FABRICIO Coloccini was proud to guide his team to victory on the Algarve but his main focus is the start of the Premier League season on August 18.
“It was nice to win,” said Coloccini who lifted the trophy, a model of the bridge that crosses the river Guadiana linking Portugal and Spain.
“Although it wasn’t important that we had to. The main thing is the new season.”
The Braga game followed a 1-1 draw against Olympiakos 24 hours earlier.
Both clubs are in the Champions League, yet United more than held their own ahead of their own return to Europe next month.
“We have played against some top teams in Portugal,” added Coloccini.
“Braga was a decent competitive game for us. Winning is always nice, as is picking up a trophy.”
Newcastle have lost just one of their five pre-season games so far.
And next up is a visit to Dutch club Den Haag on Saturday.
“Everything is going well,” said Coloccini. “We need to keep on going like this.”