NEWCASTLE UNITED have had a £13.5m bid accepted for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.

After a frustrating few weeks in the transfer market, the Magpies are finally on the verge of making their first breakthrough of the summer, with talks over Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson also continuing.

Steve Bruce has assessed a number of different left-back options in the last few weeks after deciding that a permanent move for last season’s loanee, Danny Rose, did not make financial sense.

Similarly, Bruce opted against making another move for Jetro Willems, who also spent past of last season on loan at St James’ Park, and Lewis has been his number one option for some time.

Norwich were initially holding out for at least £18m for the 22-year-old, who was the subject of a failed £10m bid from Liverpool earlier in the summer.

Newcastle felt that sum was too high, and Norwich, who signed former Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson on a season-long loan last night, relented this morning and accepted the Magpies’ £13.5m offer.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool return to the table, so Newcastle officials will be desperately trying to push through a deal as quickly as possible.

The situation is complicated by Lewis’ international duties, as the full-back is currently with the Northern Ireland squad and played the full 90 minutes of last night’s 1-1 draw in Romania.

Northern Ireland return to action on Monday, when they host Norway at Windsor Park, so Newcastle will not be able to make any further progress until Tuesday at the earliest.

However, they will attempt to arrange a medical for the middle of next week, potentially making Lewis available to make his Newcastle debut in the opening Premier League game at West Ham United next weekend.