Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie is reporting that Rafa Benitez would like to sign 19-year-old Stanley N’Soki, who is at PSG and played once for the first team there.
He has played for all the French Youth sides through the U20 level and made his Ligue 1 debut in December last year against Caen.
It appears that Newcastle may be going after younger players to give some depth to the squad – maybe because they will be cheaper and can be developed for the future.
Keith Downie is saying the highly rated 20-year-old is worth around £7M which is maybe what appeals to the Newcastle hierarchy.
19-year-old Stanley N’Soki in action last month against Arsenal
Here’s Keith’s tweet.
Understand Rafa Benitez wants to bring in PSG’s French U20 left-back Stanley N’Soki – and talks have taken place. He’d cost Newcastle around £7m. However as Benitez admitted in Portugal last night, he has “no idea” if any transfers are close.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 2, 2018
N’Soki was born in France and is of Congolese descent, and he has come through the Youth Academy at PSG.
Downie has no idea where we stand in getting the French youngster to Newcastle and joins Rafa Benitez who said last night he has no idea if any signings are even close.
We had assumed Lee Charnley is keeping him up to date with what he’s going with the transfers – but maybe not.
Getting some young players in this summer is positive – as long as we have enough experience in the side.
Signing these talented teenagers is better than doing nothing.