This Teenager Would Be An Outstanding Acquisition For Newcastle


The Chronicle are reporting today that manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to follow up the Salomon Rondon loan signing – expected to be announced today – with 19-year-old PSG left-back Stanley N’Soko in a permanent deal.

We have our doubts that PSG will let the teenager leave after he has looked very impressive playing for the PSG first team this summer.

But if we can sign him permanently he will be a terrific acquisition for us and will immediately challenge Paul Dummett for that left-back starting position.

PSG French left-back Stanley N’Soko

It seems the teenager wants to join Rafa in the Premier League at Newcastle, although the fee has not yet been agreed.

But earlier reports last week from the French press suggested Newcastle had offered PSG €7M up front with €4M of potential add-ons.

So with the add-ons, that’s close to £10M (£9.8M) – a very decent fee for an untested 19-year-old.

Ajax’s 25-year-old Argentine International Nicolas Tagliafico (8 full caps) is also a possibility to come in this week.

Ajax want £8M for him (plus an agent’s fee), so how is that too much for Newcastle to pay – which is what’s being reported.

Rafa is also after a center-back to fill in for Florian Lejeune who could miss most of the season with a serious ACL knee injury.

Let’s hope we can get players in that Rafa wants before Thursday night – it’s the least he deserves.

Comments welcome.


72 comments so far

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    @ martoon

    Final Number of Points – 45
    League Cup Round – 5
    FA Cup Round – 4
    Player of the Season – Kenedy
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 13

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    @Martoon
    Final League Position 14th
    Final Number of Points 44
    League Cup 4th round
    FA Cup Round 3rd round
    Player of the Season Rondon
    Top Goal Scorer Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS 12

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    N’Soki is equally as good a CB as a LB…especially in a 3 at the back. He’d be a complete CB if he was a couple inches shorter but his pace would see him be a good tactical alternative at CB against players like Vardy! If we sign him that’ll be our CB search over I think! Interesting to see who makes way if we do take him, as he wants to move for first team football so imagine he’d want some guarantees of playing time.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #4

    If we end the transfer window having bought in Dubravka, Schar, N’Soki, Ki, Kenedy, Muto and Rondon, is that a good window? Makes our side significantly stronger than 12 months ago so its weird that it feels we haven’t even tried..

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    @Jayphoto

    There has been a few interviews in that Rafa has said about wanting a squad where he could change tactics easily!? So this boy could be moved to a left wing back with Dummett a 3rd CB?

    A couple of games where we got murdered last season (Watford twice and another team) was against 3 at the back until we changed to a system that matched them but it was too late in the game by then!

    Would allow us to play Muto and Rondon up top if we played that formation although not sure where it would leave Kennedy and Richie if we played it?

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    jayphoto

    Could be the lateness of their arrival. Some will have had little time in pre-season.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #7

    @Lee Charnley – Could more likely see Kenedy as a wing back in a 3-4-1-2 and N’Soki moving into outside centreback. If we sign him, i’d be very surprised to see him and Dummett on the field at the same time unless we are playing out for time. Kenedy has played as a wingback alot really effectively.
    Im most interested to see where Muto fits in. To all accounts in Germany he absolutely can’t play as a 10, has a played as a wide forward here and there but ultimately is a striker that plays up top on his own, not seen him play much tbh but German pundits seem to have him down as a Japanese Jamie Vardy in style without the goals…

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  • ben.g

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Made me LOL today. Advert at the top of article for savetoshop.

    Giving away JD sports vouchers!

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  • Lovem or Hatem

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Sky Sports Premier League
    ?Verified account @SkySportsPL

    RONDON-GAYLE SWAP AGREED

    Newcastle and West Brom have agreed a season-long swap for Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle, Sky Sports News understands.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Kenedy at wingback would make sense also because it would mean Rafa could seamlessly go from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1 without making a substitute as the LB would have the tactical ability to move into a back 3, Kenedy would drop into wing back and Yedlin would move forward into wing back. The ability to shift into formations fluidly like that will probably see us quite successful against teams with better players but lesser managers (thinking West Ham, leicester etc) Its actually where I think England came unstuck at the WC as Belgium, Croatia and Colombia all changed systems 2 or 3 times per game and Southgate was really slow to react to it which saw england dominate early minutes and then lost at sea in the 2nd half of games despite having far stronger players

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    @Jayphoto

    Yeah there is some games where Rafa just might not be able to change it effectively I feel we have a slightly stronger squad than last season with the likes of Ki and Rondon who could make an impact if coming off the bench as well!

    Yeah I have seen Muto compared to Vardy as well mind you Vardy only started scoring properly in the big leagues 2 or 3 seasons ago so Muto could be ready for his shot at the big time !

    Always a feeling of what might have been with Rafa under Ashley if we got more of the 1st and 2nd choices wouldn’t be surprised if we gatecrashed the top 4 or won a cup

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  • toon kk

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Martoon.
    Final league position 15th
    Final number of points 41
    League cup 4th
    FA Cup 3rd
    Player of the season Shelvey
    Top scorer Rondon
    Number of goals 13

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  • Rowan

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Martoon:

    Final League Position – 12th
    Final Number of Points – 45
    League Cup Round – 4
    FA Cup Round – 5
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Dubravka
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 15

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  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Agreed jayphoto

    We have strengthened significantly from last year. I think the great deal of anger comes from the lateness of their arrival as ron said. I also feel angry because given the amount of tv money we received and the revenue from player sales I think we should have done so much better. We have no marquee signings and the likes of Rondon and Muto aren’t exactly inspiring (although I am quietly confident about Muto). I think we all hoped to sign Kenedy permanently, as well as bringing in a marquee striker and number 10 which obviously haven’t happened.
    We have done business but I feel we could have done so much more – there is no reason why we couldn’t have shown similar ambition to Fulham other than the greedy twat

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  • Lovem or Hatem

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Martoon

    Final league position 13th
    Final Number of Points – 45
    League Cup Round – 5
    FA Cup Round – 4
    Player of the Season – Kenedy
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 13

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  • Rowan

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    SS transfer centre:

    Dwight Gayle has signed his season-long loan to West Brom this luchtime, according to Sky sources.

    Sky Sports News await confirmation from both clubs on the swap deal that would see Salomon Rondon joining Newcastle.

    Rondon had his medical on Tyneside yesterday. We understand Newcastle will pay a £2m loan fee for their part of the deal. There is no obligation to buy.

    Glad there’s no obligation to buy. See how it pans out…

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  • DicBDoonToon

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    @martoon
    Final League Position – 9th
    Final Number of Points – 52
    League Cup Round – 5
    FA Cup Round – 6
    Player of the Season – Lascelles
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Muto
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 11

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  • geordieboy83

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    martoon

    Final league position 8th
    Number of points 62
    League cup 6
    Fa Cup 8
    Player of season Kennedy
    Too goalscrorer Rondon
    Number of goals 17

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  • Mag52

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail.

    I sense you’re looking for a historical argument going back to Pardew times.
    I have no intention of obliging you in that.
    All I have to say, which I’ve said before, is that consistency is not your strong point and you are, in political terminology, a flip-flopper.

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  • Lucasd12

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    I think we haven’t had the best window as all fans were expecting us to break the transfer record especially seeing the figures that we have received and the places we needed reinforced, and it’s understanable people are irritated by us not actually tying down good signings I mean the mclaren season we spent good money, wijnaldum, mitro thauvin all in access of 14m each yet this season hasn’t even came close to spending that on one player I think we have got smart players that fit our system, but I’m just begging praying that we can actually spend abit cash in the last few days getting some real quality in, me fat bastard would still be in profit even if he spent 30million in the last few days in 3/4 players then money after this season he will receive next summer won’t need much in

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    @Martoon
    Final League Position 11th
    Final Number of Points 50
    League Cup 4th round
    FA Cup Round 4th round
    Player of the Season Kenedy
    Top Goal Scorer Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS 16

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  • thatmatt

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #22
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Martoon
    Final League Position 8
    Final Number of Points 54
    League Cup Round (Win)
    FA Cup Round (6)
    Player of the Season Shelvey
    Top Goal Scorer Perez
    Number of Goals for TGS 12

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  • aussiemag

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Final Number of Points – 31
    League Cup Round – 1
    FA Cup Round – 1
    Player of the Season – Joselu
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Joselu
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 5

    Sorry to be so grim but I’m just stating how everyone is feeling after what looks to be another extremely slow piss weak window from Fat Cash and Penfold.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 6, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #25

    @martoon

    Final League Position – 9th
    Final Number of Points – 54
    League Cup Round – 4
    FA Cup Round – 4
    Player of the Season – Dubravka
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Pérez
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 16

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Perez will benefit most from Rondon’s physicality, assuming Muto doesn’t take his place. I think Shelvey will continue to improve and could peak in his 30s.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Possibly over confident, but I think there are still a lot of tams in the premier worse than us. Also not a lot of transfer activity from the middle order, except maybe West Ham, who appeared to have panic bought.

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  • ctommo

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #28

    @Martoon

    Final League Position- 9th
    Final Number of Points- 52
    League Cup- 6th round
    FA Cup Round- 5th round
    Player of the Season- Kenedy
    Top Goal Scorer- Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS- 16

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  • AncientC

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #29

    I am a bit behind on the blog and news, but I read a few articles back that West Brom are getting Gayle—estimated worth of Gayle around £12 million—plus another £2 million on top, and in return Newcastle gets Rondon on loan for a season. What the ….? So basically £14 million for a season loan of Rondon who could then walk next summer. So we get Rondon whose wages are higher than Gayle’s; a player that would a free agent next summer anyway, plus Rondon will be 30 in 13 months!

    What in God’s name is actually going on. It’s just never straight forward when it comes to Ashley, Bishop, and Charnley, is it. What a shifty bunch.

    Obviously they are trying to wrangle something cunning to try and save a few bob, which as per usual, will end up costing the club more in the long run.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Ancient C……… It’s called trading within a Free Market Economy, a concept which you’re obviously not familiar with.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #32
  • posada

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Thank God this will be all over in just over three days.
    Then we can judge where we are.
    One of my hopes was that Rafa was acting out a role.
    You know we don’t have any money. You don’t tell football you are going to splash the cash.

    Only thing is he is one hell of an actor if that is true.
    Could start a second career in Hollywood.

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  • AncientC

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Ed’s article didn’t state Gayle was going to West Brom on loan, which I just caught up on. Even so, how is £60,000 a week Rondon worth £2 million more over a season than Gayle is. Rondon may be in the last year of his contract, but that isn’t our problem.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    roll on 5pm thursday

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #36

    It seems like a brilliant deal for us, especially in comparison to paying £16m for an older striker. The way I think Ashley sees these loans is that he can fill the squad and reduce his asking price. By not spending 30m on kenedy and rondon it means the price is an extra 30m lower and the new chairman can come in and spend an extra 30m making him/ herself look more like a saviour. To us & to the team, it makes no difference if Kenedy is bought now under Ashley or next year under another chairman, but to Stavely or whoever it makes a huge difference that they are the one to be seen spending the money. Ashley knows that the new chairman will want to bring in ‘their’ players, and if its a big spending chairman they won’t want millions worth of deadwood they have to pay for.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Martoon

    FLP 15
    POINTS 41
    LC 4
    FAC 4
    POS Muto
    TS Rondon
    GOALS TS 13

    Manager at end of season, Rafa

    Manager at start of the season after, Rafa

    Owner, Not Ashley

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    Thanks, appreciate the time it takes you.

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  • AncientC

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #39

    betty, I have told you before not to address me. I do not wish to talk with a creep that threatened a female blogger with posting intimate pictures of her to the blog. All because the lady in question politely asked you to leave her alone. As I remember it she posted her email to communicate with Ibiza… not with you.

    What a very peculiar creep you are.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #40

    I fear for NUFC come the end of this season, Rafa will walk a Pardew mk2 (yes man) will arrive and a slippery slope to the championship will follow.

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