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This Could Be Good News For Rafa – Newcastle Close To Signing New Top Target

The Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa Benitez is now concentrating on defensive reinforcements in the last two full days of this transfer window.

Newcastle need a left back brought in to challenge Paul Dummett, and we also need a center-back to come in for Florian Lejeune who will likely miss a large part of the season because of his ACL knee injury.

But don’t we also need another striker brought in to make up the numbers – since Dwight Gayle has left the club on loan to West Brom?

Newcastle have been going after PSG left back Stanley N’Soki who has played only two competitive games for the French club but has looked very good in some of the preseason games recently.

He can also play at center-back, but he seems a bit short for that position at 5ft 10ins tall.

Left-back is critical for the manager because we saw how Dummett was missed when he was injured in the first game of last season against Spurs and we had Chancel Mbemba, and Javier Manquillo deputize.

PSG left back Stanley N’Soki – fabulous young player

Once Paul came back into the first team towards the end of last year the defense tightened up significantly, so Rafa needs cover for the local lad this season.

N’Soki will be more than cover for Dummett and will immediately challenge for the left-back starting position – which is precisely what Rafa wants.

The 19-year-old is now said to be open to a move to Newcastle, and we have to think that Rafa has been talking to him.

The news is that he has already rejected several new offers from the Paris club and he will definitely have a better chance of first-team football at Newcastle.

It looks like his contract has run out at the end of June (?) but since he came through the PSG Youth System, the French club are entitled to compensation for him.

Presumably, that’s what’s being worked out between the two clubs now.

N’Soki would be a tremendous signing for us – but he may cost close to £10M.

Hope we can get him into the club – he will be an excellent signing for Rafa, and the manager could even be happy come Friday.


Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Pottsclock

    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Ooohhhh…this would be very good. Overall, some younger talent would freshen the squad

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    We can barely sign players over the period of 3 to 4 months and suddenly we can sign so many players in 3 days?

    Never gonna happen. And no one’s coming.

  • NUFCadon

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Bring him in!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Now this wud be fine news. We might get away with a centre half as dummett is a decent cb in my opinion. Think we need a striker but rondon will do well for us. I think he’s good for upto 15 goals and at long last we have a striker with height and pace. Muto will see plenty of game time from the bench as a 10 or 9 or even winger

  • Charge

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Is the focus on defence rather than a number 10 because of more use of 352 next season or just safety first?

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I really hope it’s Christmas and we get this guy and the Lyon striker… But this is Newcastle and Mike ‘cancer’ Ashley… So probably will get neither

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8


    There you are again with the ”close to ” !!

    That said, N’Soki, Maolida and possibly even Julien would be storming signings.

    Meanwhile back to reality.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Needed a new haversack so went to sports direct on Northumberland street. Got a very good one. Slazenger. With a little box in it for picnics.im very pleased with it.only 15pounds.true story.

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s the hope that kills you.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Although Rondon and Muto arent world class they will improve the team compared to last year where Joselu played half and Gayle played half. Not only are they better but they’ll get a full season of assists from Kenedy where last season we only had him for 12 games. I’m not expecting goals galore next year but we should be more lethal than last year by far.

  • SwissSte

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Just seen a video on him on the Chron website and OoooOOOOooOOoOoOoo

    if we somehow manage to sign him then forget everything, it’s been a good window!

  • lesh

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13


    ‘……and two together and making Diane Abbott….’?

    What’s Diane Abbot got to do with Usmanov?

    However, if you’d suggested Johnson, Hove, Fox, Davis, Rees Mogg, May et al to imply incompetence………

  • switch365

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    If the fat cockney shopkeeper instructed Penfold to get Rafa’s deals done, up to the value of £X.
    We could get Sturaro, Tagliafico, Jullien and Bernard. Wham bam thank you ma’am!
    Then Rafa could have a team to work with.

    However that would require him actually giving a shite!

  • lesh

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15



    * Hove = Gove

    Hove’s incontinence!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    With regards to the £75 million (or thereabouts) that is missing, we’ll find out where it’s going when the accounts are released. The conditions of the loan are that Ashley gets it back either from taking out of profits or by getting a buyer to pay it off. But he’s realised there is no way a buyer will pay the going rate for Newcastle and pay off the debt/ loan. Imagine you were buying the club and it was valued at £300m, but then the guy said I want you to also pay off the debt so you need to pay £400m for a club worth £300m. It’s not going to happen. He must get it back from profits and if that’s what he’s doing then I’m happy. We can survive by being super prudent as we are. Just hope the bid comes in this year before Benitez goes.

  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    The Russians are crackers for PL footy
    I can easily imagine Alisher Usmanov
    being interested in being the sole owner
    at NUFC
    He’s probably been on the dog and bone
    to Alexei Mordashov asking about the best
    bars near the poly
    There’s also Mikhail Prokhorov who has been
    linked with NUFC before (he owns Brooklyn Nets
    basketball team)
    We could be having a Russian billionaires auction here

  • lesh

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18


    ‘N’Soki, Maolida and possibly even Julien’ would be good signings but….

    Ashley’s had three months to sign off decent signings and you expect Charnley to buy three in two days?

    Buy and pay through the nose because our backs against the wall?

    And, even if we do sign these lads, it would not have been a good window! Players in yes but they should’ve been in on or about July 1st to allow Rafa and the players to prepare.

    Ashley’s unfettered greed led him to balls things up yet again.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    There are definitely rules about who we sign. £xm for a defender/ midfielder/ striker. £xm for a player over 28. £xm for a prospect under 22. 2 players in each position. It seems all quite logically minded to get the best value and resale out of players. If it was my team I’d let Benitez do what he wants with the first 11. Any age/ price etc. And I’d demand all the back up players are young when we buy them, so hopefully they can develop and force the older player out. We also seem really strict on making sure we clear out players who arent contributing. Look at Everton, they have dozens of players contributing nothing, but picking up wages. Costly in the long run.

  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    you stiff-necked bore
    he wasn’t talking incompetence………just
    mathematical doltishness and Diane Abbot
    has a gold medal for that.

  • manni

    Aug 7, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #21

    @jib usmanov might be interested seeing as he never got full control of Arsenal. Hes got the money, problem is Fat Mike will up the asking price to £500m as soon as he knows hes interested. It would be back and forth…we get our hopes up. Tells Benitez takeover is happening ….jan transfer window closes ..then says , sorry Usmanov was isnt serious etc just like last year with Stavely. Meanwhile we lose hope again!

  • lesh

    Aug 7, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22


    I think my Diane Abbott question was asked what of DubaiMickey – not you! Can I respectfully ask you to keep your nose out?

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 7, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Let’s face it lesh, even you must agree that Corbyn’s ex screw Ms. Abbott isn’t the best with arithmetic.


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