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.