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The Two Left Backs Newcastle Almost Signed In Early August

French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that Newcastle went close to signing two left backs in the final week of the summer transfer window.

One we knew about was for 19-year-old PSG left-back Stanley N’Soki, and we had a €10M bid accepted by PSG for him.

But he thought he was too young to move to the Premier League and decided to stay in Paris.

20-year-old Lille left-back Hamza Mendyl

That’s a pity because the lad looks like an excellent young player who could have challenged Paul Dummett immediately for the left-back starting position.

And we are also reported to have agreed a deal for Lille left-back Hamza Mendyl in the week before the transfer window closed, but it fell through due to work permit issues.

But the 13 times capped 20-year-old Moroccan International signed for Schalke last Friday, so he’s no longer available to Newcastle.

Mendyl was included in the Moroccan World Cup squad, but we still couldn’t get a work permit for him.

So these are two young players Rafa went after and of course he needed just one of them brought in.

We knew about Stanley N’Soki, but nothing was reported at the time on Hamza Mendyl.

Mendyl was reported yesterday to have almost joined Arsenal – but they couldn’t get a work permit for him either.

So we’re not sure about Mendyl being so close to joining Newcastle – but it could be true.

Update –  he has told Kicker in Germany that he was negotiating with both Arsenal and Newcastle in the summer – so it seems accurate enough.

We expect Rafa to try to bring in another young left-back in January, so we at least have cover for Paul Dummett in the second half of the season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    And of course it was somehow Mike Ashley’s
    fault they didn’t arrive.


  • posada

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Is there such a thing as the perfect fullback.
    Probably if you want to spend 60 million.
    For a while we have had a contrast between our LB and RB.
    One renowned for defence. The other for attack.
    I realise the FB and wide midfielder play as a two and this perhaps lessons that disparity.
    Does it weaken us. Well not sure just making the point.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Andrew Robertson at LPool is probably as close as
    you’ll get the the perfect full-back – hate to think how
    much he would cost now.
    We went head to head with the reds to sign him from Hull
    matched their fee of £8M but he chose the merseysiders
    over us (cannot blame him for that)
    Shows Rafa has an eye for a good player(as if we didn’t know)

  • posada

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye that wasnt long ago either.
    Billy Big Balls is not the gambler he craiks on to be.
    That would have been a good 8M bet.

  • AncientC

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    “And of course it was somehow Mike Ashley’s
    fault they didn’t arrive.”

    Another hard-hitter from Jib. Hilarious. Honk! Honk!

    What a ridiculous specimen Jib is. A Tory think thank type. Mike Ashley is just misunderstood. *honestly*

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6


    He’s got an eye for signing bad players as well.

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Old news Ed move on. Its only a few months before we have to go thro all this shite again on Transfers, Richard Keys, the Rafa’s at breaking point saga, if Rafa walks…. pointless protests at sports direct. End result is we know Ashley will do nothing unless it’s free, cheap or a loan, even then we might not be able to get it over the line!

  • AncientC

    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    “pointless protests at sports direct” ?

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 22, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9


    Yes pointless. If members of the black and diluded wanted to make a real protest and maximise publicity pick ONE high profile Sky home game and Don’t Go! or better still go and at a pre-determined time walk out. Sometimes doing the right thing at the right time comes at a cost ask Rangers Fans!


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