Andrew Musgrove in the Chronicle is reporting that a decision on PSG defender Stanley N’Soki is expected today.
He reports that sources in France are confident that Newcastle will be able to seal the deal for the 20-year-old.
N’Soki is still keen to join Newcastle and even is said to be happy to work with Steve Bruce. He also is reportedly really excited to play in front of Newcastle’s fans.
It seems the holdup is still the contract demands of the player which Newcastle have thus far balked at. There is no indication if the player’s demands are outrageous or if Newcastle have not offered a competitive deal in this report.
Recent reports from France had that N’Soki considered the wages offered to be “low ball”. We certainly hope that Newcastle can either conclude this deal today or move on to another target.
Though Musgrove does state that sources in France are positive that a deal can be reached. It seems that PSG are wanting is concluded very quickly in case they need to start finding a new club for the player if it does fall through.
With Matt Ritchie looking to miss the Arsenal game due to his hamstring injury, the squad is very short in the left wing-back position. While Paul Dummett is a natural full-back and Ciaran Clark can also cover the position, both are not wing-backs.
It would be a shame to have to alter the formation that Steve Bruce has used this pre-season for the game against Arsenal due to an injury. Though he may have a plan and we could see that against St-Etienne on Saturday.
Regardless, Newcastle need to get some depth in this squad and they have just one week to do it.