Newcastle appear to be in the market for a new full-back this summer, with regular reports suggesting our scouts have been sent across Europe to find players capable of replacing Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin on the right.
With Antonio Barreca returning to AS Monaco, as we opted against turning his loan into a permanent arrangement, Rafa Benitez will also need a new out-and-out left-back, as Paul Dummett is currently our only natural defender for the position.
One name that has emerged as a potential candidate for the role is Paris Saint-Germain ace Stanley N’Soki, who Benitez had looked to sign last summer and again in the winter, but saw his approaches for a loan deal knocked back by the Parisian giants.
We were again linked with the former France U21 international in May, when it was suggested that we, Borussia Dortmund, LOSC Lille and Olympique de Marseille would test PSG’s resolve, and that they would not block a deal if they received a substantial offer.
Now, L’Equipe understand the Ligue 1 champions will allow their academy graduate to move on for a fee in the region of €6m and €8million (£5.3m and £7.1million), following a campaign where he featured on 15 occasions across all competitions.
The French outlet even suggest the 20-year-old’s exit from Thomas Tuchel’s squad is ‘expected’ following recent discussions between the left-back and the Paris Saint-Germain management.
What L’Equipe do not mention, though, is our interest in making a move, but they do note that Marseille and Lille are attentive to the situation, along with another unnamed Ligue 1 side.
From his twelve league appearances in the recent season, £5,835-a-week N’Soki averaged 2.6 successful tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 1.6 blocks, and 1.7 successful dribbles from 2.3 attempts per ninety minutes.