Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Moussa Sissako, according to RMC Sport’s Loic Tanzi.
The Magpies are understood to have been sounding out a move for the 18-year-old for several weeks, but are now near to reaching an agreement with his Ligue 1 side and his representatives.
Sissako is under contract at the Parc des Princes until the summer of 2021, but is not thought to have a future in the French capital under Thomas Tuchel, and is therefore open to a move away from Les Parisiens one year after extending his contract.
It is not currently publicised how much United have offered PSG to acquire one of their B-Team players, who has featured for the Parisian side’s Under 17s and U19s, but is yet to make a first-team breakthrough.
The 6ft centre-back has also spent time with France’s Under 18s, but has not been listed on any of their teamsheets, suggesting he would connect with Newcastle’s academy squad should his proposed move go through before Thursday’s deadline.
Clichy, France-born Sissako also holds citizenship with Mali, meaning he could become just the fourth player from the country to join a Premier League side, after former Fulham midfielder Mahamdou Diarra, ex-Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe and former West Ham attacker Modibo Maiga.
Sissako could also be one of two Paris Saint-Germain castaways moving to Tyneside this summer, with the club still pursuing Stanley Nsoki, despite the left-back displaying opposition to joining the Magpies.
Most Newcastle fans reacting on social media to RMC’s claims of a deal nearing for Sissako, however, are far from enthusiastic about his potential arrival…