Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for the transfer of former France U21 international Stanley Nsoki, according to RMC Sport.
Magpies chiefs are still in negotiations with the player and his representatives over personal terms for the 20-year-old, who is due to set the club back €11million (£9.9m), as well as having a 20% per cent sell-on clause installed in his Toon contract.
Rafa Benitez had long tried to acquire the Poissy-born ace during his tenure on Tyneside, but saw his advances rebuffed by the Parisian outfit who were keen to retain the left-back whenever his services came into question.
Thomas Tuchel infrequently turned to Nsoki during the 2018/19 season, however, which led PSG chiefs to consider any suitable offer, having rejected an €8million (£7.2m) approach by Newcastle amid interest from Borussia Dortmund, LOSC Lille and Olympique de Marseille.
Nsoki’s representatives are already in discussions with Newcastle after they opened the door to his potential exit from Les Parisiens, as the 5 ft 8 defender had grown frustrated at the limited playing time on offer by Tuchel.
A majority of the 1-cap U21 international’s outings in the recent term came during the opening months, before his German manager restricted the promising youngster to three Ligue 1 appearances following the turn of the year.
Nsoki may not be an instant starter at St James’ Park, but he should provide new boss Steve Bruce with food for thought at left-back and centre-half going forward, if the former Sheffield Wednesday head coach continues with the three-man backline engraved on the squad by Benitez.
The Poissy-born ace is composed in possession, positionally astute and possesses great strength for his age, but is somewhat let down by his ability to take on and beat the opponent when fielded at left-back.
At €11m, though, he will more than likely be an asset that grows in value over the coming years.
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