Newcastle United have surely been handed a boost in their pursuit of defender Stanley Nsoki after he left Paris Saint-Germain’s pre-season tour of China to return to France on Wednesday.
According to French news outlet RMC Sport, the 20-year-old could soon leave PSG after the European giants reached an agreement to sell him to Newcastle.
RMC Sport has previously claimed that the fee that the Magpies have agreed with PSG is worth £10million and includes a sell-on clause of 20 per cent.
After returning to France from China, it would seem as though Steve Bruce is getting closer to sealing the second addition to his senior squad this summer with Brazilian forward Joelinton the only player he has signed so far.
Nsoki is certainly someone who the Magpies could do with signing.
The France Under-20 international is a left-back who can also play on the left-hand side of a back-three.
Newcastle lost Antonio Barreca at the end of last season when his loan spell ended, leaving Paul Dummett and fringe player Achraf Lazaar, who was sent on a half-season loan to Sheffield Wednesday in January, as the only natural left-backs in the squad.
Last season Nsoki started to slowly break into the PSG first-team by earning 15 appearances across all competitions. Nine of them came at left-back, where he managed to supply two assists.
According to stats by WhoScored, Nsoki completed 86.9 per cent of his passes in Ligue 1 last season, averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.1 dribbles per league appearance. All of those stats are better than what Dummett managed for the Magpies in the Premier League last term.
Nsoki is also young and will continue to improve so a £10million swoop to sign him could be an inspired piece of business by Bruce and the rest of the Newcastle recruitment staff.