Newcastle United are in discussions with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of teenager defender Moussa Sissako, according to the Northern Echo.
The newspaper claims that the fee being touted for the 18-year-old is £2million, significantly less than they would have likely had to pay for his teammate Stanley N’Soki.
A deal for N’Soki is proving to be difficult for the Magpies, whereas Sissako has been told that he is free to leave the French champions.
The breakdown in discussions for N’Sako has now led the north east giants into talks over this £2million deal instead.
Sorry, but does this make any sense whatsoever? Moving for N’Soki was an obvious one because he has been a long-term target for the club, while Steve Bruce needs to bring in full back help on both sides of the defence. Sissako, however, is a centre back, a position where the Magpies are incredibly well stocked. Honestly, why would Newcastle go all out to sign a teenage, unproven centre half, when they already have a coterie of quality options? Bruce has Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark who can play in that position. Where is the game time going to come for an 18-year-old, even if Bruce does stick with Rafael Benitez’s three man central defensive unit? £2million isn’t much money, so in that respect this isn’t a make or break deal, but it’s just not a signing that the club needs when they have so many other holes.