Newcastle United may come to regret not trying harder to sign Stanley N’Soki from Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Chronicle Live, the Magpies were indeed ‘desperate’ to sign the starlet this summer, but a move never materialised.
Supposedly PSG wanted around £9 million, but Newcastle didn’t want to spend that much and pay in instalments.
It’ll make for frustrating news for the fans, who would have liked to have seen a bit more activity on the transfers front.
Now, N’Soki has signed a new contract with the French champions, meaning the ship might have sailed.
A missed opportunity
Mike Ashley’s stinginess appears to have cost Newcastle once again.
N’Soki would have been a brave but positive signing.
The left-back, still only 19, is highly rated at his club, and manager Thomas Tuchel has already handed him four appearances this season.
He is fighting it out at the Parc des Princes with Juan Bernat for a regular place in the side, and so far he is holding his own.
The youngster would have provided some fresh impetus down the left.
Although Paul Dummett is a good defender in the truest sense of the word, one gets the feeling that the club should be seeking to upgrade on him soon, or at least sign someone to compete with him.
N’Soki would have come in and shaken things up a bit.
He would have been a great outlet with his pace and attacking tendencies.
It looks as though Newcastle have missed their chance on N’Soki. If he gets game time this year, and one suspects that he will given the way he’s started, then his market value could skyrocket.
Then the club are potentially presented with a classic case of ‘what might have been’.