Newcastle United have been keen to bolster their defensive options at left-back throughout the summer and reports concerning the club’s interest in Paris Saint-Germain youngster Stanley N’Soki appeared to be positive.
However, that has changed as GetFrenchFootballNews report that the 19-year-old, who has just 12 games remaining on his deal with the Ligue 1 champions, has rejected a switch as he feels it is too early to move to the Premier League.
While he is open to playing in England further down the line, his current plan is to earn more experience and to mature within France.
A new name has emerged as a late target for Newcastle United in the market, with 21-year-old versatile asset Jairo Riedewald targeted after he reportedly rejected an opportunity to move from Crystal Palace to Swansea City.
According to The Times, Newcastle are keen on the out of favour Dutch ace after he made it clear he wants to remain in the Premier League and Rafael Benitez likes the look of a player who is comfortable playing in defence or in a holding midfield role.
The former Ajax man impressed in the second half of last season at Palace but struggled with injuries and the Eagles could let him go for the right price.
Newcastle fans will be holding out for positive news in the transfer market before Thursday’s deadline but it appears that too reported targets are off the agenda, with Rafael Benitez instead prioritising a move for a centre-back.
That is according to Chronicle journalist Chris Waugh, who stated on Twitter that the Magpies will not move for Toulouse’s Christopher Jullien and although Lyon youngster Myziane Maolida was considered, a swoop in this window is unlikely.
Have checked out the latest Christopher Jullien links this morning &, though #nufc have watched him, it sounds like the club are pursuing alternative centre-back options atm. Also Maolida of Lyon is someone who has been tracked, but a move for him this window is unlikely atm
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) August 7, 2018
A new season inevitably means fixture changes and Newcastle, like the other 19 clubs in the Premier League, have today learned what matches in October and November involving the Magpies have been changed.
The fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford sees the date unchanged but has been pushed back to a 5:30pm kick-off, while the visit to face Burnley has been moved to Monday 26th November and an 8pm kick-off time.
Anyone who has made early plans may have to now change them!