Paris Saint-Germain’s long-term Newcastle United target Stanley Nsoki is nearing a move to OGC Nice following the Magpies’ failed advances to acquire the young centre-back, according to Nice-Matin via Get French Football News.
Patrick Vieira’s Les Aiglons are now seemingly putting to good use their new owner’s funds, as the Allianz Riviera side are believed to be in talks to acquire PSG prospect Nsoki, along with FC Lorient’s Alexis Claude-Maurice, Napoli’s Adam Ounas and Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.
The quartet are said to be arriving at Nice’s facilities on Wednesday, likely to discuss personal terms and carry out their medicals, with Nice-Matin adding that Les Aiglons’ deal for Claude-Maurice is thought to be worth around €15million (£13.6m).
Newcastle had been credited with an interest in Claude-Maurice earlier in the summer, too, but the left-midfielder had his eyes set on joining Borussia Monchengladbach at the time (L’Equipe).
Nsoki, meanwhile, has been a player on the Magpies’ radar for a while, when the North East outfit attempted to lure the French prospect away from PSG (RMC Sport), but saw their advances rebuffed by the Parc des Princes natives.
United were again turned away by Thomas Tuchel’s side in the following winter market, after returning to Les Parisiens regarding a potential loan deal, as the German wanted Nsoki to remain a part of his first-team plans.
Although, infrequent minutes under the former Borussia Dortmund head coach – making three of his twelve Ligue 1 appearances after the turn of the year (TransferMarkt) – saw Nsoki given the green light to join Newcastle, after the Magpies offered €11million (£9.9m) for the 20-year-old (France Football).
Personal terms proved an issue, however, as the U21 international felt United’s proposed wage failed to match the role he would be occupying at St James’ Park, and, despite his agent pushing him to accept the move (Soccer Link), walked away from negotiations at the start of August (RMC Sport).
Jetro Willems was obviously brought in as cover on the left-hand side of defence with Matt Ritchie largely operating as the club’s first-choice wing-back on that flank. Still, the Dutchman was at fault for Arsenal’s winner on his debut for the Magpies and Ritchie isn’t a natural defender, so the Toon could regret not making a move for the player while they could.
Moving to Nice, who have a decent pedigree when it comes to developing young talents such as Newcastle’s own Allan Saint-Maximin (signed from Monaco) and Malang Sarr (linked with the Premier League himself) will likely hand the defender much more in the way of first-team football, potentially making it harder for the Tyneside titans to sign an established player in terms of costs.
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