Matt Ritchie replacement? Newcastle eye summer swoop for Stanley N’Soki

According to Paris United, via their official Twitter account, Newcastle United ‘are very interested’ in signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Stanley N’Soki this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Newcastle were linked with a move for N’Soki ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but were unable to get a deal over the line.

Just about nine months on, the Magpies are again being credited with an interest in the 20-year-old ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Indeed, according to Paris United, the Premier League club are keen on signing Nsoki, but the same can also be said for Borussia Dortmund, Lille and Marseille.

The report adds that PSG would be prepared to sell for the right price this summer, meaning that Rafael Benitez’s side might well be pulled into a bidding war.

The Frenchman has shown his potential this season, though, and Newcastle should certainly look to sign him for the right price.

What would he bring to Newcastle?

N’Soki is still very much a work in progress.

The France Under-21 international only turned 20 last month, but has made 15 appearances for PSG during the 2018-19 campaign.

Despite being primarily a left-back, Transfermarkt claim that he has turned out on four occasions in Ligue 1 this season as a central defender.

Whilst it is incredibly unlikely that Newcastle would use the 5 ft 10 ace in that area of the field, he would provide an interesting option at left-back.

There remains speculation surrounding the future of Matt Ritchie, who has been linked with a move to Stoke City.

Ritchie, who has played a lot of football at left wing-back in recent months, contributed eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances during the 2018-19 campaign.

The 29-year-old is clearly not a long-term option in that area of the field and, should Ritchie move on, N’Soki would be a very interesting replacement option.