Newcastle United have released an official statement on Sunday regarding Chancel Mbemba.

The club confirm that they have agreed a deal with Anderlecht for the central defender, with the personal terms also acceptable to the player.

However, there has been no progress yet with regard to the DR Congo international’s work visa, despite the relevant application having been made four days ago.

Despite pressing the FA, the ruling body says that the matter can’t be looked at until this coming Thursday (30 July) when a panel will be convened to decide if a visa will be backed by the authorities.

Newcastle fans, and no doubt Steve McClaren as well, see Chancel Mbemba (watch video footage of him HERE) as key to helping to sort out the abysmal defending of recent seasons, particularly when it comes to the centre of defence.

The player obviously misses today’s friendly against Sheffield United and Wednesday’s at York, with it looking as though next Sunday against Borussia Monchengladbach at St James Park also unlikely to see Mbemba feature.

Taylor and Williamson start against Sheffield United….

Newcastle United Official Statement 26 July 2015

Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the Club and undergone his medical.

The documentation in relation to the Club’s application for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22nd July).

Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the Club’s application until Thursday of next week (30th July). The FA advised the Club they were not able to convene a Panel any sooner.

The Club will provide an update for supporters at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of the Panel hearing.