Newcastle United have agreed terms with Sikou Niakate according to French media on Wednesday morning.
RMC Sport are reporting that the player and his agents are only now worried that a transfer won’t be agreed in time to see the deal go through by the 5pm deadline on Thursday.
Sikou Niakate only turned 19 last month and plays in centre of defence for Valenciennes.
He became first choice for the Ligue 2 club last season and made 24 appearance in the French second tier.
Valenciennes ended up 15th and didn’t have a great defensive record, only the three clubs at the bottom of the table conceded more than their 64 goals total.
Valenciennes are said to value the young defender at 3m euros (£2.7m) and now it just remains to be seen if Newcastle match that, according to RMC Sport.
Sikou Niakate was part of the youth set-up at PSG for seven years, until parting company in 2013.
He was part of the French Under 19s squad at the European Championships this summer in Finland and was called up for the Mali (born in France but via family) squad last season, although he didn’t play a competitive match, so still has the option of playing for either country.
If there is genuine interest and Newcastle get a deal done, you would imagine that at least initially, Niakate would be involved with the NUFC Under 23s.