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.



  • Jimblag23

    Just waiting for Newcastle to reach agreement on transfer fee, that’s that transfer over then 😂

    • Jezza

      Yes apparently the asking price is £2.5 million so we can instantly forget it.

      • Leazes.

        2 days till the Lascelles bid.

      • Desree

        Jezza. He is Lascelles replacement, just waiting ont hat deal to happen then fatty will sign off.

        • Jezza

          I can’t say for certain that Lascelles will be leaving Newcastle tomorrow but I will absolutely guarantee you this one thing: Fatso’s helicopter will be in the North East as we speak with a pilot on a standby ready to fly our captain off to a new club should a suitable bid come in.

          • Wezza

            I can say for certain that yet another transfer deadline day will be like tumbleweed blowing in the wind as far as incomings are concerned!

          • Jezza

            It’ll be the rotor blades from Fatso’s helicopter as it lifts off with Jamaal Lascelles inside that will be blowing those tumbleweeds past St James’s Park.

    • panther

      they wanted two pairs of socks so they pulled the plug

  • Paul Patterson

    Asking price is £2.5m, we’ll bid £1m. And where was this bid weeks ago?

    • Leazes.

      Market Value 800k
      Started 22 of 38 games
      Victorious in 8 of them.

      I wonder if Charnley has ever bothered playing Football Manager and if he did which division did he take the club to.

      …oh sorry I forgot this is a Rafa purchase!

      • Nut

        I suppose you played football manager live Leazes

        • SuperDesHamilton

          No he just knows absolutely everything ever…apparently

          • Nut

            Football Manager Live was an mmo developed by the guys behind football manager.

            You got a surprising number of real life players and managers getting involved too.

            It started in beta for then went live with multiple game worlds.

            Eventually it died in part due to discrepancies over the way the game changed and as they found people were not willing to invest the time/money into it and the cost of maintaining the game servers became less than viable the game was closed.

            Maybe one day such a game will exist once more, others have tried but no one has succeeded in doing it as well to date.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Before That ther was sky sports manager that was the same type of game

  • Leazes.

    Lets see that bonehead from Ashington make up a song about this one.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      who`s that ?

      • Leazes.

        Have a look on the chronicle site…. there’s an idiot who has written a song for the prolific goal scoring ace that is Rondon!

        Happy Clappy not too bright!

        • Jimblag23

          It is cringeworthy as anything but annoyingly catchy.

          🎶 Rafa brought in Rondon, did a deal with West Brom, grab yourself a goal son 🎶

          • Jezza

            You’d have thought somebody would have come up with a more onvious and indeed more saucy word to rhyme with Rondon.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s the rhyming word your dad should of used for you

          • Tweed Mag

            Just a bit of a laugh.

    • Peaky

      Steve Harmison…..? Couldn’t resist coming out of self imposed exile for that one…..I’m away again….

  • Milburn_Taylor

    Good grief, is Ashley trying to relegate us. something needs to be done about him and fast.

    • Steven05

      Sadly too many people think there’s nothing we can do

      Those people are wrong

      • Guest

        Have you never thought that maybe people just have very busy lives and don’t have time, and when people do get spare time we have alot better things to be doing.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          it doesn’t take any time at all to not buy something from SD or to not go to games at SJP…

          • Guest

            Why should people not go the match?

          • mentalman

            Nufc fans make up a small portion of SD sales and even then a lot won’t be able to afford not to shop there.

            You’ve also got the fact that SD have pretty much cornered the sports shop market and in a lit of towns they are the only option

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            Yes, it will probably be difficult. Better to just do nothing then and b!tch about it on the internet.

          • Ben Jones

            Preferably not b¡tch too, and give us all a bit of peace and unity

          • mentalman

            Has anything changed since you started your boycott of SD and the games

          • TheFatController

            The number of people joining him in the last few weeks might have changed ?

          • TheFatController

            Yes, agreed – all the more reason for everyone to clog up all their social media channels with bad publicity

            As its difficult to have an impact, we all each need to do more not less.

            I take your point it may not impact at all, but from Mandela down all protesters get told they’ll not change anything.

            He just needs to decide to sell, the wheels can fall off easily at our place and then we always get relegated. The trick is to make him fear relegation and a failure to return first time.

            We control team performance. Look what happened at that Hull game after Keegan. That’s power. He fears that the most.

    • TheFatController

      Just hammer SD on social media, or his other brands.

      Shareholders hold the key – no pun intended !

      • drc74

        hes just been caught lying again from the ASA, not having a good week is sluggworth, lmao

      • mentalman

        What can the shareholders do

        • TheFatController

          They lose dividends as the mike Ashley companies lose money due to bad publicity and social media sites shut down, losing a cheap massage media channel that seeks for them.

          They then complain that the ownership of Newcastle is harming their investment value and dividend returns.

          Ashley is then pressured to make a decision between free publicity or free social media channels for advertising and selling. Plus all the loss of orders due to people made aware that mike Ashley owns plenty of retailers alongside SD and refusing to buy off companies that mistreat staff.

          You don’t have to work in retail media for 25 years to know the value of social media to a retailer, but I have done and the value is massively high.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Only 29 more hours to go before Mike can get his hands on all that transfer cash he’s made. I bet he’s on tenterhooks with all these stories coming out, threatening to bite into his lovely lolly.
    “Oooh Charners, I can’t stand much more of this. I’m going to vomit into someone’s fireplace.”

  • Billmag

    Howay man Penfold needs 6 months notice to get a deal done.

  • Leicester Mag

    Ironically saw a Valenciennes game last year while in France – standard pretty dire 1st / 2nd division. no idea regards this player but as others have said one for the future.

  • Big Hairy Man

    If this is one of the 3 signings Rafa has been given the “green light” for according to the Ronnie Gill then god help us. I won’t be surprised to see Lascelles taking a helicopter ride tomorrow.

  • Mxpx

    I know nothing about him but am sensing a 5 year contract for him on bigger wages than any other club will match followed by a golden handshake in 3 years although hope I’m wrong

  • MadMag83

    So we’re back to looking for bargains in France, anyone still got Graham Carr’s number? You’ll not buy anything decent for that sort of cash in today’s transfer market, lucky if he’s got two legs! May as well give our own kids a chance.

  • Mike

    one for the future ha ha ha pathetic

  • Vodkamagpie

    Saw him on you tube, not impressed. Same feeling I had when we bought sels

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Great judge of a player Dennis Wise

      • Vodkamagpie

        I really disliked Des Hamilton

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Racist scum

          • Vodkamagpie

            You pathetic

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Me not.

            You racist.

            You thick

          • Vodkamagpie

            Name me solano’s squad numbers he had at Newcastle, without looking it up

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Will that somehow balance out the universe or rationalise your disgusting attitude towards Des the god Hamilton ?

  • Awaymag

    Apparently this story is horsepoo

  • Wezza

    “now on meeting Valenciennes’ valuation.”

    That’s that then.

  • Down Under Mag

    So anyone else a little worried that we’re in for two central defenders? This has all the hallmarks of an Ashley 11th hour sale and we know who that will be.

  • Philippines

    Strange that we sign a young midfielder at not so much difference in price as we let a young striker go for….. a position we are in need of.

  • SAMTHECAT

    Can he play full back instead.