Football News understands that Premier League side Newcastle United have agreed a pre-contract in principle with young St Étienne centre back Nathan Dekoké.
Our colleagues at France Football reported last week that Newcastle were negotiating to sign the player on a free transfer in June 2014 when Dekoké’s contract expires with St Étienne. Dekoké’s representatives have managed to agree a rough contract in principle for the player to sign in June but the deal is far from complete.
The player has yet to decide whether or not he will at first consider St Étienne’s proposed contract extension or indeed if he will wait for any other interest to appear for his services.
Nothing has been agreed by Dekoké in terms of a contract, merely a provisional contract has been drawn up and the player and his agents are satisfied with those provisional terms.
If Dekoké gives Newcastle the all clear and agrees to join them for next season the Premier League side will still have to agree on the amount of compensation they pay St Étienne for the player, who is barely an adult.
More undoubtedly to follow in the coming days.