Newcastle are attempting to complete a deal for Chancel Mbemba.
A deal for Mbemba has been in the pipeline since last week, but Newcastle have stalled the deal until they are given clarification about the defender’s work permit chances, according to the Northern Echo.
The Anderlecht centre-back is the centre of an £8 million bid from the Magpies, and it is stated that the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal for the 20-year-old.
However, the Tyneside club do not want to see through the deal until they know Mbemba will be granted a work permit to move to England.
The regulations concerning work permits were changed by the English FA earlier this year, making in harder for players to move to England if they come from a country which is outside of the top 50 FIFA rated nations.
Despite Mbemba’s young age, he is a fully-capped international for DR Congo, with 17 appearances to his name. Over the past year he has established himself as a key player, and featured in every minute of the 2015 AFCON tournament, as Congo finished in third place.
Despite their placing outside the top 50, Mbemba could be granted an exception permit, as he is a key player for his nation, who is an outstanding case due to his young age and potential.
He is the kind of player that should still be allowed through the regulations as he is a player who will improve the quality of the Premier League, and the Magpies should face no trouble in signing the talent centre-back.