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Newcastle defender nears exit door with deal in the 'advanced stages'

Chancel Mbemba could be on the move
Chancel Mbemba could be on the move

Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba is nearing a move away from Tyneside - with a European giant keen on securing his signature.

The 23-year-old, who moved to St James's Park in 2015, has been attracting plenty of interest this summer after Rafa Benitez deemed him surplus to requirements.

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But despite speculation linking him to Celtic and Anderlecht this summer, Mbemba looks likely to make the move to Porto instead.

Reports in Belgium suggest that the Portuguese champions have emerged as frontrunners for the centre back's signature and a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours.

Former club Anderlecht were extremely keen to re-sign Mbemba but now state that the deal has become 'impossible'.

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Porto are said to be in the advanced stages of negotiation with Newcastle, meaning that Mbemba could be on the move soon.