Newcastle Sign 18 year-old French Striker

There is news in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle United have signed Wesley Ngo Baheng, an 18 year old striker from Le Havre, the French second division side.

Of course we did sign Charles N’Zogbia from Le Havre 3 years ago but that transfer became very protracted and has only recently been resolved.

Let’s see what we know about this deal, which at the moment is not too much.


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The N’Zogbia transfer seems to have prevented Charles playing for the French youth sides although immediately after the settlement with Le Havre the Zog was capped by the France Under-21 side at the last international break.

We do not have much information on Wesley Ngo Baheng, and if he is indeed signed we would expect some news from Newcastle United on this. The Mail is reporting that it’s done deal and that a compensation package with Le Havre has already been agreed.

Once we get more information on the player we’ll publish it.

But this is exactly what we’d like to see, since our strategy now is to bring in young players from around the world, before they become famous. Of course it’s not easy to pick winners all the time but it’s good to see us getting some youngsters into the club.

It is expected that Wesley will join the club in January, during the next transfer window. But we’ll look for news from the club to validate this.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • gordon

    Oct 11, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Whats that film called P’tang Yang Kipper Baheng.

  • Hammy

    Oct 11, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    You would have thought after the Zog saga Le Havre would want nothing to do with Nufc, we muct have an insider there if we are managing to poach, er I mean persuade their top young talent to the toon.

    How come Wenger hasn’t been sniffing around…he has a tremendous scouting network and I’d be surprised if he hasn’t heard about this kid already.

  • Rob kirton

    Oct 11, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I am waiting for the story to be refuted in tomorrows press, possibly The Sun.

    “Le Havre tell Toon to Go Hang over Ngo Baheng”

  • Hammy

    Oct 11, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4


    I’ve been on Le Havre’s web site…..nothing on this whizz kid, however a very interesting post on Le Zog on Le Havre’s forum which has … streams.

    C’mon Ed can’t let the Frenchies out-do this excellent site. Anyway here is Le Zog’s blog:

    Lu sur le site off, le TAS donne raison au HAC dans l’affaire N’Zogbia…
    Le Hac devrait récupérer des dommages et intérêts dans les 900 000 €.
    C’est une bonne nouvelle, surtout pour les clubs formateurs.
    Ca va peut être donner moins de vélléités aux petits jeunes qui se la pètent…

    Maintenant, reste à savoir si Newsastle et N’Zogbia peuvent avoir des recours pour faire appel… Et comment le HAC peut récupérer cette somme…

    Des eclaircissements s’imposent.

    As you can see they are far from happy about it………

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 11, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Hammy – I saw that too – had the pages translated and there were a few comments from Le Havre fans – who were not happy if he is leaving – I guess that’s good for us?

  • Bill F

    Oct 11, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Hammy, very surreal 🙂

  • Nathan

    Oct 11, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Le Havre seem to have a good youth system

    Lassana Diarra was from there too (unless I am mistaken)

    This is really encouraging, hope to see more of these deals poppuing up in the future

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 11, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    This kid looks promising, he was scouted by Chelsea by from the controversy that Le Havre cause they decided not to pursue him. From pictures ive seen he looks about 6ft 4.

    Taxi for Ameobi.

  • leo

    Oct 11, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    taxi for ameobi is right, thank god, has the guy got pace or what? anyone have any idea?

  • Danny

    Oct 11, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi Guys,

    just checked my football manager 2008 demo, Now I know this sounds stupid but its normally very accurate with players etc.

    Wesley is 6,4 and has has a rating of 18 for acceleration and heading which is very good.

    So long story short hes very tall and very quick…not bad eh?

  • Ashton

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    He is a good player in football manager 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 11, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    It says frank wiafe danquah is 6ft 6 on FM though, and hes clearly about 5ft 10

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 11, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #13

    but Wesley did look around that from pictures.

  • Danny

    Oct 11, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree its not exactly a great source of info on the lad but its all we have to go off at the minute…

    Lets just hope we got him ahead of the bigger teams a bit like enrique…

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Sweet. Those frenchies are producing some good stock.

  • K

    Oct 12, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    i also heard Lambert is coming he is another 6 footer was in the world news didnt say which club but said he is linked 2 newcastle???? midfielder or something???


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