Newcastle United have reached a pre-contract agreement with French club Le Havre for 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng and he will move to St James’ Park in January. The Northern Echo is reporting this story today and it certainly looks to be more official than when we reported it a couple of days ago.
Wesley will follow in the footsteps of Magpies midfielder Charles N’Zogbia, who also left Le Havre as an 18 year-old in August 2004.
If Wesley is anything like Charles then Newcastle will have a winner on their hands.
Geremi – Newcastle captain will probably take young Wesley under his wing
Baheng’s move should be more straight-forward than N’Zogbia’s turned out, since both clubs have already agreed a compensation package prior to the opening of the January transfer window. This is good in many respects because we shouldn’t be waiting until the transfer window opens before making our moves, and it also shows the two clubs have patched up their differences over the dispute surrounding Charles, which is really good.
Baheng joined Le Havre as a trainee in 1999, and is regarded as one of the rising stars of French football and will easily fit in at St. Jamesâ€™ Park since we already have N’Zogbia, Habib Beye, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi all with French as their first language. This will help Wesley get acclimatized quickly at the club.
Newcastle captain Geremi, who took N’Zogbia under his wing in the summer to great effect, is likely to adopt a similarly paternal role with Baheng. This shows just how close knit the Newcastle squad is becoming under Big Sam, and it can only be good for the club’s longer term future.
Geremi talked about Newcastleâ€™s form so far this season and seems very positive:
“I think we are getting better all the time, even though we are still inconsistent away from home,” “I think we will be in the top six by the New Year because we are improving every month.â€
“It is difficult because the manager has brought in a lot of good, young players and some experienced ones, but this will take a bit of time to settle down. When we do, I believe we have a very good squad which is capable of getting into the top six.”
It’s good to see young good players being recruited by the club. Bear in mind Wesley only turned 18 last month. However, when N’Zogbia came in 2004 only 5 months older than what Wesley is now, he immediately was challenging for a first team spot – and we had a good team under Bobby Robson at the time. Cannot wait to see young Wesley Ngo Baheng in action.