Newcastle Deal Done for 18 year-old French Striker


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.

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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. James’ 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 Newcastle’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.”

“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.

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9 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s great seeing Mort’s plans already taking effect, i’m really happy that we are pursuing these young players, the more we bring in the higher our chances are that a few of them will turn out winners.

    Allegedly we also have 16 year goalkeeper Esben Højmark on a trial and also that left back Krul from Real Madrid on the shortlist so things are looking good.

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  • toonfan1

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    this lad looks great and i hope he does well at the club. does anyone know if le havre are our feeder team where we have first option on any of there players. if not then we should as this team look like they have some quality youngsters and if we recruit young and talented players, dare i say it- we could find the next fabregas or n’zogbia and i think this is the best way forward, not recruiting big names who come for money but youngsters who come for first team football and want the chance to play in the best league in the world so well done big sam- i hope u carry on recruit great youngsters. also could this signal the end of ameobi? i sure hope so!!!

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Toon king where is this information from because im very interested to know?

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    cheers toon king, that krol looks promising but with him and enrique will big Sam see it as too much of youth and lack of experience. However i’d love us to sign him for a small fee

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #6

    krol is 6ft tall

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 13, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    why have these le havre players always got nutty names?!!

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  • Luke

    Oct 13, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #8

    “you daft racist” — alan patridge

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  • StevieA

    Oct 13, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Some parts of france had a lot of family’s coming in from Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria and places like that. Usually in the ghetto areas, the kids usually try and become footballers to get out of the poverty. That’s why their are so many talented young players in france. (with nutty names)

    You only have to look at how many players had this upbringing in france – Anelka, Thierry Henry, Viera, Diop, Drogba.. that’s just a few that have admitted they grew up in poor areas. The wages are quite low in france too compared to the premiership. Maybe it just breeds better players?

    Plus the academies too. Which they had in place long before we did.

    Hopefully this lad can come into the 1st team. I think we sometimes wait too long to blood youngsters, if they are good enough play them in home games.

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