The Sunday Sun is reporting today some bizarre news on Newcastleâ€™s recently signed striker, 18 year-old Wesley Ngo Baheng, from the French second division club Le Havre.
Apparently Sam Allardyce offered a brief trial to the player at Bolton in January.
But it turns out the youngsterâ€™s spell at the Reebok caused a mini-uproar at Le Havre and some strange goings on with his agent.
Sam Allardyce – gave trial to then 17 year-old Baheng at Bolton in January
The French Second Division club have just finished a mini-war with Newcastle United over the registration of Charles Nâ€™Zogbia after 3 years of haggling. They now claim that Baheng â€“ then a 17 year-old â€“ traveled to England without the clubâ€™s permission last January, to have a trial at Bolton. Apparently Wesley told them he was going to visit his estranged father.
Baheng didnâ€™t win a contract at Bolton but Le Havre have alleged he was abandoned by his agent, who had arranged the trial. Le Havre said Baheng then wandered the streets of Paris, which seems bizarre to say the least. Baheng was apparently found in the Paris suburb of Blanc-Mesnil by police who alerted Le Havre to his presence in Paris. A club official was then dispatched to bring the 17 year-old back from the French capital.
It turns out that the Le Havre club should have been concerned with Bahengâ€™s welfare since one of their directors was officially appointed as his guardian following the imprisonment of his mother. The plot thickens. Le Havre’s president Jean-Pierre Louvel has accused Bahengâ€™s agent of putting Bahengâ€™s â€œphysical and moral integrity in dangerâ€
â€œWe have a responsibility to the young people we train, and we had given this playerâ€™s mother our word we would look after himâ€
â€œThis youngster returned to us shocked. He felt betrayed.â€
Louvel has said he will take Bahengâ€™s case to the French footballing authorities in order â€œto get the support of other French clubs to strike a blow against the swindlersâ€.
We trust the deal with Le Havre for Baheng will go smoothly since Bolton were not at fault for the above, but only his agent. Baheng, whose family hail from Cameroon, has never appeared for the Le Havre first team. The news we reported recently is that a deal has been struck with Newcastle and Le Havre for the striker, and he will join the Tyneside club in January.
As we have already mentioned, he will be taken care of at the club, not only because of Big Sam, but also because we have N’Zogbia, Habib Beye, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi who all speak French fluently. We wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Newcastle skipper Geremi appoints himself to be mentor of young Wesley. He will be made very welcome and become quickly acclimatized at the new Newcastle United â€“ fans can be sure of that.