Curious Tale of Newcastle’s New Signing Wesley Baheng

The Sunday Sun is reporting today some bizarre news on Newcastle’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 youngster’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 N’Zogbia after 3 years of haggling. They now claim that Baheng – then a 17 year-old – traveled to England without the club’s permission last January, to have a trial at Bolton. Apparently Wesley told them he was going to visit his estranged father.

Baheng didn’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 Baheng’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 Baheng’s agent of putting Baheng’s “physical and moral integrity in danger”

Louvel said:

“We have a responsibility to the young people we train, and we had given this player’s mother our word we would look after him”

“This youngster returned to us shocked. He felt betrayed.”

Louvel has said he will take Baheng’s case to the French footballing authorities in order “to get the support of other French clubs to strike a blow against the swindlers”.

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 wouldn’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 – fans can be sure of that.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • leo

    Oct 14, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds like he has had a bit of a rough time, hopefully we can polish this lad up to make a gem

  • Alex

    Oct 14, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    If he is so talented then how come he has not made a single apperance for Le Havre? I know he is young ,but if he is that good you would have thought they would have give him a game.

  • Lull

    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Good question Alex.

  • Graham

    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    We wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle skipper Geremi appoints himself to be mentor of young Wesley – Neither would I as he seems to take everything else onto his shoulders, from throw ins to free kicks and corners. I’m dreading us giving a penalty away as he’ll be after Shays gloves!

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Alex – we’ll see but Sam doesn’t bring in rubbish.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 14, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Graham 😀 well that’s what a captain does I suppose.

  • Graham

    Oct 14, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Your right Ed, it is. But there’s nothing wrong with a little imagination and mixing things up every now and then…

  • Jinal

    Oct 14, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey Ed, heres a pic of this mysterious lad incase you are searching for one.


  • Sinead

    Oct 14, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Aw, God love him. Doesn’t sound as if he’s had the best of cards dealt to him in life.

  • Hammy

    Oct 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Graham, nice one…………Geremi probably dishes out all the food at the training ground canteen too.

  • Matt

    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Re: appearance for le havre…. how many appearances did wor charlie make before we snatched him?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #12

    0 🙂

  • Jinal

    Oct 15, 2007 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Tom Toon, do you have a source?

  • Doctapaul

    Oct 15, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #14

    “physical and moral integrity in danger”

    He hasn’t been mentored by Dyer has he?

    With a name like Wesley – and there were a lot of Wesleyans in Geordieland in years gone by – I’m hoping he can avoid the bling and stay straight.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 15, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    We bout him as a youth

  • ssdd

    Oct 15, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    if he do well at Newcastle and become world class player, his story should appear as a movie~

  • Len

    Oct 16, 2007 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Looks a bit like Ian Wright. I like the shirt. And Zog made a few, not sure how many, appearances at left back.

  • roxanna

    Oct 22, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Wesley is one of the best player of 18 years old in France. Big Sam will be very happy with him in Newcastle


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