Newcastle United are reported to be on the trail of young French striker Jimmy Briand who turned 22 years old last August.
Apparently Newcastle scouts have watched the Stade Rennais starlet on several occasions this season, with a view to bringing the Frenchman to Tyneside, probably in the January transfer window.
This is in line with Chairman Mort’s strategy of finding future stars and bringing them to Newcastle while they are still in their development as young players.
Jimmy Briand – tall Rennais striker with superb speed
As usual it seems that manager Sam Allardyce was tracking Briand while he was at Bolton. Briand is 5â€™ 11â€ tall and has a physical presence combined with excellent speed. Newcastle need another front man to share the load with Mark Viduka, since it appears the opportunity for Ameobi at Newcastle is rapidly diminishing.
Oba Martins will be away on African Nations Cup duty in January it would appear that a move for Briand in January makes a lot of sense. Jimmy recently signed a new contract with Stade Rennais and is their top scorer this season with just 3 goals. Briand has played for Rennes a total of 81 times and scored 13 goals for the French club. He came into the limelight last season at Rennes with then partner John Utaka, who moved to Portsmouth in the summer.
Jimmy Briand was born on August 2, 1985 in Vitry-sur-Seine, France has also played for the French Under-21 team. Jimmy received his first call-up to the senior France National Team in May of this year, for the June European qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.
Briand is tipped to be one of France’s top strikers of the future, and his playing style has drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry, now at Barecelona. Other clubs, including Arsenal (of course), Saint-Ã‰tienne, Portsmouth and Lens are said to be interested in the striker.