News today that Newcastle may be after Cameroon international Achille Emana Edzimbi – better known as Achille Emana, or just Emana.
Achille Emana – highly rated 25 year-old attacking midfielder at Toulouse
Emana is said to be a target for lots of clubs across Europe, after having impressed for Toulouse since 2001. He has appeared 226 times for the French club and scored 28 goals.
The 25-year-old is highly rated as an attacking midfielder, and reports are that both Premier league clubs Newcastle United and West Ham have been keeping tabs on the Cameroon international.
Newcastle scouts are said to have watched Emana in action against Bordeaux over the weekend. With Newcastle already having four Africans in their first team in Martins, Faye, Beye and fellow Cameroon International Geremi – it could be an attractive destination for Emana.
And Newcastle’s new manager Kevin Keegan has already praised his African contingent, not only for their good play and work rate, but also for their overall professionalism at the club. They are all now designated African Geordies and Lamine Ditta, the Senegal captain, is also currently on the books until the end of the season.
Portsmouth were interested in bringing the player to England a couple of seasons back but that move never materialized. Spanish clubs Sevilla and Almeria and Italian clubs Fiorentina and Udinese are also believed to be tracking Emana and are reported to be readying offers for the player in the summer.
But reports suggest he would like to move to the Premier League and with Newcastle having fellow Cameroon star Geremi at the club, that could prove to be an advantage.
Toulouse are likely to value the player at around Â£6M, and if Newcastle are indeed interested, we would expect the club to move quickly for the 5’11” midfield star.
Emana will certainly get glowing references from Newcastle’s African contingent about the Tyneside club, the fantastic supporters and manager Kevin Keegan and his staff – if not the weather. Well it’s hard to have everything. 😀
We think EmanaÂ would be a good buy if he’s anything like the African players we already have at the club.
What do you think?