Newcastle After 18 Year-Old French Defender

Setanta Sports is reporting today that Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has been scouted by Newcastle United.

Mamadou Sakho – signs professional forms – been at PSG since 11 years old

Mamadou Sakho was born in Paris in February, 1990 and captained PSG at the young age of 17, a French record, and he has also captained the French Under-17 side. He joined PSG at the tender young age of 11 years old and has been there ever since.

Mamadou has just turned 18 years old, and could well be one of the youngsters Newcastle bring in during the summer to add to the 5 top class teenagers the Tyneside club signed in January.

There are really two lists that have been drawn up by Recruitment Directors Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez – one of senior players and one of youngsters.

Kevin Keegan will be watching some of the players on the list that he hasn’t seen, and we think this report on Sakho is right in line with the new youth policy that Chairman Chris Mort has created.

Kevin Keegan said:

“As far as their list goes, we’ll be flying off over the next three or four weeks to look at the players we don’t know,”

“We know their names but there are one or two on the list from Dennis that I haven’t seen play.”

Some of the youngsters Newcastle will sign will of course go straight into the first team squad, and we expect Mamadou would be one of those, and he will be joined by some of the teenagers who joined the club in January.

The most likely to join the first team squad in August seems to be Tamas Kadar, the Hungarian 18 year old center back, Ben Tozer, our 18 year English left back, signed from Swindon Town, and Kazenga LuaLua, the 17 year-old brother of former Newcastle forward Lomana Lua Lua.. They may also be sent out on loan for 6 months.

The 18-year-old French player is rumored to be ready to move to England, although PSG are likely to resist any approaches for their promising stopper.

But in these situations, money talks and Newcastle have already had many good deals with PSG. The youngster is a left sided defender and can play as a central defender, left back or even out on the left wing.

Mamadou made his first-team debut in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup against Greek side AEK Athens in February 2007. The versatile defender made his Ligue 1 debut just four days later against AS Monaco, and he signed his first professional contract, shown above, in July 2007

Other clubs interested in the youngster, who stands just under 6’2″, include Monaco FC, Chelsea, Lazio and Sparta Praha.

Comments welcome.

80 comments so far

  • ohh no

    Apr 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Well Chelski want him to! say good bye to that one then!!

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 28, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    n might as well get henri saivet as well.. yep itz like one of those sim FM games.. sure why not .. sergio mota renato augusto yep keep going people

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Apr 28, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #3

    please tell me wise isnt scouting players off football manager lol

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I was trying to sign him on the FM today…

    Seriously, I am not very sure about this guy. Defender is, possibly, the position that experience counts most in football. Well, despite managers and coachs…etc…

    But I wouldn’t mind if he does come! It’s always good to have someone promising at the club.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry but no way. Not with a hairstyle like that.

    Gallas disease is spreading.

  • Robert from Serbia

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #6

    hes good in fm,i signed him,Saivet,Lulinha,Bojan and Renato Augusto,all of them are good 😛

  • ToonKing

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #7

    never seen or heard of this guy……..

  • Alex

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Well Nzogbia wants a move, how about trying a swap deal.

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    would be a quality job if he did.. getz a million a year for playing fm.. what a job.. although not good for us

  • Newcastle United.

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Im sick of Newcastle signing people no-one has ever heard of. They’re clearly not good enough if we havn’t heard of them, My opinion.

  • toonbarmy

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Sounds good for future!

    But he has a buy out clause of 23 million euros according to Wikipedia. That would be a lot of money for an 18 year old. Could get him cheaper if PSG are relegated though.

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I am afraid his price is inflated by the FM effects. No 18 year old worths that much in real life, is there?

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13

    This guy is an amazing prospect. My friend is from France and supports PSG and told me about this rumour and according to him this younster is one of the most promising defender to emerge from france in many years. There is only one problem which I think might be the pricetag.

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Problem is that not many top defenders have a 23m buy out clause. Of course, it doesn’t mean he would actually cost 23m. but it’s a good indicator of the price…I would say let it go if it is anything near the amount.

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle United – he’s one for the future and just turned 18 – we’d be surprised if you heard of him at that age. He’s one for the future – look at all the “unknown” youngsters Arsenal signed in the last few years – and now look where they are.

  • the only patient toon army

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #16

    please don’t simply sign just for the sake of itt must be proven star into making otherwise there is n o point in signing them. For me Dennis wise , listen here you are doing nothing much thus far. You must start working hard to make up for the last minute demise’s of modric’s transfer. Otherwise, toon army won’t be smiling at you and will give you a whipping.. All we want is world class players.
    1. dunne
    2. curtis davies
    3. diego
    4. cuellar
    5. deco
    6. XABI ALONSO!!!!

  • Dave

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Haha, very strange, I just made this lad captain of the toon on Footy Manager!

    Very good prospect supposedly.

  • Hadji

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United….Have you ever heard about Vidic before he signed for Man Utd.Thats the whole point,how could you hear about this guy when he’s only 18.

  • Leo

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #19

    its so funny when people wingh that we are looking at players who they have not heard of, do you think maybe that newcastle have a more vast knowledge of football players than we do….

    the guy from the picture looks big and strong, we need that, french defenders are usually good in the premiership. hopefully he will be as good as sylvan distin, and if we get him hopefully we wont loose him…

  • Spyro

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #20

    “Im sick of Newcastle signing people no-one has ever heard of. They’re clearly not good enough if we havn’t heard of them, My opinion.”

    That has got to be one of the most ridiculous statements i have heard in ages. lol.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #21

    i suggest people have a look on youtube, just a little of taster of what he is like.

  • valle

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #22

    He looks mean!!! lol… Im sure his height and strenght coupled with that much exp at such a young age is worth noticing whether you know him or not… Go for him, get him playing with Kadar and Tozer and we have a backline with quality in a coule of seasons.

  • Jamie G

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #23

    I hate to add to keegan’s analogies that he was making today about transfer targets, but if u dont plant the seeds, nothing will grow, so i think we should try and get quite a few of these top class youngsters to try and help the club grow..

    I dont know about u guys, but i would personally hate to see us spend stupid money on players like crouch and ashton who are no better that what we’ve already got.
    we need a centre back (cuellar/dunne), a left back (riise/bridge) and a creative mid/playmaker. if we have money left over or sell nzogbia i think aiden mcgeady looks fantastic and would be awsome.

  • marat18

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #24

    nice to know that spurs are not interested 🙂

  • whitey

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25

    rather ironic that we are being linked with so many youngsters given keegans opinions on anything other than the first team when he was last in charge. i like the two list idea, shows good planning and vision for the future, gutted about modric, them dam yids. great idea to invest in youth, well it worked for wenger and fergy and im sure it will work for us. Given the quality of the youngins weve signed already i think we need to trust the decisions of jiminez and wise if we bring this player in.

  • Nick C

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Jamie, I don’t know how u can say Ashton is average. I think he looks a class centre forward. My only concern about him would be his injury record. And Crouch might not be everyones cup of tea but again, I think he could bring a lot to NUFC.

  • ToonDaft

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    end of the day, Crouch rarely fails to play well, he is a threat and he scores goals – lol, we could, and have in the past on many occasions, do worse then Crouch

  • scottish mag

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #28

    just because we have scouted a player doesnt mean that we will go for them or if we do get them, there is no actual news to say we are going to bid and it just reminds me of the headline ” modric deal done and dusted” that one was true wasnt it, for spurs

  • Ian_McP

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #29

    did he captain the U17’s because surely its impossible for a 17yr old to captain the senior team?

  • JJ

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Actually guys, I find FM has really good scouts.
    Teves, Ronaldo, Riquelme, Rooney, all these guys I heard about first on FM. Dont slate it too much.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Ian – He captained the senior PSG team, Paul Le Guen got a lot of stick for it.

  • JJ

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #32

    My top four realistic signings would be:

    1 Veluso (creative DM who passes like a dream)
    2 Crouch (would be great in Vudukas role)
    3 Cuellar (looks great to me)
    4 Bridge (to bomb down left ala Beye)

    One more signing would be a player to play in Owens role:

    1 Gudjohnsen
    2 Arshavin
    3 Or that lad Tom Toons always points out

  • Ian_McP

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #33

    well i find it incredible that he was captain sooo young but at least he could be another one of keegans “leaders”.
    btw how much does this guy look like the old wwe wrestler VISCERA
    I just had to share that!

  • Ian_McP

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    well im glad we’ll be buying another “leader” for keegan.
    btw how much does this guy look like VISCERA the old wwe wrestler!!

    just had to share that

  • ToonDaft

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #35

    JJ as at least somewhat of a point here however silly it may initially sound – i have also heard of several players on FM before hand, most notably Messi!!! they do have a very extensive scouting network there

  • Ian_McP

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #36

    he looks like the old wwe wrestler viscera! any one else see it?

  • chuck

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Have to agree with JJ good players all, even to get one or two would be a coup.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 28, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    if you look at the research credits on FM options you will see just how wide a search they do over 5000 ppl working for them from everywhere and each is responsible for players in that region, and they are constantly watching first team and youth matches to get an idea about stats for next year and scout reports on FM like i say in 2005 tevez and robinho upfront not bad eh due to scouting

  • Leo

    Apr 28, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #40

    has anyone seen this on

    Word from The Sun, who reckon that Newcastle want to supplement their already unusually strong defence by signing Man Citeh bruiser Richard Dunne in the summer.

    The paper claims Dunne would set them back £6million, and if that comes off then Keggy would allow Abdoulaye Faye to join Blackburn. Lucky them.

    As an aside, there is a wonderful ‘no s**t’ moment, as they comment on Keggy’s annoyance at missing out on Luka Modric:

    ‘There are rumours Modric also turned down Newcastle because Spurs offered better personal terms’ reveals The Sun. Really?

    seriously? get rid of faye!!!! he is our best defender in my opinion, i will be truelly gutted if he leaves!!!!!!!


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