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 â€“ one of senior players and one of youngsters.
Kevin Keegan will be watching some of the players on the list that he hasnâ€™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.