Setanta Sports is reporting today that Tunisian star Armine Chermiti has caught the interest of Newcastle United scouts.
Armine Chermiti – 19 year-old Tunisia forward
The 19 year-old forward scored 12 goals for Etoile du Sahel in the African Champions League last season, and it is being reported that his club displays have duly impressed Newcastle United.
Chermiti played well for Tunisia in the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, and it known that Kevin Keegan has been very impressed with both the professionalism and skillful play of his current African quartet, Beye, Faye, Geremi and Martins, who are all in the first team under Kevin.
Hertha Berlin are also said to be interested in the forward and there could therefore be a battle for his signature.
In his first full season with Etoile du Sahel, he scored 12 goals, and broke into the Tunisian national team, scoring on his international debut.
He is reported to be very raw, but his talents are clearly visible. Armine is said to have electric pace and a good touch, although he isn’t an out-and-out striker.
The youngster is said to have good awareness and a great attitude, but he’s not the biggest or strongest of players at 5’9″, and that may be a handicap in the English Premier league.
We’ll just have to see if anything comes of this, but Armine is in line with youngsters owner Mike Ashley wants to recruit for the future at Newcastle.