Newcastle are continuing their search for young talent to bring to Newcastle this summer.
Dennis Wise – a busy man
Dennis Wise is our chief Recruitment Director, and he has to be given credit for the way he has tied up Jonas Gutierrez yesterday, with not a hint of the signing being leaked in the least.
Dennis has come in for some criticism from Newcastle fans, but that’s probably unfair because we don’t know yet the types of players Newcastle will bring in this summer.
Also, like most other clubs, Newcastle have only just started their transfer business, now that the fabulous Euro 2008 games have finally completed.
However, it doesn’t look like Pablo Aimer will be signed, as we had hoped earlier this morning, at least not yet, and maybe at 28 years old, he’s considered just too old. We would love to see this Argentine still sign for the club.
News from the Evening Chronicle today that two Levski Sofia youngsters Ivan Stoyanov and Ivan Goranov will be visiting Newcastle, ahead of pre-season training, so the club can take a good look at them. That sounds good.
A statement on the Bulgarian clubâ€™s official website said today:
â€œTwo players of PFC Levski Youth Academy Ivan Stoyanov and Ivan Goranov, fly to England on 5 July to join Newcastle United for one month of pre-season preparation.â€œ
“The trip is organized with the recommendation and assistance of the Newcastle scouting coach Vic Halom, who has lived in Bulgaria in the last few years.â€
So the boys, who were both born in 1992, so are around 16 years old, will be training at Newcastle for a full month, and then after that presumably the club will decide whether to sign them.
Newcastle are building a formidable scouting network, with Newcastle scouts now covering most of the world, scouring their particular geographies for new young talent.
We think it’s a terrific strategy, and something we should have started years ago, but it’s never too late to start such a good thing.
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