The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle have had an interest for over a year in 19 year-old French midfielder Plaisir Bahamboula.
Newcastle scouts are understood to have been in Paris yesterday to check out teenage French striker Plaisir Bahamboula, who playing for Sochaux against Metz in the final of the Gambardella Cup, at the Stade de France.
The Gambardella Cup is similar to England’s FA Youth Cup, and there were apparently lots of scouts present to check out the youngsters.
And it seems that Newcastle have been trailing this player for at least a year, at least according to the youngster himself.
“I was very interested by England, and it remains my favourite destination because it is the championship I like most.”
“Newcastle came to see me play at Wembley at an international game in which I shone and scored.” “They also repeatedly spoke to my family.”
Obviously if Newcastle sign the youngster he will be one for the future, but it seems the club’s scouting network is keeping tabs on lots of players, and this is the first time we’ve been linked publicly with Bahamboula.
We cannot find too much information about this player, since he still seems to be part of the Youth set- up at his club, but he is listed as a midfielder on the Sochaux web-site.
Plaisir was born on 8th January, 1991 in Corbeil and it appears that Manchester City are also interested in the youngster.
If there are any French readers who know about this player let us know what he’s like – but we know he has played for the French U18 side.