There are reports today in France that Newcastle are interested in signing 28 year-old Toulouse striker Fodé Mansaré.
Fode Mansare – Newcastle interested?
The Guinean striker joined Toulouse in 2005 and has played over 100 times for the French club but with only 8 goals, and has appeared in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
Before he joined Toulouse he played for French club Montpellier, whom he joined in 2003 and played over 120 times with 14 goals, so the 5’9″ player is hardly a prolific goalscorer.
He began his career with the Ajaccio, Corsica club Gazélec Ajaccio in 1996 and played for them for 7 years.
Fodé is a regular with the Guinea National team and has played 44 times for his country with 7 goals. He was part of the Guinean 2004 African Cup of Nations team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition, before losing in the quarter finals to Mali.
We wouldn’t think this story has much validity as he’s also 28 and turns 29 in early September, so he’s out of the age range of players Chris has said he will sign this summer.