The local Sunday Sun is reporting this morning that Newcastle are looking at a post-deadline day capture of 19-year-old attacking French midfielder Nacim Boukhelifa.
Nacim Boukhelifa – at Benton training ground – attacking midfielder
The former Racing Lens player is a free agent right now, and can be signed at any time, since the player is basically out of a job.
Nacim is currently training with Newcastle’s development squad, and the club could sign the player permanently, if he impresses on Tyneside.
Nacim would be one of the players who are signed when they are young and good, and have time to improve on Tyneside under the guidance of the Newcastle coaching staff.
It would be much like 19 year-old Jóhan Símun Edmundsson, from the Faroe Islands, who was also signed as a free agent this summer, after spending time at the club since last January.
Boukhelifa turned down an offer at Lens after becoming a key member of their youth side, and was on trial at Manchester City earlier in the summer, but the Eastlands club did not pick him up.
Newcastle were reported to be one of many Premier League clubs interested in the player earlier this summer, after the 19-year-old fired Lens to the French Youth League title.
It seems that Nacim, like Ben Arfa, wants to play in England, and Newcastle are taking a closer look at the teenager on Tyneside, and the club, always after a good bargain, can pick him up for nothing.
Chris Hughton told the Sunday Sun:
“He is a lad that we’ve got on trial at the moment, and he is training with the development squad,”
“We’re taking a closer look at him and if he is good enough, then we’ll assess the situation.” “At the moment we’re keeping an eye on him and seeing how he progresses.”
“What will happen at development level throughout the season is that we will have promising players in on trial, and the young French lad is one of those that we’ve decided to take a look at.”
We like to read these stories, because it seems Newcastle are after top young players, and it also seems that the squad is being continually improved, and new signings are already being lined up for January.
This lad of course can be signed at any time, because he is a free agent.