The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle United are in an argument over their young Irish player, Stephen Folan.
Stephen Folan – Newcastle in dispute with two former clubs
It seems that the Newcastle club are being reported to FIFA by two League of Ireland clubs, who are seeking total compensation of £80K for the 18 year-old midfielder/defender, whom Newcastle signed back in July of 2008.
Apparently the Magpies have refused to negotiate any deal with Galway-based Mervue United and Salthill Devon, two of Stephen’s former clubs, after signing the Galway-born 6’1″ player.
Folan joined Mervue when he was just 10 years old and left five years later, and he then joined Galway Hibernians before moving to Salthill.
But Galway Hibernians are not pursuing any claim against Newcastle.
A FIFA spokesman said that they could not comment on the matter, as proceedings were ongoing, and the Newcastle club also did not comment.
Stephen made five appearances for the Ireland U15 side in the Umbro Cup, and apparently his favorite player is Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.
Folan made his Newcastle Reserve team debut in the 2 – 1 defeat at Wigan on 7th October 2008, and scored his first goal for Newcastle in the match against Sheffield Wednesday on 31st October of 2009.
The youngster is now in his third season in the Newcastle Academy.