Sky Sports News is reporting today that Newcastle United are again after Cameroon international midfielder Achille Emana.
Achille Emana – top Cameroon midfielder to join Tiote on Tyneside?
One disadvantage is that Emana turns 29 in early June, and that seems a bit old for the players Newcastle are trying to recruit this summer – younger players who can still improve on Tyneside.
The 28-year-old is at Real Betis, who are located in Andalusia in the south of Spain, and the club have only just promoted back to the Primera Division in Spain – they were relegated two years ago..
There is news that Emana is keen to try his luck in England, but we have no evidence of any real Newcastle interest, other than the Sky Sports report today.
Sky Sports is reporting that Everton, Tottenham, Birmingham, West Ham and Wigan have all been keeping tabs on the player, but they are reporting today that Newcastle are trying right now to strike a deal with the player’s club Real Betis.
Achille would not come too cheap, and he is valued at around £6M, but Newcastle are trying to get a better deal for the player who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Newcastle had been interested in the player three years ago, but of course he was then three years younger, so we’re not too sure of the validity of the Sky Sports report, although they have a decent track record in general.
The player is an attacking midfielder who stands just short of 6′ tall, so maybe he is the central midfield player Alan Pardew said he was trying to buy this week – that may be the case – maybe – possibly -perhaps.
The 28 year old started his career at Babimbi Douala in the Cameroon League in 1997 before moving to Valencia in Spain in 1999, where he stayed for only one year before moving to French club Toulouse ion 2000.
In July of 2008 he joined Real Betis for a fee of £5.5M, and has played around 88 times for the Spanish club hitting a good 34 goals.
While at Toulouse for 7 seasons, Achille made 231 appearances with 28 goals, and he so far has 37 caps for Cameroon with 5 goals.
Let us know what you think about this player for Newcastle.