Sevilla seem to have joined Newcastle United in being interested in Auxerre’s impressive attacking midfielder Alain Traore, who turns 23 on December 31st.
Alain Tarore – Newcastle interested?
The 22 year-old started his career at Planete Champion in 2004 before joining Auxerre one year later, and there was also news in talksport about two weeks ago, that Newcastle were keenly interested in signing the player in January and negotiations were even at an advanced stage.
The 5’10″ midfielder made his first team debut for Auxerre back in 2006, and he came through the French side’s youth academy and is a tough tackling youngster who fits perfectly the type of young player Mike Ashley wants to bring to Tyneside.
Alain has played 15 times for the Burkina Faso National side, but the news is that he may struggle to get a work permit to play in England.
That was the case when he went for trials at Manchester United five years ago and the Red Devils wanted to sign him at that time, but had difficulty getting a work permit.
However, now that he is an International player, that may alleviate the situation and certainly he seems pleased with the interest being shown by these two clubs:
“It’s a pleasure to know that these clubs are following me”, “But at this time, that’s just a secondary thing.”
Auxerre are struggling this season and are currently 5th bottom of the French League just one point above the relegation zone with 15 points from their 15 games played.
Alain has now played a total of 56 times for Auxerre with 18 goals, since joining them six years ago from his local club Planete Champion, and this season he has 7 goals in 14 total appearances for the French side.
From what we can ell this lad looks a good player, and it’s Chief Scout Graham Carr who has been tracking him for Newcastle.