20 year-old Guingamp striker/winger Anthony Knockaert is saying that Newcastle are interested in signing him.
Anthony Knockaert – Newcastle interested in 20 year-old
Guingamp play in the second division of the French league, and he has played 22 games for them this season with 5 goals and 3 assists.
Guincamp won promotion from the Championnat National (3rd division) following the 2010–11 season.
The striker is 5’9″ tall and is a French U20 International, having appeared 9 times with 5 goals, and it is claimed Newcastle have been watching him for a number of months now, and we first reported on the Magpies interest in early December.
The Frenchman can play either a striker or on either wing, and he has told FootMercato Newcastle are talking to his agent:
“They are in touch with my agent.” “Now, I take care of my own work and nothing else.”
“My agent does not put all that in my mind so I can continue to work in the best way.”
“I do my job, many young people take it too seriously.” “Yes, sure it’s flattering,”
“But I will not give up until one day I am at the highest level. But now I work for the team.”
Knockaert could be one of the young players that Newcastle could sign in January, rather than waiting for the summer, and the lad admits he would love to follow players such as former Guingamp stars Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda to England.
“I always look to such examples, it helps me move forward,”
Newcastle will continue to bring in some good youngsters to the club as their top scouting network, under Chief Scout Graham Carr, scours Europe, and especially France, for top young players.
Newcastle scouts were in attendance at the weekend to see Knockaert play for Guingamp in their French Cup match with Le Mans.
The 20-year-old’s contract runs out in 2013 and and it’s not clear whether the Tyneside club will sign the youngster now for a small fee, or wait until his contract runs out, like Newcastle did with Mehdi Abeid.
We have a feeling Knockaert will be joining Newcastle, either this week or in the summer, and the club will not wait for that contract running out.