News today that Newcastle are interested in French U19 player Yanis Bahloul.
Yanis Bahloul – 17 year-old attacking midfielder wanted by Magpies and Lazio
The 5’7″ tall 17 year-old midfielder currently plays for Ligue 2 side Sedan in France, although he has never yet played for the first team yet.
But Newcastle these days are always on the look-out for top young talent to bring to Tyneside, and France is their number one priority, with some very good French Players already at the Newcastle club.
You guessed it – Bahloul is out of contract at the end of the season – and after Graham Carr has watched him play for Sedan’s Academy and Reserve sides, it seems Newcastle want the player on Tyneside.
However, the news is that they will face tough competition from Italian side Lazio, based in Rome, and they may be ahead of Newcastle in the battle to sign the top-rated youngster.
The French Daily L’Equipe is reporting that Lazio are also willing to offer him a deal when his current contract expires on June 30th.
Bahloul plays on the right side of midfielder, and turns 18 on 12th June, and he has already turned down a chance to play for the Moroccan national side.
But it seems that Lazio are the favorites to sign the youngster, but you can never rule Newcastle out, because they are a well-supported club in France these days, having so many French players in their squad, and Yanis will be well aware of that.
L’Equipe is reporting that Lazio have invited the player to Rome, and they plan to use the visit to persuade him to join them in the summer.
We have no news on whether he will also be visiting Newcastle.
Alan Pardew is bringing two sets of players into the club this summer, those that can slip straight into the first team, and those that are ones for the future, and the Magpies are always keen to spot top young players.
Newcastle’s strategy is to bring the top youngsters to the club,and then develop them at the first class facilities that Newcastle now have, which includes a heated training ground, so they can train outdoors during the winter months.
Bahloul turns 18 in June, so we’ll have to see which club the lad chooses, but as we said previously, don’t rule Newcastle United out.