Sky Sports News is reporting that Newcastle are planning a move for Coventry City’s young star Gael Bigirimana.
Gael Bigirimana – 18 year-old Coventry midfielder
The Burundian-born Congolese football player is 18 years old and plays in midfield, and he has so far played 26 times for Coventry with 16 starts.
Newcastle are thought to be bringing in a number of top young players this summer, to build up their Development squad, so this report could well be accurate.
As many as 12 current Development players are leaving the club when their contracts expire at the end of June, and Newcastle have already had some top young players on trial on Tyneside.
The 18 year-old is very highly rated, but Coventry manager Andy Thorn is desperate to keep City’s talented youngsters together, as he hopes to bring the club straight back up to the Championship next season.
Coventry were relegated last season, when they finished second bottom of the Championship with 40 points.
But it appears the Magpies are keen on the youngster, who won the Championship’s Apprentice of the Year award for last season, and he beat Crystal Palace’s Jonathan Williams and Reading’s Jordan Obita for the award.
The same award was won by Ipswich striker Connor Newton in the previous year – with Connor now on Sunderland’s books.
This report could well be true, and it will depend on whether Newcastle can agree a suitable fee with Coventry for the player.
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