Newcastle Again Linked With Top Young Striker


Newcastle are again being linked today with young 19 year-old striker Moussa Konate of Senegal, who was a standout for his side at the Olympic Games.

Moussa Kanote – could be brought in for peanuts

The news is in the Daily Star, and we suppose it’s natural that with Newcastle having both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse at Newcastle, and the fact we lost both Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best this summer, and we are looking for another striker, that we are linked with the youngster.

We have no idea if there”s any truth in the story, and we were first linked with Moussa a few days ago, and of course the big disadvantage with the lad is we already have two African strikers who will be away at the African Cup of Nations every two years, and you wonder if it’s wise to bring in a third.

But he certainly looks like a top young striker, who wouldn’t cost too much and has great potential, and that will appeal to Newcastle, and with Cisse, Ba and Shola Ameobi already at the club, the lad could be given time to come through.

And he would be a much cheaper option that big Andy Carroll, and certainly would appear to be much better value.

Moussa currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv, after joining them from Senegalese second division club, ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour, last summer, and it looks like he has one year left of a two year contract at the Israeli club, so could come at a decent price.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who seems willing to give Andy Carroll an eight year contract at £90K/week and pay a total of £19M to get him to Upton Park is also interested, and the news is the London club have gone in with an initial  £1.5M bid.

Manchester City and Fulham have also registered an interest in the player who scored five goals for Senegal at the Olympic Games, and The Sun is reporting today that Stoke are in for the player with a £2M bid.

We think Newcastle should look at bringing in a top youngster this summer,  who has time to develop, and there’s always 25 year-old Loic Remy,  who could probably be brought in for around £9M or even less, since he’s in the last year of his contract at Marseilles.

What do you think?

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40 comments so far

  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    I would be happy with this kid,work along side ba and cisse,better option that blowing 12-20 mill on a forward,any one agree???

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  • Toon73

    Aug 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    haha pretty soon they’ll be linked with me…fast attacking midfielder, don’t mind tracking back, I’d be a cheap option compared to some of these professional halfwits we’re always seem to be ‘linked” with…I’m pretty easy on the eyes too ladies

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed get the kid signed up

    On toulalon might b 28 but is still some player n would definetly add to our starting 11

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    How many strikers do west ham think they need like

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Darrenfletcher
    Yes tink this lad would be a great signing very quick and definatly physical enough to hack the pl

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon 73,only thing u forget to mention was u wear a knee brace and ya legs have gone,just messing ya ba-stard,he

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  • bobby jay

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m inclined to agree with you DF, get this lad in and bring Adam campbell on a bit, then use what’s left in the kitty for debuchy and Anita . I think that would leave us with a squad well capable of delivering a massive pat on the fanny to the rest of the PL and bag is at least one cup 🙂

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I just think we need a young raw forward,we have two already that is the real deal,this young kid would come on leaps and bounds training with the 2 dembas every day

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    The 2 dembas will convince this lad to join

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  • dmac

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Lazy Journalism if you ask me, oooh a new senegalese youngster who has senegalese strikers and is rumoured to need another striker. 2+2 in this case probably = no actual interest from us.

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  • dmac

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    This lad is the new Mayuka, Bangura’s african forwards we have never been interested in.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    The one thing from pre season which strikes me is we still really lack creativity we need a gouffran or brahimi or mirallas type player or 2 of these

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Darren
    Aye a young hungry striker would fit in great, idealy i would love to see a remy or mirralas or gamiero but think it would be very hard to keep 3 top strikers happy, we couldnt do it with best, and we seem to be struggling to keep ba and cisse completly happy plus we have shola!

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  • magpiebop

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    What’s happening wii the french trialist from Le Mans?

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  • steve

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning lads

    19yr old up and coming striker is exactly what we need. Replacement for lovenkrands. I would still say we need a more established player to challenge the Dembas for a starting place.

    Anyone got any info what happened to the trailing that scored two in the reserve game. Would of hoped we could get him signed up as well.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Davybtoon we do look a bit starved of creativity im CM especialy if cabs picks up an injury would love to see some1 like adam maher come in but cant realistically see it 🙁

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    I wud agree,shola will get game time,I still think we will sign a player or 2 that we haven’t herd off

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    For me it’s a question of whether it’s an either or situation. We have a transfer budget which presumably will only be exceeded if an exceptional talent becomes available. Having had Cisse on the radar we showed our continuity of purpose . This is a strength not a weakness. As I have said before my only concern is if Ashley’s ego should get in the way of a sound policy.The priority is a full back/
    Centre half and Anita. If that means going for a cheaper striker option
    then that ‘s fine with me. Ideally we get bodies in now but we clearly have medium to long term horizons. For all their apparent
    faults Arsenal qualify qualify year on year for the Champions League.
    Our transfer policy is proving shrewder but it’s not about short term buys to appease the fans but long term goals.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Magpiebob not a clue!

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  • steve

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #20

    I think we would see more spark playing marveaux instead of Jonas. The lad runs his heart out, puts in a good shift but for me he seems to have lost his pace and ability to beat a man. For me Jonas should be converted to a cm. Marv looks to be the way forward for LW.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #21

    I feel we should address whether we have sufficient quality in reserve
    should something rule Tim out.

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  • israeli_fan

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #22

    As i told yesterday, this player is very very poor, there are certain players who play good for their countries and bad for the club like diouf

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Magpie bob the only thing i can find on Anthony Koura is that hes returned to his parent club and were considering a deal for the lad

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  • Tiote4PM

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Went to wembley yesterday to watch senegal. This lad is more an an attacking midfielder from either side. Scored a good header and was a standout player for me.

    If we can get him for less than 5 we absolutely should, African or not.

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  • jonobbad

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #25

    And if Senegal goes to acon we will be 3 strikers down. Good thinking guys.
    We need a non African striker.

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  • sks_toon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #26

    I totally agree Davybtoon. Our midfield creativity in the midfield was really bad, with out Cabaye and ben Arfa we don’t have the creativity to get the ball to the forwards in good positions, Brahimi would be fantastic, I just really want us to get a damn CB in before that at least.

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  • sks_toon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #27

    I totally agree Davybtoon. Our midfield creativity in the midfield was really bad, with out Cabaye and ben Arfa we don’t have the creativity to get the ball to the forwards in good positions, Brahimi would be fantastic, I just really want us to get a CB in before that at least.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #28

    In all fairness what are the chances all three would go to the ACON?

    In fits the bill; I would be worried if we went an signed an established forward from Africa to challenge the Demba’s.

    Any news on the Debuchy front?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Jonobbad
    will be for if nigeria go through!!
    Still think that ola toivonen could be a goid shout for us at about £6 mil and can also play CAM

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Jesper yeah we got more chance of signing jessica alba as the new tea lady than we have of signing debuchy if lille keep changing the conditions!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #31

    I wouldn’t call Cabaye creative but more technical…

    I think both Abeid and Alfi look like flair players, but we might need another Ben Arfa kind of player.

    It is our attack that lacks spark and creativity 🙂 well in my humble opinion.

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  • New kingdom United

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Reading between the lines ..no new signings or does it just feel better to say so.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #33

    According to twitter were after huddlestone for £3 mil

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #34

    @TADS

    Jessica Alba you say B-)

    now that is not the worse thing I habve heard today mate…is it duable? 😉 hehe

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  • magpiebop

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #35

    I think Abeid looks like he can play anywhere across midfield or as a 2nd striker or emergency fullback. Vuckic looks to have good vision to play on the left and right of a midfield 3 and has a powerhouse shot. Bigirimana is being described as Tiote mkII. Gosling puts himself about and makes good runs to join the attack. Amalfitano sounds a really skillful dribbler judging off his heed goal and already must come into recconing for wing or AM role. Perch comes into consideration for DM or FB. I think we have adequate cover for our midfield 3 of Guttierez, Tiote and Cabaye.

    Does anyone think we want Anita to play mainly as a leftback if he comes and switch Santon? Or is Ferguson going to get a shot at nailing that role when fit?

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  • Minato

    Aug 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #36

    If he can be brought cheaply is definitely worth a punt. Young athletic and can clearly find the back of the net. I also hope there is some truth linking us to Japanese captain Yoshida as well. Have never understood why we haven’t delved into the the Asian market…such a pool of talented players, even if you ignore the commercial benefits. Would have Yoshida over someone like Douglas anyday.

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #37

    agreed we sign a young striker than a TRAITOR like MANDY CARROLL

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  • geordiejamie89

    Aug 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Sign him and Remy. And then we would still have enough left over having not signed AC.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah, I’d definitely sign Konate and Remy. That’d be £11m if the reports are right. I’d also pay out for Douglas, Debuchy, Anita and maybe Cissokho.

    All of the above want to come. Its just a matter of us tying up the deals

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 6, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #40

    Problem is if we have three Senegalese players all at forward we’ll be absolutely stricken during the African Cup of Nations. Nevertheless, if we can get Konate for under 3 or 4 million, heck, why not? He’s awfully good 🙂

    Perhaps we can go with some sort of “all midfield” lineup in January.

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