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?