Newcastle United are said to be very interested in 19 year-old Dutch International attacking midfielder Adam Maher, who was recently named Holland’s Young Player of the Year, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror today.
Adam Maher – hot prospect in Holland
The youngster was born in Ait Izou, Morocco, but he has elected to play for Holland, and he played at the U17, U19 and U21 level for the Dutch, and gained his first full cap in August of this year, under new manager Louis van Gaal, when he played in the 4-2 loss against Belgium in a friendly match.
But Newcastle will face significant competition from Manchester City, AC Milan, Chelsea and Barcelona (and Sunderland – of course), who are all said to be interested in the 5’9″ midfielder, who plays for AZ Alkmaar.
Adam made his professional debut for AZ in December two years ago, in a UEFA Europa League game against FC BATE Borisov, and he managed to score a goal in that game.
He has now played 63 times for Alkmaar and has 14 goals and 12 assists, which looks like an excellent record for a 19 year-old attacking midfielder.
The 19 year-old is anxious to leave Alkmaar, and the reports are that he’s expected to move either in January or next summer, but Newcastle may find ti difficult to entice the youngster to Tyneside, although of course he will get first team games at Newcastle.
Sunderland, Newcastle and Chelsea were all said to have scouts in Tilburg a week last Friday night, when Maher starred in the Holland Under-21 side’s 4-1 win over Austria, and we assume Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr was among them.