France Football is reporting that Newcastle are not only after St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but that we are also interested in their top young center-back Kurt Zouma.
Kurt Zouma – top young French center-back
18 year-old Zouma is of Central African descent and made his first team debut for St. Etienne in April of 2011, when he started the game against Bordeaux, and he was only 16 at the time.
Zouma stands 6’2″ tall, and since his debut he has played 46 times for St. Etienne with four goals, and he has played for all the France Youth sides through U20.
Zouma is currently representing the French U20 side at the U20 World Cup being held in Turkey at the moment, where both Gael Bigirimana (England) and Curtis Good (Australian captain) are also participating..
France Football magazine is reporting that Newcastle are about to bid €29 million (£24.7M) for the two St. Etienne players. in a double bid.
The way it’s supposed to be split is €16 (£13.6M) for Aubameyang and a massive €13 (£11.1M) for Zouma,
We have never seen Zouma play, and just over £11M seems an absolutely massive fee for the youngster.
The current President of France Francois Holland has stated in an interview in April this year, that he sees Zouma as a potential future captain of the full French national side.
If Newcastle can pull off this double scoop from St. Etienne, we would have a top class striker, and a top class young center-back at the club.
And presumably Zouma would be the center-back we bring in this summer – and Newcastle would not need to pursue West Ham center-back James Tomkins.
We hope Newcastle can pull this deal off, that would be fantastic, given the great potential of the 18 year-old, and then we could even accuse Mike Ashley of spending some big money this summer. 😀
Here’s some video of Zouma in action.
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