News today in the Daily Star today that Newcastle are now after Uche Nwofor of Dutch club VVV-Venlo, who were relegated last season, when they finished second bottom with just 28 points from their 34 games.
Uche Nwofor – 21 year-old Nigerian striker
With Newcastle losing out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and possibly losing out on both Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent, we’re not too surprised potentially new targets are coming to light, always assuming there’s some truth in this report.
Uche Nwofor was born in Lagos, but his birth date is questionable, and he so far just one full cap for Nigeria, and he turns 22 in September.
The six-foot tall striker played 29 times with 10 goals last season for VVV-Venlo, and if the report us true we have to assume Graham Carr has been watching him last season.
Uche Nwofor is right footed and played 9 times for the Nigerian U20 side with 6 goals, and he’s being referred to as the new Christian Benteke.
Before he joined VVV-Venlo in August of 2011, he played for Enugu Rangers in Nigeria, and when he joined the Dutch club, Benfica were also said to be interested in the striker.
In the two seasons he’s played in Holland he’s appeared 60 times for VVV-Venlo with 14 goals, so he’s not exactly a prolific goalscorer – not yet anyway.
21 year-old Uche Nwofor – maybe he worries a lot?
He looks a little older than 21 to us – and before the 2011 African Youth Championship, Nwofor’s age was the subject of controversy, because when played for Anambra Pillars in 2009, the club’s official website had his birth date as 28 February 1989 – which would make him 24.
He made his debut for the full Nigerian side back in March of 2010 against Congo DR, and he’s been called up for the Nigerian National squad for an International friendly match against South Africa in Durban on August 14th.
Shola Ameobi is also in the squad for that game, which takes place on the Wednesday before the Premier League kicks off.
Uche Nwofor is probably worth around £700K in the transfer market, and Newcastle can afford that – can’t we? 😀
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