Newcastle In For 21 Year-Old NIgerian International Striker


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

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.

Uche Nwofor 98

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? 😀

What do you think?

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120 comments so far

  • Magpietillidie22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Haha at all the rumors today

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  • bollance

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    There is a YouTube compilation of uche on daily star website where uche dominates Douglas many times when playing vs FC Twente.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Krul To Be Kind

    Thanks! I feel I need to post a link to that every time someone goes overboard in their insults toward the current regime. It’s not perfect, but at least I think we should accept why it’s happened this way. We very nearly had the kind of owner that we all want…

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  • TurkishFan101

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost:

    Morning lads, we have approached to take Niang from AC Milan on loan with a view to purchase Of around €6million. However it has been put on hold untill their Champions League play offs as Robinho is already injured and they need Niang as backup in-case anyone else gets injured. So 1 experienced striker remy/gomis/bent and a young prospect that can challenge as well!

    Makes sense that we are looking for under 21 strikers as well. 1 senior and 1 under 21 striker looks more likely then getting gomis/remy/bent. Remy/Niang would be ideal.

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  • bollance

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    always look on the bright side of life

    Obviously if a Newcastle fan asked N’Zogbia if he’d ever come back to Newcastle then he’d say yes. What player would actually say no in that circumstance? Especially one who is currently at a worse team and not a guaranteed starter…

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  • newcrapastle

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    does anyone know where I can stream Newcastle st Mirren match happening tonight?

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Fulham apparently offering 6m for Bent.

    Bent to Fulham, Ruiz to Newcastle, Strolla no where near our bench?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    As for the academy status…this is actually the first I’ve heard of it being confirmed! If it was announced weeks ago, then why have people still been banging on about the fact that we’re category two???

    As far as I know, we were never category two and the delay from January had nothing to do with us. We were effectively category one pending final judgement with demotion to category two a possibility if we failed the next assessment.

    We passed so all is good.

    Wish I’d kept a list of all those people banging on about this being a huge problem now…

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Never heard of the guy to be honest but that are that many rumours doing the rounds at the moment that until someone is seem wearing the top on the official site it really isnt worth thinking too hard about it because all that happens is people get wound up and disapointed when in reality we may not have bid for the player and its just media lies.
    Our squad is tiny and with injuries it could be desemated even further. Up front is clearly our weak area as I think we could cope with injuries in midfield and even defence if we have to but up front we really need the goals to ensure we arent in a relegation scrap. Right now as it stands, I think we will end up around 12 – 15th in the table.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    And by the way…blah…

    This link is really full. Pick a young black striker playing in the Benelux (who just scored 10 goals for a relegated team), compare him to Benteke, and then link him to PL clubs looking for a striker.

    Typical crap journalism from a tabloid. I know Ed wants to give us a chance to respond to all stories about the club, but this is typical garbage from the Daily Star.

    On the topic of comparisons…ever noticed how a young powerful white guy would get compared to Rooney rather than Benteke? Lazy racism…

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree TDS but maybe worth doing some kind of double deal if thats the case for Bent and Nzogbia which could at least sort a few issues. Maybe not amazing players but definatly with experience and proven to an extent in this league and give us more squad depth

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Adebayor and Insomnia?? lol 30 July and we’re now scraping the very bottom of the barrel for bs I see…

    I love twitter all year round EXCEPT during transfer windows as ITKs grab hold of our desperation and just ruin our lives for weeks lol

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Another nigerian whose age we don’t truly know? Sounds like a typical newcastle signing. Get him in kinnear!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    For anyone interested, I set up a NUFC Blog league for fantasy football. We’ve got 21 in there so far so we’re doing well!

    The code is 3178-173427 and the site is http://fantasy.premierleague.com if anyone wants to show off their football knowledge…

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Because JFK won’t have a hard time pronouncing this lads name.

    Itchy no four

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    always look on the bright side of life

    I think we can do better to be honest. Those seem like Dunderland style of players to be honest…nothing exiting about them, just square pegs for square holes. Our model seems to be much more buying hungry players with something to prove who will be valued much higher after a couple of years. This either allows us to sell them at a significant profit or it just means the club is valued higher as the assets are worth more.

    Both worth a punt at the right price if we really can’t get anyone else in, as we need 2 in those positions, but I’d rather be patient to be honest. Both experienced in the PL too, so last week jobs for me assuming we don’t get anyone else in…

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  • Jackson1989

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    The guy who said about niang i would be over the moon seen him play about 20 times hes strong pacey skills, and would of scored about 10 goals last season bt was unlucky and he can get assists, he could play on the LW/RW or ST same as remy would love him and remy to come

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  • daztoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    See the fat b@stard is treating his sports direct staff like the toon supporters.
    Looks like the visit by the three ghosts over Christmas has worn off and back to penny pinching

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Another day chalked off and still no sign of players coming in. Total joke.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh dear, Nigerians with disputed ages. We’ve had our legs lifted with that before havent we ? 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Nwofor would be a very, very good addition to our club, if he were to come in this window then he would be ahead of both Shola and Campbell. Very good pace, an instinctive striker and still very young

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Daztoon

    Posted my thoughts earlier on the subject –

    Ashley ain’t just happy with the club being sponsored by money lenders – Wonga now we have signed up with gambling in the newly-launched global online gaming brand 138.com.

    AND

    20,000 part-time workers at Sports Direct, are employed on zero-hours contracts – no holiday or sick pay, and cannot be sure of how many hours they will work each week.

    I find it sad that our owner Ashley seems only to worry making money and fleecing people. No wonder we are hated by the rest of the football nation.

    But like many other TOON fans, The TOON is in my blood and I can’t walk away.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth 14m
    Shearer, Ferdinand, Lee and Asprilla to play for Harper’s side. Baresi, Maldini and Shevchenko in AC Milan ‘Glorie’ squad. #nufc

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    JackButler

    Can I assume that you’ve attended several games at VVV-Venlo or at least watched several games on the internet/TV?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t give a shite which player it is anymore as long as he’s talented, fast and young.

    This guy looks like a real prospect, he has a natural finishers instinct even though his goal to game ratio looks off.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    ToonDarnSarf

    I have a good friend who lives over there and has been raving about this lad for a while and I trust his opinion of a player and yeah I have seen him play a few time via the net myself

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  • daztoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    @Charlie
    Maybe we should give him a blood transfusion and he might just get what the Toon is all about

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Charlie

    We’re not hated by the rest of the “football nation”, they just laugh at us because we are really sensitive about the slightest thing going wrong and we have many fans complaining about how we’re a big club and should be right up there…

    There’s no doubt that we’re a big club, but that isn’t wholly measured by the size of the ground any more. Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester, Wolves, Forest could all point to good reasons that they should be in the PL. City were out of it for years. They all cases.

    Maybe once we win a damn trophy, some of the fans will relax a little…

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  • thai-mag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    we were well and truely at the bottom of the barrel yesterday, we may as well start scraping it today

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    I wouldn’t say we are hated, we maybe ridiculed and pitied by other fans as we have massive ambition which is sometimes interpreted as us believing we have a god given right to be up there with the best in the world when we haven’t won a single thing of worth for decades

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  • daztoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Ashley didn’t bow down to the fans choice in appointing Keegan that’s just bullshit

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    JackButler

    Fair enough. Hopefully Carr has had a look at him then.

    No disrespect to your friend, but I’ll trust Carr’s judgement a little more, but good to know that he has some talent at least and it’s not just a spurious link.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #34

    daztoon

    Give me one good reason why KK was appointed then?

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  • Bedsmag77

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #35
  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I’d say football fans in general are hated. Its basically a moron
    census. How many morons are there in the country? How many follow football? Thats how many morons there are. Simple we’re all one gigantic social experiment 🙂

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Is it just me or am I the only one thinking there is no way in hell that this Nigerian bloke is 21 years old?

    I mean just look at his face lol

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    21? Haha my backside is he 21

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    ToonDarnSarf

    Its all down opinions mate 😀 I’d like to see the lad here (I’d like to see anyone here at this point in time though) but with his pace he’d fit in a forward three either on either flank or through the middle, whether or not he’d be a starter is another matter but he’d be one hell of an option from the bench as thats where we are very, very light imo

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  • daztoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    @TDS
    He was second choice because floppy chops who was Ashley’s preferred choice turned us down.Had he taken up the post Keegan wouldn’t have returned

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