Newcastle Linked With Nigerian International Striker

There are reports coming out of Holland that a Premier League club are trying to sign Nigerian striker Uche Nwofor, who plays for VVV Venlo in the Eerste Divisie – the second division in the Netherlands.

Uche Nwofor of Nigeria © Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Uche Nwofor – capped once by Nigeria

Newcastle were linked with this player at the end of July, and there’s some debate about his age, as he’s supposed to be only 21, but he looks a lot older than that – but maybe he just worries a lot. 😀

The six-foot tall striker played 29 times with 10 goals last season for VVV-Venlo, and if the report is true, Graham Carr must have been watching him last season in the Eerste Divisie.

Uche Nwofor is right footed and played 9 times for the Nigerian U20 side with 6 goals, and he’s being compared to Aston Villa’s top striker 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, Portuguese club Benfica were also said to be interested in the striker.

Uche Nwofor 21

Uche Nwofor – is he really only 21 years old?

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, especially given the level he’s playing at.

We assume Joe Kinnear is now looking through his B list of strikers, after Newcastle have failed to bring in either Darren Bent of Aston Villa and Bafe Gomis of Lyon, who were on the A list along with Loic Remy, who we eventually signed on a season-long loan deal from QPR.

But it’s a huge leap in class for this lad to come from the Dutch second division into the Premier League.

What do you think?

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22 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed those goals were in the 1st division. Venlo were relegated last season from the Eredivisie

  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    No. Just no.

    I’d rather go for someone in the Championship who has a proven scoring record than go for second division Dutch players with a 1 in 4 scoring record.

  • roy

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Some big comings and goings in the next fortnight.

  • RonVanDam

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Put him and cisse upfront and they can be the new “terrible twins”

  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    If Joe’s looking at Nwofor, he’s exhausted the C to M lists of targets.

    He surely works fast and will probably. Br working through the Z list by Friday

  • elpaso_geordie

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Am I the only one hoping PSG rumours for Debuchy and Cabs are true.
    We will lose Cabaye sadly anyway so I have resigned myself to that but if he can take his pretty dam average mate with id be a happy man.
    Only thing is we are then relying on a right back having to come in pronto and we all know it takes months to get a player over the line……

  • pawl250

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7





    Thank you! 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    He looks closer to 29 🙂

  • pawl250

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Btw anyone slating Debuchy, he has had 6 month in the PL, he needs time to adapt.

    Very harsh to judge him, he gave away a couple of penalties pre season whoop de doo! Colo isnt exactly having a stormer of a pre season!

    Time will tell but I feel he will be a great aquistation this year. Especially going forward.

    Hopefully, like Santon he can improve his defensive game to the standard require in the PL (more physical, faster pace)

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    BBC five live talking about TOONs sponsorship deal now

  • t00ntime

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    @pawl magpie member is for kids right?
    I guess any member can buy one since they only said “member”. But we will have to wait and see, dont think anyone really knows yet.
    I think even the release date is a rumour(one that makes sense though unlike the ones of us signing rooney/eto’o)

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Jesus, Sammy or Marv away at City. Blimey, that’s a little dose of reality.

  • jackostoon

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning all,
    For me, we need European strikers, apart from wor goof, the only other recognised strikers may well be heading for the African nations. For what It’s worth, I think Debuchy will be a cracking player for us, he may be a little naive in the box for an international, but going forward he’s quality

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    That last post reads like I think we have Jesus as an option for left wing, I realize moments too late.

  • Chris

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s pointless speculating about this lad because, according to this article, he doesn’t have a work permit:

    “Nigerian striker, Uche Nwofor, is in advanced talks over a move to the
    English Premier League.
    The VVV Venlo centre-forward is set to sign for an unnamed Premier
    League club this week, says Voetbal International, before being loaned
    back to a Dutch team due to a lack of UK work permit qualifications.
    Nwofor has been linked with Stoke City, Arsenal and Tottenham this summer.”

    Should he sign with an English team, it is expected he will return to
    Holland on loan to Roda JC.

  • jackostoon

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Catch ya laters, off to pay the deposit for Xmas lunch

  • numba9

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    As if we are behind Norwich west Brm swansea etc in pecking order for players its hilarious our ambition is non existent

  • Felipe

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Give it a rest Ed. I make that about 250 links so far this window and only one has been correct.

  • connor_91

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Shola ameobi mark 2

  • Macas

    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Felipe – If you don’t like it then don’t bother coming back

  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew // Aug 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    He looks closer to 29
    Jesper, he was seven when he was born!

  • vipgreek

    Aug 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    lol the only transfer we need is Mike Ashley out of Newcastle


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