There is news in France Football today that Newcastle have moved in for 17 year-old French defender Nathan Dekoké, who has been capped at the France U18 level.
Nathan Dekoké - 17 year-old Saint Étienne defender
The 17 year-old is currently on the books of Saint Étienne, and he is the type of player Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr are on the look out for, and it’s not surprising that his contract at the French club runs out next summer.
The news is that Newcastle have offered him a contract to join the Magpies in the summer, and because he is so young he doesn’t become a normal “free” agent next summer, and his club will get some compensation although that compensation will likely be small.
Newcastle brought in 17 year-old Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu last January and then young Frenchman Olivier Kemen from Metz in July, so we’ve already brought in two top young players this year.
Of course the earlier clubs sign players, the cheaper they are, but also the bigger the risk that they will not make it, but this is an integral part of Newcastle’s strategy – to try to sign top young players who will then develop and become top players on Tyneside.
Up till now however, we haven’t shown too much success in this particular area.
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