Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear has been widely reported to be in Germany at the moment, trying to tie up a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong, but that would be an initial loan deal, and it looks like Joe will not make his breakthrough and make a permanent signing until the summer.
Tom Ince – in Monaco today
But it seems that two good targets will escape the Newcastle net, with Blackpool winger Tom Ince in Monaco today discussing a potential deal, in the second smallest country in the world, and where there is no income tax.
The other good player we will not be signing is Kurt Zouma, the impressive 19 year-old St. Etienne center-back, who is being courted by Chelsea.
And the reports suggest that Arsenal, the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham are also interested in Zouma.
Zouma has said today there had been contact with Chelsea last month:
“There was advanced contact with Chelsea last month.” “At the start I thought it was a joke but afterwards I quickly took Mourinho’s call seriously.”
“When a great man like Jose Mourinho calls a little player like Kurt Zouma, it’s nice. It doesn’t happen every day and it’s a big sign of respect and confidence.”
“If you tell me to go to Chelsea, I’ll go there immediately! Especially after the call from the coach.” “I’m playing my third season in Ligue 1.”
“In June, it will be time to go and I will see how things happen elsewhere.” “Why not a step up in France? Abroad, it’s make or break, but it’s a risk worth taking.”
“I won’t necessarily choose according to the league. “It will depend on playing time and the state of mind of the coach and the squad.”
Zouma is very willing to join Chelsea, but he will not get immediate playing time there, so perhaps in the summer he would possibly still consider Newcastle, and he could get playing time at the club, especially if Fab Coloccini leaves to return home to Buenos Aries.
Kurt Zouma - 19 year-old talented 6’2″ St. Etienne center-back
But with some bigger clubs than Newcastle interested, it seems we have little chance of getting this very talented Frenchman to Tyneside.
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