Newcastle are reported to be interested in 18 year-old Rennes center-back Sega Coulibaly, who has played for the French U16, U17 and U18 sides and also the Rennes first team.
Sega Coulibaly – 18 year-old Rennes center-back
The young defender was born in Bamako in Mali on June 9th, 1996, so he has only just turned 18 and he has played at Rennes since the summer of 2005.
We were first linked with this player about three weeks ago, and last season he played 11 full games for Rennes, and if he is signed by the Magpies he would (probably) be part of the Development squad as one for the future.
Newcastle have had the player watched a number of times this year when he has played for the Rennes first team, and he apparently is also keen to move to England.
We were hoping this summer that Newcastle – as well as strengthening the first team squad significantly – would also bring in four or five top youngsters, and 20 year-old Ayoze Perez has already been signed from Tenerife, and Ayoze is one example of these young up and coming players.
Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Brom are also said to be interested in the young French center-back.
Since Newcastle will not pay out big fees for established players,one way we can get some good players into the side is to sign them as teenagers, and then hopefully develop them into top class players, but so far we haven’t been too successful in doing that.
That doesn’t mean we cannot do that over the few years.
That’s just one of the hopes we have for Newcastle United.
Written from Winchester, England.
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