The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle United are close to signing 18 year-old Rennes defender Sega Coulibaly, who we reported on yesterday as one of the top young French defenders.
Sega Coulibaly – signing for Newcastle?
Newcastle have been watching this player for a while now, and the Mirror report suggests he could be bought for £4M, which for Newcastle is a lot of money for an 18 year-old.
But this lad is a top player who has already played for the Rennes first team and is one of France’s top young players.
And while he would initially join up with the Development squad, his is precocious for his age, that we are sure Alan Pardew is hoping he could immediately challenge for a center-back spot in the first team.
The lad has only just turned 18 last month, and he was born in Bamako in Mali, and has been at Rennes since the summer of 2005.
Sega has played for France at U16, U17 and U18 levels.
If he’s as good as he’s made out to be, then £4M for a player of his caliber could turn out to be a really low price to pay in the longer term.
We hope the Mirror report is accurate.
Written from Winchester, England.