The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle are keeping tabs on young Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep, who we have been linked with for over a year now, and the player was at QPR last January when he was still at Auxerre, and the other club said to be interested at that time was Newcastle United.
Paul-Georges Ntep – Newcastle watching him last night?
In fact earlier this year a number of clubs were said to be interested in the 22 year-old, who has played for all the French Youth sides, and the clubs interested in him included Arsenal, Roma, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle.
Paul-Georges Ntep did not join QPR (or Newcastle for that matter), but instead joined Rennes in January, on a three and a half year deal, and so far he has made 62 appearances for the French club with 20 goals and 7 assists, which is a good record for the left winger.
Newcastle scouts were apparently at the Euro U21 play-off qualifier between France and Sweden last night, which France won 2-0, and Ntep was in the starting line-up and played the whole game.
Also in the starting line-up was one of our former midfield targets 21 year-old Florian Thauvin, so maybe we were (also) watching him.
We have to believe that Graham Carr and the scouting team are out there busy watching players we can bring into the squad in January, because if we are still lingering near the bottom of the league, we will need ample reinforcements if we are to successfully fight against relegation.
Maybe Newcastle are looking at Thauvin to add some creativity to the side, but Ntep is a very good goal scoring winger- and we really need both creativity and goal scorers in January – as well as defensive reinforcements.
Thauvin is now sadly too expensive for Newcastle, and he signed on at Marseilles just over a year ago on a five year deal for €20M (£15.7M) – so we lost out on our chance to sign Florian, when he was younger and cheaper.
The 21 year-old technically gifted player has played 26 games for Marseilles with 11 goals and 6 assists.
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