Paul Ntep plays in France for Rennes and Luc Castaignos plays for FC Twente in Holland, and these two strikers would be good buys for Newcastle in January – and they are two clubs Newcastle have done business with over the last five years.
Paul-Georges Ntep shown above in France colors
And France and Holland are the two main countries that Graham Carr and his team do their scouting in these days.
Both players are goalscorers and we need some brought in during January, although it will depend on how players like Manu Riviere, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong and Rolando Aarons perform before the end of the year.
Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley did say this on Monday night at the Fans’ Forum:
The club brought in nine players in the previous window in order to take the team forward and that additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be made in reference to January.
Here are two players worth pursuing and both can score goals.
Paul Ntep (Rennes) Age 22
Ntep is a young French player that Newcastle are looking at – and he is one of the stars of the France U-21 side whoe began his career at Auxerre in 2009 and he stayed there for five years scoring 20 goals in 62 appearances with 7 assists.
He moved to Rennes in January of this year on a three-and-a-half year deal, and he has scored 9 goals in 23 appearances for Rennes, who are currently 13th in the French League.
Ntep has played for all the French Youth sides including 13 times for the U21 side scoring 8 goals.
Paul was born in Cameroon, but moved to France at the age of eight, and he now has a French passport, and his transfer fee would be around £3M – if that.
Luc Castaignos ( FC Twente) Age 22
Newcastle were interested in Castaignos when he was a teenager at Inter Milan in 2011, but he has been starring at FC Twente for the last couple of years and his style of play has been compared to the great Thierry Henry.
The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle have been in contact with Twente about the possibility of getting Luc in January, and the Dutch U-21 striker would cost maybe around £6M.
The 22 year-old has made 90 appearances for his Dutch club with 36 goals and 11 assists, and that’s not a bad record, and he has 15 appearances for the Dutch U21 side with 6 goals.
Luc has 50 appearances for all the Dutch youth sides since 2008, and scored 27 goals, which is a good record, and he has both pace and skill.
Luc started his career at Feyenoord and was then transferred to Inter Milan in the summer of 2011, before coming back to Holland two years ago and signing for FC Twente.
What do you think of these two players?
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