There is news in the Mail today that Newcastle United are interested in 21 year-old FC Sion striker Moussa Konate, who already had 9 nine full caps for Senegal.
Moussa Konate in Senegal colors
Newcastle will be at the Scion vs Young Boys of Berne game today and it looks like Newcastle’s Steve Nixon will be at the game – Steve is head of recruitment at Newcastle.
The 21-year-old Senegal international is due to line up against Young Boys of Berne.
Moussa moved from Russian club FC Krasnodar to Swiss club Sion last summer, and this season he has scored 7 goals with 5 assists in 16 games for his club.
Konate came to prominence when he played well for Senegal in the London Olympics in 2012 when he was only 19, and he scored five goals in the tournament and that has had clubs like West Ham, Fulham and Aston Villa interested in the player.
Newcastle are no longer the draw for top players they used to be and so the Tyneside club seem to be lining up a number of alternative strikers in case they cannot get their top targets.
Those top striker targets are thought to be Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, and Burnley’s Danny Ings.
There will be significant competition from some of the big clubs in Europe for those players this summer.
Konate was named in the Senegalese squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January after West Ham’s Diafra Sakho withdrew due to an injury
Newcastle like to sign promising young players who can be developed into top players on Tyneside, and Moussa seems to fit that profile.
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