There’s news today in France that Newcastle scouts have been checking on 22 year-old Anthony Koura of Olympique Nîmes twice in the last few weeks after the lad had a trial back in 2012 at Newcastle – but we didn’t bother taking up the option of signing the then 19 year-old.
The youngster has played for French Youth sides from U16 through U19 and is currently with Olympique Nimes in Ligue 2 after leaving le Mans in 2013.
22 year-old striker Anthony Koura of Nimes
Reports in France say that Newcastle, Watford and Sunderland are three PL clubs interested in the player but that we had scouts at the Nimes’ 1-1 draw with Dijon last Saturday.
We were also reported to have had scouts at last night’s game at Creteil that Nines won 2-1, and Koura hit the winner in that game as they came back from 1-0 down to score twice in the last 10 minutes with the winner coming after 87 minutes.
The 22 year-old has a contract at Nimes that runs out next June so he could come cheap in January or as a free transfer next summer.
The fee in January is said to be around £300K and we should be able to afford that given we should get around £80M from the Premier League next May.
Anthony stands 5’11” tall and is right footed and has played 70 times for Olympique Nîmes with 11 goals and four assists.
But we’d be surprised if this lad can help us if we are still in relegation trouble in January, and we need somebody like Charlie Austin, who is a proven PL goalscorer after he had such a good season for QPR last term.
While it’s fine signing players like Koura on the cheap who are young and seem to have great potential – Ayoze Perez was another example of this type of player – we also have to be willing to pay the extra money for a proven striker if we are to stay in the Premier League this season.
Koura can play up front as a striker, but he’s also versatile and can play on either wing.
This lad could be a good acquisition for us but’s a huge risk that he can help us in the second half of this season.
What do you think?