Newcastle Looking To Bring This Striker In On The Cheap


There’s news out of France today that Newcastle striker target – 22 year-old Anthony Koura of Olympique Nîmes – has been watched a couple of times in the last couple of weeks and he could be the striker that Graham Carr brings into the club in January.

Other clubs said to be interested in the young striker include Watford, Stoke and Sunderland, but with him having no experience in the Premier League it’s unlikely he can produce the goals quickly for Newcastle if we do sign him next month.

There were also multiple reports last week that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had sent his scouts to check on the young striker who is attracting quite a few Premier League clubs.

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22 year-old Anthony Koura of Olympique Nîmes

The French reports are that Newcastle had scouts at last night’s Ligue 2 game at Creteil and this is only one of a number of reports over the past few months that Newcastle have been actively watching the 22 year-old.

One attraction for clubs is that his contract runs out at the end of June and he could be brought in for a reasonably small fee next month – reported to be maybe as low as £300K.

We assume he will be one for the future – and that Newcastle will also be bringing in a more experienced striker next month – to help us score some goals in the Premier League and help us survive against relegation.

But that’s an assumption.

In fact Newcastle had this lad on Tyneside for a trial over three years ago but decided against signing him – so Graham Carr has been watching him for some time.

Anthony stands 5’11” tall and is right footed and he’s played 76 times for Olympique Nîmes with 13 goals and four assists – and this season he has 3 goals in 16 total appearances..

It’s good to sign players like Koura on the cheap who are young and seem to have great potential – Ayoze Perez was a great example of this type of player and we picked him up for €\2M – but we also have to be willing to pay out 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 too.

This lad could be a good acquisition for us in January given the small fee he would cost.

We wonder which striker Steve McClaren wants to bring in during January?

Maybe Graham Carr and Lee Charnley should listen to what Steve has to stay – after all it’s  Steve’s job which is on the line if he doesn’t start to win games soon.

Seems we should change who decides which players are brought into the club – but it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon – unfortunately.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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96 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Springy…….. Depay looked ok when he first arrived but he loses the ball too much when he tries to beat defenders.
    Definitely not worth 30 odd million. Gini looks value in comparison.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    he may come good eventually but upto now we’ve got the better deal and player

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    repost;
    with mourinho and van gaal making hard work of all that money at there disposal…i wonder if they are getting a bit twitchy with ancelotti loitering around doing interviews about wanting to be in the premier league?lol…..still weird seeing chelsea in the shite like….but amusing!!!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #4

    betty
    when we played them down there, before the match we all thought he could of been trouble but after a 20min spell mbemba got to grips with him and he disappeared and has struggled of sorts since…but then again man utd are not the side they were

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  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    In Reality:
    Jamaican LB, MATIP, French CM, Lassoga.

    Dream Land:

    Willems, Shawcross, Shelvey, Lazaccate.

    …………..Elliott
    Janmmatt…Mbemba…Shawcross..Willems
    ……….Shelvey….Colback
    Sissoko…….De Jong…….Wijnaldum
    ………….Lacazzate

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I see Willian , Oscar , Costa , and Ramires all play tonight – all Portuguese speakers against Porto.
    Could Mourinho’s game plan be that simple ?

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  • Charlietoon

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks to be pure business considering we have AA and IT as young strikers doing well out on loan. Maybe Ashley is looking to follow the Chelsea model and just buy a bunch of young cheap players that will never see the first team and see if one sticks to be sold on.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Any news on Charlie Austin.

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  • mactoon

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    3 goals in 16 games and no Premiership experience… yeah let’s go for him. Idiots

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s much better than the crap we have got, Gini top goalscorer and he’s playing in midfield says it all.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry I thought you meant Charlie.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Anybody for monk to be the next boss.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I think swans just might regret sacking him to be honest.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Do we really need a 22 year old from the club bottom of Ligue 2. Just another obstacle in Adam Armstrong’s path, who is banging them in at a similar level of football.

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  • eddyinpoole

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    too much talk of bringing in unproven players who may come good.we desperately need players who have prem experience if we are to stay in the division.the financial rewards for next season are massive,so we have to spend in january on quality with a proven record not second rate french league 2 players.onwards and upwards.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #16

    If any one thinks NUFC will ever sack Mcca then u e crazy.

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Welshie
    I know he’s had 22 months , but with what he achieved back end of last season plus early doors this season , I think the ownership have been badly advised.
    I blame that South African tosser Katzen personally.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Welsh..

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Welsh…how’s your achy breaky Swansea heart these days?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper

    Yes……….

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    This guy makes no sense. He’s not even got a famous brother going for him.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Jesper

    My achy breaky Swansea heart is fine thanks, Swansea will replace him with another top coach and back him with funds.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Sazzer…he’s cheap 😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib

    To soon to get rid of him to be honest mate, I hope it doesn’t backfire because that’s what’s happening with Newcastle.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Shame Swansea can’t have Pardew, they must be sick of all that possession play a succession of managers has put in place, Pardew would have that sorted I weeks

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Welsh…they do deserve a top coach! He was always a weird choice…maybe it was more of a power struggle, when that little dictator Jenkins wanted it his way!

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #27

    jesperfuglsang
    Probably his agent trying to make him expensive by linking him with us.

    Anyway, Watford will probably sign him and loan him out to Udinese or Granada.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #28

    But then again one should never underestimate the allure of cheap.

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  • Ravostag

    Dec 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #29

    No worries bigger and more progressive clubs like Bournemouth or Watford will sign him

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  • toon22

    Dec 9, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Hes perfect.
    Young,cheap,plays in France.
    Lets hope hes small and has a terrible injury record.
    If he measures up to our exacting standards he could really keep us in the league.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 9, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM
    ” I think the ownership have been badly advised.”
    I blame that South African tosser Katzen personally.

    A little ‘information’ (what you have posted wouldn’t qualify as knowledge) is a dangerous thing Jeff.

    As you’ll have googled, Huw Jenkins is the top man. He really is immensely knowledgeable about football, and totally committed to the Swans – and has been since a boy. He has the full backing of the Supporters Trust. Since he’s been chair they’ve gone from third tier to top, won a Cup, and established themselves as a top flight club. Swans were always second fiddle to Cardiff in Wales but have reversed the roles. I used to go to the tatty old Vetch as a kid and they have come a long long way. It may be that you’re conflating him with Ashley – whose erse is where you’ve firmly wedged yer heid. Chalk and cheese. Jenkins is everything you’d want in an owner – Ashely everything you’d not.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #32

    I feel a post from jane isn’t far away now as Jibberish sinks back in to his Diamond White shell

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #33

    What a performance by arsenal tonight, glad we haven’t got them on Sunday.

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Angels

    You will notice if you concentrate real hard that there was no mention of nor blame attached to Jenkins.You are pompous as well as thick.

    I only mentioned the South African turd Brian Katzen.

    We all know how saintly they are at Swansea

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/apr/08/swansea-halo-owners-windfall

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  • Sack Llambias

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail
    Would cockneys try to hurt you because you weren’t a cockney? What the hell are you goin on about. You talk and talk for days on end with bollucks but can anyone make any sense out of the fat busted. Give us a rest.

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Welshie
    Folk said the same about Liverpool when they twatted Southampton.

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Angels
    Sorry about the link to the Guardian , I hope they’re not too many long words for you 😎

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  • Sack Llambias

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib
    A what a ripper ha ha.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Ian and Jibberish,
    Shut it !

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib

    Yeah I know, but they were good tonight.

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