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.
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?