Newcastle have been linked with over 20 players for next month’s transfer window so far – and the latest is 20 year-old Frenchman Junior Samba, who plays for Chamois Niortais in the French second division.
Samba is a defensive midfielder who has been playing extremely well this season and he has caught the attention of a number of clubs – including Newcastle.
Clubs other than Newcastle interested in the 6ft tall midfielder include Southampton and French clubs – Angers, Nantes and Saint Etienne.
Junior Samba– Chamois Niortais midfielder
There’s not too much information about the lad on the Internet, but according to Wikipedia he started playing at his home town club Lyon in 2003, when he was 7 years old and moved to Macon in 2011 before arriving at his current club three years ago.
Samba made his debut for Chamois Niortais in September, 2014 against Dijon at the age of 18 years and 5 days.
He became the youngest player ever to start a professional match for the club.
Samba has played 16 times this season and since making his debut just over two years ago he has played 56 times with 2 goals.
While the lad has played defensive midfielder this season he can also play in other positions including right back and even as an attacking midfielder.
If Newcastle are really interested in the player there would seem no reason why we cannot bid for him next month, since young players with potential are exactly what Rafa Benitez wants to bring into the club.
However, Rafa has said today he is being put off by the asking the price for various players – including younger ones like Samba – and some of the prices being asked are ridiculously high.
Hopefully that’s not the case with Junior Samba and we can get him in for a reasonable fee.
Again, that’s if Rafa Benitez is really keen on him and if he did come in he would probably be part of Peter Beardsley’s U23 squad initially.
What do you think?