There are reports in France that Newcastle want to sign 18 year-old Saint Etienne defender Mickael Nade this summer.
The 18-year-old has a contract at the French club that runs out this summer and it looks like Newcastle are moving in quickly to offer the player good terms and have him move to Tyneside in June.
18 year-old Saint Etienne defender Mickael Nade
He looks older than 18 – he must worry a lot
The other club said to be also interested in signing the youngster is Red Bull Salzburg, but he would be one for the Development squad and Peter Beardsley if Newcastle do sign him.
The 6 ft tall center-back has been likened to Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma in the way that he plays and we were after the impressive Zouma, before his signed on at Chelsea in January of 2014.
The reports in France suggest that Newcastle have already offered him a professional contract to join them this summer.
He is well regarded at St. Etienne but he has yet to play for the first team there.
Newcastle are likely to bring in at least five or six first team ready players this summer and some top youngsters too – such as Nade – who can be groomed over time for the first team.
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