There have been various reports since around May 23rd that Rafa Benitez is keen to sign 18 year-old Yann Karamoh, who plays for Caen in the French League and can play on the wing or up front as a striker.
The teenager has been attracting attention from the likes of Monaco after having a really good season where he has appeared 36 times for the Caen first team in all competitions with 5 goals and 4 assists and he’s looked impressive.
The first report about Newcastle’s interest was in L’Equipe back on May 23rd and today the Shields Gazette are reporting Newcastle are still interested in signing the impressive teenager.
Yann Karamoh was born in the Ivory Coast but has been on the books of Caen since he was just 12 years old and he has so far played for the French U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 teams scoring seven goals in his 21 youth team appearances so far.
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are keen to bring in young players who could have big futures and have them coached on Tyneside and go through the ranks at the club – hopefully to the first team.
The Newcastle manager is putting a strong emphasis on bringing in (much) better young players than over the past ten years, when the club has struggled to bring young players through the ranks to become first team players.
Yann has also been unwilling to sign a new contract at Caen and his current contract lasts until the end of June next year and it could be that Caen will cash in on him this summer.
Karamoh is reported to be a very good technical with considerable pace.
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