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Here Are Some Possible Targets From Newcastle’s Scouting Mission In France

We did an article this morning about Newcastle sending scouts to watch Monaco’s match at Bordeaux this afternoon which ended in a 2-1 victory for the hosts. The report was based on the following tweet by Scouts in Attendance.

We went through a few names who Newcastle were linked with in the past but gave reasons why we thought they were unlikely targets at the moment. One player we mentioned was Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is on loan at Monaco.

We thought the 25-year-old was still sidelined with a sprained ankle. However, Bakayoko made his return for Monaco in the game and played 82 minutes before being substituted for striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.

Augustin could potentially be one to watch as a target. The 22-year-old Frenchman is a product of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy and played internationally up to the under-21 level scoring 5 goals in 9 games. He can also play on the right-wing. However, Augustin did not fare too well on loan at RB Leipzig last season, where he only made four starts.

There were a couple of other candidates from Monaco who featured in the game today. One of them is 18-year-old Benoit Badiashile, who was mentioned in the original Scouts in Attendance tweet as being a target of Wolves.

The Chronicle has a report saying that Newcastle may have been in France to watch the 6′ 4″ center-back. However, his reported price tag could be in the £30m range, so that is a little pricey for an 18-year-old central defender.

In addition to Badiashile and Bakayoko, Newcastle may have some interest in Monaco’s German right-back Benjamin Henrichs who played in the midfield today. Henrichs is an excellent right-back who used to play for Leverkusen before joining Monaco in 2018 for just over £17m.

For Bordeaux, former Sunderland striker Josh Maja played the entire game, and since he was linked with Newcastle in January, there may still be some interest in him.

Aurélien Tchouaméni– 19-year-old Bordeaux midfielder

However, one player we really like who played today is Bordeaux central midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. The 19-year-old has already made 29 appearances for Bordeaux and is a product of their Academy.

His contract runs until 2022 and he has made 7 appearances for the French under-19 team. He has been linked with Bayern Munich and both Milan clubs in the past. He was substituted for in the 87th minute in this match.

There was a lot of young talent on display in Bordeaux this afternoon and no shortage of potential targets for Newcastle scouts to take a look at.

85 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Nov 24, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #81

    I had fifty quid for France to win world cup at sixteen to one
    Was abroad so couldn’t lay it off.
    That nutter Zidane nutted someone no pun intended and Italy won

  • Just a fan

    Nov 24, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #83

    I can never understand why some managers leave secure jobs because some big shot club comes along
    Oh yes forgot
    Or is that greed for more money.
    No Rafa I’m not talking about you your a great guy

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #84


    Cheers for that mate, the only thing I can think of was the deflection it took towards goal then, I think it might have been going in if it wasn’t for the deflection that took it into yedlins path.

    The other one was his dink into Joelinton who got the ass IST that time for Schär I think?

    Can’t believe he hasn’t got one yet… The floodgates will open soon… In my opinion

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #85

    In Chinese football money is somewhat meaningless. The clubs are certainly not required to make a profit, being backed by massive semi state run corporations, who rake in an endless stream of revenue from a captive and willing domestic consumer base of billions of people possessing ever increasing levels of disposable income. Tevez was on 500000 quid a week or something ridiculous, and walked away because he didn’t like the food. There is little loyalty asked or expected of marquee foreign players and managers in China. If there was, few would go.


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