Newcastle reportedly had scouts in Bordeaux late last month to watch Les Girondins take on Monaco.
Bordeaux won 2-1 in a game that had a goal and a straight red for former Newcastle striker Islam Slimani. The Algerian, on loan with Monaco from Leicester City, has been outstanding in Ligue 1 with 6 goals and 7 assists in his 10 appearances.
However, Newcastle were not there to watch the 31-year-old striker. They were likely there to take a look at 18-year-old Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile.
The 6’4″ French u-19 international broke into the first-team last season while he was just 17-years-old. He’s already played 39 times for Monaco.
He signed his first professional contract in February 2018. There is now a report in Get French Football News that he is in talks for an improved deal.
The youngster is already valued at close to £30m per some reports and is being tracked by some of Europe’s top clubs. So Badiashile is likely a bridge too far for Newcastle as they look to improve the quality in the Academy. However, we do have our eyes on some top youngsters which is always a positive sign.
Badiashile is just one of a few teenagers that Newcastle have reportedly been out to watch. We’re heavily linked with Carlisle’s Jarrad Branthwaite and yesterday had scouts watch West Brom’s Rayhaan Tulloch in a Premier League 2 match.
We hope to see two or three brought into the club next month. It should be a priority to get this Academy stocked with budding talent.