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Report – Newcastle To Scout Turkish Youngster Likened To Hakan Calhanoglu

According to a report in Turkish Football, Newcastle will send scouts to Turkey to watch Goztepe midfielder Efe Binici.

The 19-year-old plays for Goztepe’s U19 side and will be watched when they take on Konyaspor U19s this Saturday. Bournemouth and Watford will also have representatives present at the match.

Binici joined Goztepe from Aydinspor on a free transfer in 2018. He’s played 16 times with 4 goals for their U19s this season. The midfielder has also been called up for Turkey’s U19s but has yet to make an appearance.

There’s a report from earlier this week in Calcio Mercato that both AC Milan and Sassuolo have recently scouted Binici. The report says that the his style of play is reminiscent of Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, who Newcastle were linked with last month.

It also says that Greek club Olympiacos were readying a bid of £2.7m with a 30% sell-on clause for any future fee. However, it is not expected to be accepted by Goztepe.

Newcastle have several excellent midfield prospects at the academy in Reagan Thomson, Bobby Clark, and Joe White. Thomson scored a goal for Scotland’s U17s against Hungary this past Friday.

We’ll see if anything comes from the scouting mission on Saturday for Efe Binici, who just turned 19 last week.

5 comments so far

  • Slatymag

    Feb 12, 2020 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1


    May I suggest you pass your information on to either George Caulkin or Harry De Cosemo. I think your story could form the basis of canny piece showing how football club owners, and our’s in particular, hold their true paymasters -Sky in such high regard, while the paying fans are becoming more and more marginalised (lack of communication, proven lies).

    The narrative fits a treat with NUFC as MA seems to have nothing but disdain for his customers, to the extent that even with the rumours of one of the richest organisations in the world interested in finally taking this unwanted burden off his hands we are still unsure whether the Sky ride is just to comfortable for him to get off.

    Bus moved.

    I appreciate I’m preaching to the converted.

  • Jiayou! (The next MW)

    Feb 12, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    if hes that good why is he still playing u19 football in the turkish league. its a shocking league and even bafetemi gomis got about 30 goals last season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    The next MW,
    How’s Tenk Tuscan being doing at Palace?

  • Jiayou! (The next MW)

    Feb 12, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    mediocre as usual id guess unless hes hit abit form. but cenk came from playing in the top flightand nationalteam, not u19 league. sure he was a ridiculous price back then too.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I remember when we were linked with him. You simply can’t get it right all the time Leicester paid 30M for Slimani, Everton 27M for Tuscan neither has sent either club bust, if Rafa had of spent that kind of money on either one of them which was a distinct possibility, he’d have been crucified. He’s actually already been crucified for that J?rgen§øn bloke who we didn’t even sign and may well have been even more of a success than Rondon.


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