Newcastle beat out Barcelona to sign teen wonder kid Garang Kuol. The forward will spend the next month with Central Coast Mariners before heading to Qatar with the Australian national team.
Kuol’s capture shows the reach of Newcastle’s scouting network which is looking to find gems across the globe. The increased budget for the academy should see these types of signings on a regular basis moving forward.
I’s Mark Douglas understands that Newcastle are determined to land a marquee prospect from South America after Kuol. He confirms reports from last month that contact was made for Vasco da Gama midfielder Andrey Santos.
The 18-year-old is rated at around £30m after signing a new deal last month. He is tied to the Brazilian club until 2027 and they are in no rush to sell their prized asset. Director Paulo Bracks said the following after the news broke of Newcastle’s interest:
“Vasco does not have, under this new management, a need to sell athletes. There will be financial stability at the club. Obviously, business will happen. But within an acceptance. From normal negotiations.
“Vasco’s contracts will be stronger and stronger. There is no proposal on the table. Many people approached him. A lot of people who shouldn’t, by the way. Andrey is a Vasco player, with a secure contract. If there is a possibility to negotiate, we will. But not this year.”
Vasco da Gama’s season wraps up next month and Santos has turned into a key player. He’s made 28 appearances, all starts, in Brazil’s second tier with 7 goals and was involved with the U20s at the national level over the summer.
These are the types of youth signings Newcastle will hope to bring in. While his price tag is very high, adding potential world-class stars is going to be an aim in future windows.