Newcastle United will be represented when Moussa Konate takes the field today.
The Senegalese striker will be turning out for Swiss side FC Sion when they take on Young Boys of Berne this afternoon.
The 21 year old forward has 7 goals in 15 appearances for the Swiss club this season and according to the Mail on Sunday, NUFC Head of Recruitment Steve Nixon will be watching from the stands today as United continue to monitor the striker’s progress.
Konate first came to prominence at the London Olympics, scoring 5 goals in 4 matches to end as the tournament’s second top scorer.
Despite only being 21, the striker has been around, Swizerland is now the fifth country where he’s played club football. Starting off in his native Senegal, Konate has played in Israel, Russia and the Turkey on loan, before ending up at FC Sion.
The striker has potential and was a non-playing member of the Senegal squad at the African Cup of Nations in January, but you would hope he’d be one for the future if Newcastle follow up their interest.
Though yet again with Mike Ashley’s transfer policy it is hard to see the Newcastle owner paying the going rate for any established striker, so the odds are that forwards bought in the summer will be significant gambles, in terms of everything but the price tag.
Fans with a few years on the clock may recall that FC Sion was where Kevin Keegan signed Marc Hottiger from in the nineties, the right-back arriving at the same time as Philippe Albert after both had appeared at the 1994 World Cup in America.