Whilst we wait to see if Mike Ashley will allow any first team signings to come in during January, Newcastle United also continue to be linked with a number of younger ‘bargain’ signings, both in England and abroad.
With the window opening in just over three weeks time, the French media have once again claimed that Newcastle are still pursuing Anthony Koura.
At the end of October it was reported that the 22 year old striker was watched by Newcastle, Sunderland and Watford, Anthony Koura scoring in a 1-1 home draw with Dijon.
That was his only his first goal of the season but he followed that up with a late winner against Creteil in the following match, with Newcastle once again reported to be watching. Since then the striker has added one more goal in a 2-2 draw at Valenciennes.
Three goals isn’t a headline making amount but Nimes are really struggling, rock bottom of Ligue 2 with only eight points, six adrift of the closest team. In the last year of his contract, Nimes are set to look to do a deal for Anthony Koura in January for around £1m.
Koura has played at all youth levels for France up to under 19s.
The name may resonate with a few Newcastle fans as when he was still at Le Mans as a 19 year old, Anthony Koura actually spent time on trial at Newcastle in pre-season of summer 2012.
Despite reportedly impressing the Newcastle set-up at the time and scoring a couple of goals in a friendly against Hamilton Academicals, no deal was done and the striker moved on to Nimes.
No surprise to see Newcastle continually linked with young players in France and with the signing of Ivan Toney this summer, as well as the likes of Amalfitano and Ayoze Perez, they have shown that they aren’t shy of bringing in players from lower levels in the UK and abroad, in the hope that they might get a bargain.