Newcastle scouts watched Oghenekaro Etebo play on Saturday night according to reports this morning.

Nigerian media organisation OwnGoalNigeria say that Newcastle representatives were in Portugal to watch the Pacos Ferreira v  CD Feirense match.

Oghenekaro Etebo plays as a box to box/attacking midfielder for Feirense and they won 1-0.

Now 21, he moved from Nigerian football to Portugal in January 2016, having already made his debut for the national (Nigerian) side as a 17 year old.

On 7 January 2016, Etebo won the Most Promising Talent of the Year award at the CAF Awards.

Etebo played the full match and he is expected to move on this summer to a bigger stage than Portuguese league football.

OwnGoalNigeria report that as well as Newcastle, Leicester City have also show interest. Whilst Sevilla and Monaco are also said to have been watching the player.

  • Jezza

    We can’t go on relying on young players from overseas. We need to sign players with Premiership experience. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are as long as they have proven themselves in the Premiership.

    • Geordie-7676

      Without doubt, but there is also room for promising young talent – The only way clubs will find the next ‘Ronaldo’ is by taking a punt (Not saying this kid is the next superstar of course) on an unknown quantity.

      The important thing is that the unproven signings are not the only targets.

      • tuocsajian

        All you have said would be true if he was suuuuch an unproven signing… He ripped up the Nigerian league within 2 seasons, became his team’s best player in Europe within another 2 seasons, then walked straight into national team first 11. EPL/Top 5 league is next logical step him. Oh btw, he keeps Ndidi on the bench for Nigeria..

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      It’s a connundrum. There has been talk of Carrick (I suspect it’s just talk unless Jose really doesn’t want him) who would fit the bill as a clever, tidy, experienced, Geordie midfielder albeit on huge wages but it would leave us very slow in the midfield . The other extreme is to go for a guy like this rumour where he’s undoubtedly got an engine and a bit of pace to help out JonJo.

      • Jezza

        I wouldn’t touch Carrick with a bargepole. He wouldn’t be any different to any of the other big name players from top clubs who have come to St James’s Park in the very twilight of their careers. He’d come for one reason and one reason only, one last big pay day. We don’t want any more like Sol Campbell or Ian Rush.

        As for the youngsters from overseas, the problem is that the NUFC regime are not thinking of team building when they sign these players, they are just looking at investment potential.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Yes, I see your point but who’s going to come in? You have the players with premier league experience but why come to Newcastle? Perhaps Sigurdsson may fancy it but he failed at Tottenham and why leave Swansea for us? Mark Noble at West Ham would be another but why would he?

          I think you have to be realistic, promoted teams do well to pick up the best of the Championship, best of the relegated players and a few who are not getting a game in the established teams.

          • Jezza

            I’d rather have Pardew back as manager with Carver as his assistant and Shola returning as our first choice striker than see us sign Terry.