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Newcastle in talks to sign Harold Voyer – Reports

4 years ago
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Newcastle United are in talks to sign Harold Voyer according to reports in France.

The 20 year old defender is with PSG and so far has only played at various youth levels before making seven appearances for their reserve team last season.

Footmercato report that Rafa Benitez wants to bring the young defender in and that Newcastle are talking to the player’s representatives.

The French media organisation also say that both Fulham and Leeds have been watching Harold Voyer and are interested in taking him.

Whether this transfer story has legs or not, it isn’t really one that will get Newcastle fans excited as they see the Premier League season less than four weeks away and such limited first team strengthening so far.

However, Rafa Benitez has already shown this summer that he is keen to keep on with the job of trying to repair Newcastle United at the lower levels as well.

Earlier this month (see below) the club confirmed that they had now received international clearance for young signings Juanito and Tyrique Bartlett, as well as picking up Stefan O’Connor and Josef Yarney, who had been released by Arsenal and Everton respectively.

Sunday saw encouraging news for younger players at the club, as Rafa Benitez included both local lad Callum Roberts and Spaniard Victor Fernandez who was signed in February, in his 27 player group who travelled for a pre-season training camp in Ireland.

Official Newcastle United Statement:

Newcastle United have completed the signings of young duo Stefan O’Connor and Josef Yarney.

O’Connor, 20, and Yarney, 19, have both put pen to paper on contracts at St. James’ Park, and will link up with Peter Beardsley and Ben Dawson’s Under-23s squad.

London-born centre half O’Connor joins the Magpies after leaving Arsenal in the summer, where he had spent seven years since signing from Crystal Palace.

Having been capped by England at England Under-17 level, he made one senior appearance for the Gunners, coming on as a substitute in a Champions League win against Galatasaray in December 2014.

O’Connor has also spent time on loan at then-League Two side York City and Dutch outfit MVV Maastricht.

Yarney, meanwhile, is also a defender, and arrives on Tyneside after leaving Everton earlier in the summer.

While at Goodison Park, the Liverpool-born youngster progressed through the ranks to second-string level, making three appearances for the Toffees’ Under-23s side in the Checkatrade Trophy last term.

He featured once as a trialist for the Magpies’ Under-23s last season, coming on as a substitute during their final Premier League 2 game of the season, a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough in April.

Both players have begun pre-season training with the rest of United’s development squad at the Little Benton Academy, and could feature when the Under-23s travel to Darlington for their first pre-season friendly on Monday, 17th July.

Meanwhile, United have received international clearance for fellow youngsters Juanito and Tyrique Bartlett.’

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