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.’

  • Jezza

    Are you sure Carr has left the club?

    • MadMag83

      He could be working freelance….

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      What’s your point? you want a ban on French players? We’re still in the EU!

      • Jezza

        Did I say anything about not wanting French players? Did I? I thought I just made a tongue in cheek comment about wondering if Carr had really left the club based on the fact that NUFC had been linked with yet another kid we’ve never heard of from France.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Is that a bad thing? Leicester and now Everton have a strong scouting team (led by Steve Walsh) in France and there is a risk we could fall behind now Carr has gone. I hope that doesn’t happen but note Everton have given Walsh a Carr type role.

          • Jezza

            The difference is that Leicester have had success with their unknown players from France. NUFC’s track record with Carr’s discoveries from France was very poor indeed. Leicester got Mahrez, we got the likes of Cabella, Riviere and Thauvin.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            They’ve had a similar success rate to Carr, Walsh copied Carr. Leicester happen to have won the league and it could be argued Leicester followed Walsh’s suggestions to the letter whereas, we missed out on Carr’s picks

  • Alex

    Charnley will probably come back with Harold Steptoe.

    • Leicester Mag

      Well the club is run like a rag and bone operation. Can just imagine Penfold and Ashley with a horse and cart trawling clubs for cheap buys

      • Porciestreet

        Assuming he’s finally put the horse on the right end of the cart…..!

  • Desree

    hard to get excited about signing young players when we never give them a chance anyway

  • Rich Lawson

    As a voyer he will be used to a lot of watching,hopefully not by us tho’. Yes it’s great to see investment in youth (for future 1st team,not sell on) but we desperately need experience who can hit the ground running in the prem’.

  • HappyToons

    Last time I heard the name ‘Harold’ it was Steptoe and Son…’you dirty old man’,… there must be an ‘ism’ somewhere?