Rafa Benitez has added Yannick Toure to his Newcastle United set-up.
The young striker was first linked with Newcastle back in November 2017 (see below).
Then in early May a pre-contract was signed with NUFC, the forward out of contract this summer at Young Boys.
It was also widely reported that he had came to spend time at St James Park before the season ended, to get used to his new club.
Yannick Toure doesn’t turn 18 until September and is a rare signing for below the first team after Rafa brought in any number of young players in his first full season in charge.
The player was pictured arriving at Newcastle Airport this weekend and with his contract having now ended yesterday (end of June), he will become officially a Newcastle United player.
Whilst no transfer fee will need to be agreed, United will have to pay compensation for his development at the Swiss club.
The Mag – 30 November 2017:
Rafa Benitez is having Yannick Toure watched according to reports on Thursday afternoon.
The young striker was born in Dakar (Senegal) but not has a Swiss passport and has indeed played for Switzerland at Under 17 level.
The Mail report that the 17 year old is being scouted by a number of clubs, including Newcastle United.
They say that he hasn’t agreed a new contract yet with Young Boys and so if he could move to Newcastle, or elsewhere, though the Swiss club would be entitled to compensation for his development – fee to be assessed by FIFA.
Yannick Toure is rated as one of the best young strikers in Switzerland’s brightest attacking prospects and is said to be set for promotion shortly to the national Under 19 squad.
Rafa Benitez brought in a series of young players from various countries throughout last season, as he tried to improve the quality of the age groups under first team level.
Otto Huuhtanen (Finland), Mo Sangare (Liberia), Elias Sorensen (Denmark), Juanito (Spain) and Tyrique Bartlett (South Africa) were all brought in, though things have been quiet on that front so far this season.