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Newcastle want to sign Inter Milan young star dubbed the new Obafemi Martins – Report

3 weeks ago
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Newcastle United are keen on signing the ‘new’ Obafemi Martins according to reports from Italy.

To be honest, I thought the one-time NUFC striker was a total one-off.

A striker capable of outrageous goals but totally unpredictable.

Newcastle United bought (the original) Obafemi Martins as a 21 year from Inter Milan in 2005, the Nigerian striker going on to score 28 Premier League goals.

The ‘new’ Obafemi Martins that is being talked about is Degnand Wilfried Gnonto.

He is only 15 but FC Inter News report that both Newcastle United and Arsenal have been watching the young striker and are keen on him.

Gnonto has regularly been playing above his age group and earlier this year was moved up to Inter’s Under 17s and scored eight goals nd got three assists in 11 matches, before then being¬† promoted again to the Under 18s this season despite being only 18.

The striker turns 16 in six days time (5 November 2019) and Inter Milan want to tie him down immediately to a three year professional contract, to try and ensure Arsenal or Newcastle don’t move in for him.

However, the young striker is out in Brazil at the moment as part of the Italian team competing in the Under 17s World Cup.

So any professional contract to be signed with Inter is likely to be delayed until the Italians exit the tournament, sometime up to an including 17 November when the final will be played.

Gnonto and his international teammates play Mexico on Thursday and then Paraguay on Sunday, having won their first group match 5-0 against the Solomon Islands, the young Inter Milan striker scoring two  and getting an assist.

FC Inter News describe the forward as ‘a real player, a pure talent’, so interesting to see if Newcastle do attempt to sign him.

There have been claims in recent months that Mike Ashley/Newcastle United were looking to recruit more younger players.

Gnonto has been with Inter Milan since the age of nine and the report says the young striker dreams of playing for Italy and not Ivory Coast, where his parents are from.

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