As confirmed by the Chronicle this morning, Newcastle United have moved one step closer to signing highly-rated Young Boys striker Yannick Toure, with the 17-year-old talent arriving for a trial at the club ahead of a potential summer move.
The striker was first linked with the club back in December, with the Mail’s Craig Hope then confirming we were in talks to sign Toure at the start of the year after scouts were left impressed by the striker.
The Senegalese striker stands 6ft 1′ (despite being just 17!) and has an impressive goalscoring record at youth level for both club and country, scoring twice on his Switzerland U-17 debut and bagging 24 in 25 games for Young Boys U-17’s and 7 in 14 for Young Boys U-18’s.
We’ve heard this all a thousand times before, but he’s tipped as being the next big thing to come out of Switzerland, so it could be a real coup for the club to get him signed up to our U-23 set up.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle:
“Highly-rated Toure is reported to have been watched by Arsenal and Juventus and although he was born in Senegal he holds a Swiss passport, so would be able to join Newcastle if he impresses on trial. A quick striker, he can also play on either wing and would be viewed as a player with potential to break into the first team in the coming years.
“Although he is out of contract in the summer, United may have to pay compensation for him if they decide to follow up initial interest. He was pictured on the social media feeds of some of the under-18 players this week as Newcastle offered him the opportunity to showcase his wares.
“His is one of a number of young players Newcastle are taking a look at as they prepare to re-stock a squad that will see a number of players leave in the summer. Newcastle have only offered two of their under-23 players new contracts as they clear the decks at that level.”
Good news, with our U-23 set up in dire need of improvement – let’s hope he impresses!
Here’s him in action: