Less than a year after Newcastle scouts watched him in CSKA Moscow’s Champions League clash with Benfica, it has now been confirmed that Aaron Olanare has left the Russian giants by ‘mutual consent’ – making him available to sign on a free.
The 6ft 3′ powerhouse spent last season on loan with fellow Russian Premier League side Amkar Perm – going on to score 2 goals in 8 appearances – however the 24-year-old was released by CSKA last month.
Here’s the tweet from scouting database ‘Scouts in Attendance’, confirming we had scouted him several times last year:
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) September 14, 2017
Olanare has two goals in seven appearances for Nigeria and may just be considered by Rafa Benitez if we are ever in desperate need for a striker over the coming months.
Currently, our options include Rondon, Joselu and Muto (although it’s unlikely the latter will be used as a lone striker much).
An injury to either Rondon or Joselu may force Rafa into considering his options – and Olanare could be one IF we were remotely impressed by him during scouting.