REVEALED – 10 hidden gems Graham Carr recommended at NUFC before they made it big

7. Virgil Van Dijk

In March 2012, The Chronicle reported that Newcastle were in talks with Groningen to sign 20-year-old centre-back Virgil Van Dijk. Carr regularly scouted in Holland as well as France and Belgium and was said to be impressed by the Dutch U-21 International, but a deal failed to materialise.

5 years later, Van Dijk is one of the most sought after centre-backs in world football, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester City all battling for his £50m signature from Southampton this summer.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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