The Chronicle have confirmed that Newcastle have sent scouts to watch highly-rated Japanese international Ritsu Doan – with the Groningen winger said to be available for just shy of £2m.
Doan is rated as one of the biggest talents in Japan and has been impressing in the Dutch Eredivisie lately, managing 10 goals last season as a 19-year-old and bagging 4 goals and 2 assists so far this term.
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s piece on the winger today:
‘Newcastle United have checked out Japan international winger Ritsu Doan ahead of the January transfer window.
‘Sources in Holland have indicated United have taken a look at 20-year-old Doan in recent months with the player currently plying his trade in the Eredivisie with Groningen.
‘United are keen to bolster their options out wide and Doan can play on either side of the field.
‘Doan has also been tracked by Manchester City in January but they won’t be able to offer him the same amount of first team chances as Newcastle.
‘Doan was linked with a move to Man City last summer and has a price tag of £1.7million.’
Unfortunately, Rafa seems to have to do his shopping around Europe, with he and our scouts forced to sniff out cut-price bargains, however Doan does sound like a potential bargain at this price.
Whether he’s who we need right now – being an unproven 20-year-old – is a completely different matter, however.
Here’s him in action: