Newcastle United Face Competition For Striker

Salzburg Also Linked With Swiss Teenager

Newcastle United transfer news

Newcastle United face competition for teenage striker Yannick Toure. The 17-year-old has been on the Magpies watchlist for much of the season. He has just seven league appearances for the club’s reserve team playing in the fourth division of Swiss football, but he has found the net on no fewer than six occasions this season at an average of one goal for every 105 minutes on the pitch.

Arsenal and Juventus are also being linked with Toure, but reports from Austria are suggesting today that Red Bull Salzburg may be Newcastle’s main competition. The Austrian club’s scouting division has had immense success in recent years. Salzburg act almost like a feeder club for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig with no fewer than ten players moving between the two clubs in recent years.

Although Toure was born in Senegal he has represented Switzerland at under-17 level scoring twice in their victory over Austria in May.

The youngster has yet to sign a new contract with Young Boys and can leave at a fee decided by Fifa. That’s likely to be somewhere around the £400,000 mark.

Some outlets are suggesting that Newcastle see Toure as the answer to their striking problems this season. But it’s unlikely that a teenager playing fourth division football in Switzerland is pitched straight in to the first team at a Premier League club. If Toure arrives at St James’s Park he is likely to be one for the future.