Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern were relatively satisfied with their side in the Magpies’ 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday, despite twice going ahead at St Mary’s only to be pegged back.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash on the South Coast having won three of their opening seven Premier League matches, but looked on course to register a fourth as goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez twice put them in front against the Saints. However, striker Manolo Gabbiadini netted a brace, the second from the penalty spot following Florian Lejeune’s foul on Shane Long, to secure a point for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, a result which keeps Newcastle firmly lodged inside the top of the division in ninth place.
Several of our resident Magpies fans toasted a good point on the South Coast on Sunday, and they are likely to be further encouraged by a recent report from The Sun, which outlines the club’s interest in French starlet Nordine Ibouroi.
The 19-year-old striker currently plays his trade for non-league side FC Martigues in the fourth tier of French football, and has shot to prominence in recent times following a string of impressive displays for the club.
And alongside a fine strike against Monaco’s reserves back in September, Ibouroi appears to be going from strength to strength, and as such he is reportedly attracting interest from Benitez’s Newcastle, as well as Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.
The Magpies will surely be on the lookout for young talent in a bid to strengthen their hand for the years to come, but whether they can fend off interest from the Potters as well as several other clubs around the continent very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Much was made of Newcastle United’s struggles to land top transfer targets during the summer, with manager Rafa Benitez occasionally making his frustrations clear.
And although they have started well, they appear to be planning for the long-term following reports of their interest in young French striker Nordine Ibouroi, a 19-year-old currently playing his trade in non-league.
He scored a wonderful goal against Monaco’s reserves back in September to underline his talent, and although other clubs around Europe are also interested in the starlet, including Stoke City, the Magpies should be confident of luring him to St James’ Park, especially were the proposed takeover to go through in the coming weeks and months.
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