Pardew looks to trump West Ham and Manchester City for Olympic sensation

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Newcastle target Papa Moussa KonateNewcastle United and Manchester City have joined West Ham in the race to sign Maccabi Tel Aviv attacker Papa Moussa Konate according to the Daily Mail.

Newcastle are in the market for a new striker, with former Magpie Andy Carroll and Frenchman Loic Remy both being mooted, but it looks as though Alan Pardew could look to form a Senegalese striking trio and add Papa Moussa Konate to his front line of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

Papa Moussa Konate is currently making a name for himself at the London 2012 Olympics, as he is finding the back of the net for Senegal with ease.

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The equaliser against Team GB last week was followed up with a brace against Uruguay at the weekend and he’ll be looking to score again against UAE in Senegal’s final group game tomorrow evening.

His first goal in the Olympics football tournament was a neat finish as Konate chipped the ball over Jack Butland, while his third was a well taken header from a corner, with a tap-in sandwiched in between.

The 19-year-old only joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv last year, but his form on these shores is sure to result in Premier League interest this summer.

West Ham are thought to be showing the strongest interest in the athletic striker, but Newcastle and Manchester City are both keen on picking up young footballing talent where they can.

The one drawback is that Konate is likely to be heading off to the African Cup of Nations next year if Senegal can get past the Ivory Coast, but his potential makes him much more than just a signing for the next 12 months.


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