Garang Kuol has already been warned on his future amid transfer links with a move to Newcastle United.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
On Tuesday, Sky Sports reported that the club were close to finalising an agreement over a move for the Central Coast Mariners forward, which followed up on reports from the Sydney Morning Herald over the course of the weekend.
Earlier this month, The Athletic revealed several top European sides had registered an interest in the player, who has scored four goals in eight A-League games and recently broke into the Australia squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Borussia Dortmund and Celtic were also credited with an interest, although it appears Newcastle are set to win the race. Still, the sight of Kuol playing for Eddie Howe’s side may be a while off, with a loan move to Portuguese side reportedly likely in order to help the 18-year-old attain a UK work permit.
Who is Garang Kuol and where does he play?
According to Transfermarkt, the teenager largely operates as either a striker or an attacking midfielder.
Born in Sudan before moving to Egypt and then Australia, Kuol first played as both a goalkeeper and a central defender but later made his breakthrough striker.
After scoring four goals in his first seven League appearances, the teenager was selected to play Barcelona as part of the 2022 A-League All Stars, where he impressed Xavi.
GARANG KUOL SO CLOSE!!
The youngster almost completed his amazing run through the middle with a goal! #AASvFCB #BarcaInSydney pic.twitter.com/hfxBejGbTo
— 10 Football (@10FootballAU) May 25, 2022
Indeed, the Barca boss told Network 10 (via The Chronicle) in May: “He created many chances and almost scored. 17? Maybe he’s a big liar! At (17), that’s unbelievable. All the best for him, and all the players.”
What has been said about Kuol and Newcastle?
Speaking to Sunday Morning Herald earlier this week, Australia midfielder Daniel Arzani warned his countryman off an early move to a big European side.
Arzani himself was a promising hope for Australian football and moved to Manchester City but has since struggled to build on that early promise.
“It’s very important for him to take the next step in the correct direction,” Arzani said.
“The people around him that are advising him, hopefully will help him do that – his manager, the coaching staff and that around him. My situation was a little bit different: I was already signed to Melbourne City [who are owned by Manchester City], I had a year left on my deal, and I was kind of forced to go … not that I was forced, but I didn’t really have a choice.”
“For him, I just think do as much research as you can and look into playing opportunities wherever you’re going to go. That’s the most important thing for young players – to get minutes.”
When speaking of a potential loan move after signing for a new club, Arzani said: “They’re not paying your salary, they don’t really have that much to gain if you play well, so for them they don’t really care – unless you go in there day one and you’re incredible.
“For them, it’s not that big of a deal [if you fail]. It’s just important to make the right decision, where you’re going to go. I made a couple of bad decisions with clubs that I went to, it’s always difficult when you’re just going out on six-month loans here and there; it’s difficult to get a spot in the team and to really feel wanted there.”