By Danny Wright
Newcastle are facing a battle for Caen teenager Yann Karamoh, according to a report.
The Shields Gazette claims that French giants Monaco are rivalling the Magpies to acquire the 18-year-old attacker this summer.
However, Karamoh has ruled out a move to the Ligue 1 champions as he is looking to play consistent first-team football in a bid to stop his career from stalling after a stunning breakthrough season in the French top-flight with Caen.
“If I had the choice, I would go to a club where I would play,” said the teen sensation, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.
“I do not want to go to Monaco to go on loan.
“When I see (Allan) Saint-Maximin – who has been on loan at Bastia – I think ‘I just played 35 matches this season’, and I wonder if it’d be worth it.
“I want to play. I want to go to a club where I could continue to mature in two or three years.”
Karamoh is a right winger, who can also be deployed on the left flank or as a striker.
He scored five goals and supplied four assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for Caen this season, as well as earning his first Under-19 cap with France in October.
The Ivory Coast-born youngster only made his first senior appearance when he came off the bench on the first day of the season in a 3-2 win against Lorient, but has since become a key part of the French top flight club’s first-team.
Football Insider Verdict
Karamoh definitely looks like a very exciting young prospect that could prove to have a lot of resale value in the future. Even if he doesn’t get instant first-team football with the Magpies, they could always arrange a deal to return him to Caen for a season-long loan, which would be great for all parties concerned. It’s good to see that Karamoh isn’t worried about pushing through a big move to a top club in the near future and it’s refreshing to see a youngster who has his sights set on earning invaluable first-team football. He has only had one senior season, but could still go on to be a great winger for any Premier League team.
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