Newcastle United are being linked with a move for Sochaux midfielder Haykeul Chikhaoui. The 17 year old is an attacking midfielder and of Tunisian descent.
Chikhaoui has made 2 appearances for Sochaux B side and is said to have tremendous potential.
The Marseille born started his career with FC Burel aged 5 and was at the club till the age of 14 before moving to Sochaux.
Current Newcastle Star Hatem Ben Arfa is the young midfielder’s role model, a fact that coulf act in favor of Newcastle should the clubs interest become concrete.
This is what Chikhaoui said about any potential from the French club,
” From what I know, Newcastle United and Manchester City follow me but my agent takes care of all that. I am focused on FC Sochuax and i have recently joined the first team squad and with who I want to play.”
The Magpies have not hidden their intentions of bringing young talent through the academy rather than paying hefty transfer fees and in recent years acquired players like Kevin Mbabu, Oliver Kemen and Curtis good. This could be seen as another step in that direction to bring in more young talent.
Reports have also been circulating in last few weeks that Newcastle have also agreed a deal for 18 year old Saint-Etienne defender Nathan Dekoke.