Newcastle And Arsenal Tracking The ‘New Oba Martins’ – Report

FCInterNews have a report that both Newcastle and Arsenal are tracking Inter Milan’s 15-year-old striker Degnand Wilfried Gnonto.

The report claims that despite the player not turning 16 until next month, the Serie A club is going to offer the Italian Under-17 international his first professional contract. They are in a rush to do this to ward off any advances from Newcastle and Arsenal.

Gnonto has scored 5 goals in his 5 appearances for the Italian Under-18s and is considered a top prospect by the club. The report also refers to him as Il nuovo Oba Martins (The new Oba Martins).

The former Inter Milan striker Martins joined Newcastle in 2006 and took over the number 9 shirt from the retiring Alan Shearer.

Here is some footage of the player in a recent Italy U-18 match where Gnonto scored two and assisted on another.

With the youngster rising through the Italian national and Inter Milan ranks, we doubt that Newcastle have much of a chance at landing the prospect. However, it is positive that the club is linked to promising youngsters like Gnonto.

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