Sky Sports have revealed that following an agreement in principle with Central Coast Mariners, Garang Kuol will now travel to Tyneside/Newcastle United to clarify his medical and personal conditions.
Featuring the exciting teenage forward then signing his NUFC contract.
According to Sky Sports, Garang Kuol will be officially registered as a Newcastle United player when the transfer window opens in January.
Garang Kuol will then initially be loaned directly to a club on the continent, the broadcaster said. Some European clubs have already expressed their interest in loaning the 18-year-old, Sky Sports said on New Year’s Day.
On Tuesday, Keith Downie (who reports on Newcastle United for Sky Sports) said he had been informed that Newcastle were close to finalizing a deal to sign Garang Kuol from the Central Coast Mariners.
Hopefully this deal will actually be signed very soon.
It was two weeks ago that beIN Sports in Australia first exclusively reported being told Newcastle had agreed the framework of a deal with Central Coast Mariners and personal terms with the 5ft 9 forward. They said a four-year framework contract and an initial wage of £25,000 a week had been agreed for Garang Kuol, with only the finishing touches and contract to be signed.
Garang Kuol is considered one of the most exciting young talents in Australia. The teenager has scored four goals in short appearances in just 189 minutes of A-League action and made plenty of headlines Down Under.
According to the report from Bein Sports (Australia), they have been told that Garang Kuol will stay with Central Coast Mariners until January, when he will officially become a Newcastle United player.
On Sunday, Garang Kuol shone on his debut for Australia and his 20-minute performance was crowned by opening up the New Zealand defense to a penalty shoot-out that confirmed Australia’s (2-0) victory.
This rise to international football should help Garang Kuol meet work permit requirements and complete the move to Newcastle United as the teenager now has every chance of forming Australia’s squad for the World Cup finals in Qatar. The Aussies are in a group with France, Denmark and Tunisia. With FIFA increasing the squad size for this World Cup from 23 to 26 players, it’s easier to include the odd wildcard/youngster like Kuol.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez hailed Kuol as an “incredible” talent after using him for The A-League All Stars against Barcelona earlier this year. In May, Barca won 3-2 but Garang Kuol was a real handful, hitting the post and making a number of saves from the opposing goalkeeper.
The report from Bein Sports (Australia) states that his contract includes a release clause, whereby the initial fee should not be particularly high, but that the Central Coast Mariners will also receive “impressive surcharges and a share of future transfer fees”.
Newcastle United’s new line-up has already been very busy signing plenty of young talent going forward, as well as the more headline-grabbing senior signings. The likes of Charlie McArthur, Jordan Hackett, Jude Smith and Alex Murphy have all contributed to the U21 NUFC’s strength in recent months.