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Newcastle so close in chase for Aussie wonderkid Garang Kuol – Sport News

 

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Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing young Australian forward Garang Kuol on a permanent deal.

The 18-year-old currently plies his trade for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and his performances have attracted various suitors from around the globe.

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Despite rumoured interest from Celtic, it looks like Newcastle have done enough to secure the signature of the highly-rated forward.

According to Sky Sports, the only stumbling block surrounding the transfer is when it comes to sealing a work permit for the youngster.

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The Magpies hierarchy are already looking at ways around work permit issues – with a potential loan move to a European side an option.

Kuol first put himself on the map with a performance for the A-League All Stars against Barcelona in a pre-season friendly.

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Barcelona boss Xavi heaped praise on the youngster following his cameo.

Xavi said: ‘[He’s] very fast, he created many chances. We concede two or three chances because of him. So a great .er and a great future. He’s a talent.’

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In another exciting cameo, Kuol recently made his international debut against New Zealand  becoming the youngest Socceroo to . for Australia since Harry Kewell.

Kuol came on with his side already a goal up and the teenager helped to secure the friendly victory with his good work resulting in a penalty  which was successfully converted by former Shrewsbury Town man Jason Cummings.

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The winger picked the ball up deep in his own half before racing past his opponents, demonstrating his pace. Kuol then squared the ball across the box w. a scramble resulted in a New Zealand handball.

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Newcastle have spent big since their new owners came in but Kuol will be regarded as a .er for the future and a cheaper alternative to big-money options.

If a work permit can’t be secured during the January transfer window, the Australian is likely to link up with his Newcastle team-mates next summer.

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