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25.10.2008 Football News

Mensah on trials at Newcastle

Rising Ghana-born star Kevin Mensah is on trial at Newcastle United again, after having completed a trial at the club last season.


The Denmark Under-18 international, who can still play for Ghana, has been invited back to join the club after failing to impress enough to sign a permanent contract at the end of last season.

Newcastle scout Ole Nielsen has been monitoring the 17-year-old striker's progress and has hinted that the club may be ready to make a bid after the trial finishes.  

Nielsen told "Kevin has come over to prove that he is good enough, and that he has what we seek, and he has to also see if Newcastle have anything for him, this is two-way.


"Now, some things happened in the club last year which means that he came over again.  


"But I have some of the reports from last year when he did so well and so I have had a good dialogue with (sporting director) Steffen Hojer in Viborg."


Nielsen has suggested that the Newcastle scouts believe Mensah can make the grade in the Premier League, and has indicated a bid could be imminent, but also assured that no decision would be made before the end of his trial.

"As far as I am aware, an agreement that we should offer an amount of money to Mensah has not been made," said Nielsen.


"Now we see him, and then we take the decision.


"But it is clear if we think he is good enough we will get a bid in, and so then it's out of my hands how the negotiations go.


"But yes, we are interested in him, otherwise we would not bring him over again."

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