Hearts win the race to sign Garang Kuol on loan from Newcastle after Magpies boss Eddie Howe revealed Aussie wonderkid needed to play regular football following his Premier League switch
- Newcastle signed Garang Kuol from Central Coast Mariners this month
- Eddie Howe is keen for Australian teenager to play regular football
- The 18-year-old is poised to join Hearts on loan for the rest of the season
- Kuol visited Hearts’ training facilities last week along with his agent
Newcastle United forward Garang Kuol is poised to join Hearts on loan in January, just days after signing for the Premier League club.
Newcastle signed the 18-year-old forward from Central Coast Mariners in September for £290,000, but Kuol only completed the switch to the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
Magpies manager Eddie Howe, however, made clear last week he wanted the Australian to get some regular football under his belt before competing for his place at St James’ Park.
Hearts have won the race to sign Australian wonderkid Garang Kuol on loan from Newcastle
Kuol attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs including Reading, but Hearts – who have fellow Aussies Kye Rowles, Cam Devlin and Nathaniel Atkinson on their books – look to have won the race to the teenager.
Kuol and his representatives met Hearts sporting director Joe Savage last week were provided a tour of the club’s training facilities at Oriam, while the first team prepared for Saturday’s match against St Mirren.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson hailed the young Australian as a ‘huge prospect’ and admitted he was hopeful of welcoming him to Tynecastle in January.
‘He’s a player we’re interested in so he came up for a look around with his agent,’ he told reporters.
Kuol signed Newcastle in September last year and only completed his move in January
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said he wanted the 18-year-old to play regular football
‘He’s got a number of clubs that are very interested in him. He’s a huge prospect. He’s one we’ve known about for quite a long time because he comes from the same team as Kye Rowles was at.
‘The opportunity came to speak to him so we brought him up and we’ll see where it goes. […]
‘We’d love to get him here but we’ll just have to wait and see because he’s an 18-year-old who has been playing at the World Cup so I’m sure there will be a lot of suitors.
‘He’s an attacking player, he’s quick, he scores goals, takes people on. A very exciting player.’
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson hailed Kuol as a ‘huge prospect’ last week
Speaking last week, Howe confirmed Kuol was likely to go out on loan in January in order to develop, before eventually moving to St James’ Park on a permanent basis.
‘I do think for the player’s development, he needs to go and play,’ he said.
‘If possible, that would be at a very good level, with a good club and a good coach.
The 18-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Australia’s World Cup squad
Kuol played his junior football for the Goulburn Valley Suns in Victoria before he was snapped up by the Mariners Academy in January of 2021.
He made his senior debut for the Mariners last year and scored within seven minutes of his introduction and netted four goals in his first seven appearances in his first season in the A-League
Socceroos boss Graham Arnold named the youngster in his World Cup and Kuol came within inches of scoring a last-minute equaliser in Australia’s 2-1 defeat in the Round of 16 against eventual champions Argentina.
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