The 6ft-tall central midfield man, who was on trial with Town at the end of last season having been recommended by now-released defender Ibrahima Sonko, spent the first half of last season with Genoa CFC Primavera, Genoa’s U20 team, having previously been in Spain with Real Zaragoza’s youth set-up and before that with French club Sochaux.
Although Paris-born Kourouma is a free agent, Town have to agree development compensation terms with all three of his previous clubs as he is below 23 years of age.
Speaking at the press briefing called after Bryan Klug’s appointment as academy director, chief executive Simon Clegg was keeping tight-lipped about the Blues’ current transfer activity: “The situation is as normal – when I’ve got something to tell you, I’ll tell you but what I’m not going to do is fuel speculation.”
He confirmed that there are talks regarding new signings taking place but no more than that: “There are ongoing discussions.”
Regarding claims that the Blues are close to making a move for Derby striker Steve Davies, he added: “I read the speculation with interest.”
Meanwhile, TWTD understands that Town’s football operations manager Wayne Coghlan left the club at the end of the season following a restructuring of the roles and responsibilities of coaching support staff.
I know nothing about this player, does anyone else? Let's hope PJ has unearthed a gem, fingers crossed.
On another subject, Phil. I see that Nick Powell, that we were linked to last season, (from Crewe) has just been signed by Man Utd. Why didn't the club take a gamble and snap him up when it seemed we had a chance?!
@AlanMahon2011 - I start to question peoples knowledge about football writing comments like that. Drogba, Craig Gordon, Michael Owen, Kalou, Malouda, Martin Petrov, Andy Johnson, Fortune, Rodallega, Hoilett, MANY players are without a club now mate. It doesnt mean they arent any good, does it?
It beggars belief n stupidity that any fan can criticise a player u have never seen people mention 3 clubs so close 2 each other Genoa couldn't afford 2 kept him n before that it's well known Real Zaragoza r seriously struggling financially that clears that up: working on other transfers as well Clegg has said in this piece don't blame the club never responding too speculation n rumours if u tell the world we have interest/ bid 4 x y z then other clubs r then alerted 2 that player being available unless your Man City PSG Real Madrid or Barcelona you keep your cards close 2 your chest: still interesting 2 see who the GK will b I'd prefer a older player with experience that can organise n communicate with his defence that's the biggest position we have too fill this summer: COYB
I wouldn't go out of my way to get any more midfielders now to be honest.
Goalkeeper and defender (maybe two) now please.
Murphy hopefully, think that one might drag on though.
That'll be the defence more or less sorted, decent midfield options with Bullard, Drury, Hyam, Cheik and Stevenson, and JET, Carson and Murphy for the wings.
That leaves a striker. I like the look of Davies at Derby, bit of height, sweet left foot and a decent goals tally last season when you see how many appearances he made. Personally can't see it happening but I can hope. Failing that, Wickham would be a fantastic loan signing.
Finally a little European flair!! The Southampton side of last season had quite abit, so hopefully some attractive football. PJ given the right money can unearth a good foreign player, he had quite a few at Wigan. Excited about the forth coming season!! My first season ticket in 7 years. COYB!!
Sounds a good signing to me. A young player with something to prove and hopefully on the way up in the game. It's nice to se the young players grow with the club as when we sign the older ones there is far more expectation that they should be able deliver immediately. Sadly of late they have often failed.
Striker, goalie and a centre back and lets get the season started