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Newcastle consider work permit options as Kuol deal close with Central Coast Mariners

Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign Central Coast Mariners wonderkid Garang Kuol.

Chronicle Live reports Newcastle must find a solution to Kuol's UK work permit problems, though they could simply send him elsewhere on-loan in Europe.

Signing players from overseas is more complicated for English clubs post- Brexit because new arrivals have to secure a certain number of governing body endorsement (GBE) points to obtain a work permit.

The rules are now so strict that even Justin Kluivert was refused a work permit when Fulham attempted to sign the former Netherlands international from Roma earlier this summer because he had not played enough recent games for the Serie A giants.

Another potential option, according to the Premier League, would be to request that an exceptions panel at least consider the application if Newcastle can provide evidence that Kuol, as a youth player born on or after January 1, 2001, shows 'significant potential and is of sufficient quality to enhance the development of the game in England'.



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