Newcastle transfer target’s agent handed six month ban for breaching FA rules

Newcastle have been linked with Michael Olise in recent times.Newcastle have been linked with Michael Olise in recent times.
Newcastle have been linked with Michael Olise in recent times.
Newcastle are one of the clubs monitoring the French winger

The agent of Newcastle United transfer target Michael Olise has been given a six-month ban by the Football Association following an investigation into a contract agreed with the player’s former club Reading.

The Athletic have revealed that Glen Tweneboah, a registered intermediary acting on behalf of Olise, has been charged with misconduct after it was found that he breached the FA’s agent rules when the Frenchman signed his first professional contract with Reading in the summer of 2019.

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During Olise’s breakout season with the Royals, Tweneboah had entered into an agreement that made him eligible for a 10 percent cut of Olise’s future transfer fee, which is prohibited by FA Rules which state that only clubs and players are able to benefit from such an agreement.

The investigation has also resulted in Reading’s former chief executive Nigel Howe, academy manager Michael Gilkes and club secretary Sue Hewett also being charged.

Howe has been suspended for 12 months and fined £5,000 for the conduct, meanwhile Hewitt and Gilkes have both received a warning.

Tweneboah has worked with Olise throughout his career and played a key role in the transfer which saw the winger make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League when he left Reading to join Crystal Palace in 2021.

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He was also involved in the winger signing a new four-year deal at Selhurst Park last summer following huge interest from fellow Premier League giants Chelsea.

Olise has thrived at Crystal Palace in recent months and is currently enjoying his best individual season for goals with 10 strikes in 18 Premier League games. Such form has seen the 22-year-old be linked with a move to the North East, though it is speculated that Crystal Palace will want at least £60m for their prize asset.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Aston Villa are all understood to be following the situation closely ahead of a potential transfer bid.

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