Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan is looking at a few players in Scotland who may help Newcastle strengthen their squad in the summer.
Steven Fletcher – 20 year old striker tracked by Real Madrid
It seems that Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher is attracting some attention and Newcastle scouts were at Parkhead recently to watch Celtic’s Â£12M rated Aiden McGeady in action against Barcelona last week.
Real Madrid have also been linked with Steven who turns 21 next month, and in fact has just signed a long term contract with the Edinburgh based club making him the club’s highest-paid player. Fletcher scored his first hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Gretna on 13 February 2008.
Real Madrid rate the 20-year-old as one of the hottest prospects in European football and followed him closely during last summerâ€™s FIFA Under-20 tournament in Canada.
Jeff Vetere, who joined Newcastle United recently as part of a new recruitment team at the Tyne-side club, was so impressed by Fletcher he sent glowing reports to Bernabeu sporting director Predrag Mijatovic. It looks like Jeff has now alerted Newcastle United to the young Scottish prospect.
Fletcher has 13 goals for the season and Scotlandâ€™s new boss George Burley may bring the prolific youngster into his squad for Croatia’s visit to Hampden Park on March 26. The Old Firm and Blackburn Rovers have also been linked with Steven, who has scored 34 times in 133 appearances for Hibernian.
Keegan has recently admitted he is looking to Scotland for some players as he said:
“I am not saying there are 20 players in Scotland who are worthy of attention, but there are four or five players up there who are very decent prospects.â€
“First and foremost, I am looking for players with experience from within the British Isles and, preferably, having played in the Premiership. But the next step after that, if we can’t get those ones, is Scotland.”
It seems that Fletcher is an excellent player in the making and he, along with a number of other youngsters, could be brought in during the summer and immediately be part of our first team squad.
Sounds a good move to us.
What do you think? Comments very welcome.