Newcastle United’s new chief scout Lil Fuccillo has already been busy looking at future new young talent to bring to the club in the summer.
Sean Scannell – 17 year-old striker attracting Newcastle interest
The 51-year-old scout has been checking on two Championship prospects, Sheffield Wednesday’s 18 year-old center-back Mark Beevers and Crystal Palace’s 17 year-old striker Sean Scannell.
Sean Scannell is an English born Irish footballer and is the brother of Southend United player Damian Scannell. He plays for Crystal Palace, stands 5’10” tall, and is primarily a striker but can also play on the right wing.
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has reportedly slapped a Â£3M price tag on Croydon-born Scannell, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-18 level.
Sean has played 19 times for Palace and scored 2 goals, but the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting today that he may well be going to Arsenal.
Mark Beevers – 18 year-old Owls central defender
We have already reported on Newcastle’s interest in Sheffield Wednesday’s 18-year-old center half Mark Beevers.
18 year-old Mark is a 6â€™4â€ defender who was born in Barnsley, England. He was recently placed on standby for the England under-19s upcoming game against Croatia on 5 February 2008. Andy Carroll is already in Englandâ€™s squad for that game.
Mark made his senior debut at Southampton in January 2007 at age 17, giving an accomplished display at the heart of the defense. He had joined the club at age 12. He is strong in the air and good in the tackle and has continued to progress during his first full-time campaign at Hillsborough.
Mark has played 22 times so far for the Owls It seems like Â£1M is close to the fee it will take to get the youngster. On 28 January 2008, Sheffield Wednesday signed Beevers to an improved contract which runs through 2012.
That’s it, another two good youngsters we are looking at, but we think we have a better chance of signing Mark than Sean.