Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is hoping to inject some pace and speed into his attack for next season.
Michael Bradley – played 90 minutes against England on Wednesday
We reported earlier in the week that Newcastle were interested in American youngsters Jozy Altidore (18 – striker) and Michael Bradley (20 – central midfielder).
Michael played the full game for the USA at Wembley on Wednesday night, and he gave an accomplished performance for one so young and inexperienced.
But make no doubt about it that these two are some of the brightest young talent from America right now.
We know a lot more about Jozy, and heâ€™s a big strong lad who just loves scoring goals, and at 6â€™1â€ he could do a job even next season for Newcastle, as he learns the ropes.
Heâ€™s currently at the NY Red Bulls, but a reasonable fee would see him move to Europe, which is where he wants to play. The youngster has already played for the full US side 3 times and scored one goal.
Bradley has just finished an impressive first season at Dutch side Herenveen and had a good game for the USA in their defeat against England on Wednesday night, where he looked good in the tackle and can pass a ball well.
We think both Bradley and Altidore are captures for the future, and while they could show next season, they will still largely be learning the ropes, but they are the type of player it seems Ashley wants to bring to the club as we build big time for the future.
Both players have come on leaps and bounds in the last two seasons and weâ€™ve got to believe they can make it at Newcastle, and with the transfer fees being relatively low, the risk wouldnâ€™t be that great.
However, as far as Bradley is concerned there are already other Premier clubs seemingly now very interested in the player, especially after Wednesday nightâ€™s cultured performance, and Everton are said to be keen to land the youngster.
But both Middlesbrough and Blackburn, as well as Newcastle are reported to be interested in the youngster.
We’ll have to sign our first transfer targets one of these days, and we think if we can get either of these two youngsters, we’ll be in good stead for the future.
Kevin is no stranger to American footballers, since he took American captain Claudio Rayna from Sunderland to Man City in 2003, and Reyna went on to play 77 times for the Manchester Club.
Reyna was USA captain and played 112 times for his country, including 4 World Cup finals and is now at the NY Red Bulls with Altidore.