Newcastle Put In Bid For Young North East Sensation – Video

Newcastle United have put in a bid for Hartlepool United teenage winger  Luke James.

Luke James – Hartlepool United’s young  sensation

Sky Sports has reported today that the Magpies are interested in the 17-year-old and have already put in a bid for youngster.

Other clubs said to be interested in the youngster are Celtic and Bolton, and Luke has played 12 times for Hartlepool United this year with 5 starts and 3 goals, and he has put in some very impressive performances.

This is what it says on the Hartlepool United web-site about the youngster:

The Amble-born teenager signed a professional contract with the Club when he turned 17 in November 2011 and is rated very highly by the Pools hierarchy.

Having been with the Club since he was 12 Luke made an encouraging First Team debut when he came off the bench against Colchester United in December 2011 and he soon did enough to earn a full appearance against Rochdale.

Showing composure and tenacity well beyond his tender years the attacker harried and harassed his defenders all afternoon and capped a fine performance with a stunning twenty-five yard strike in to the top corner of the net.

Blessed with plenty of pace and determination, he has already made a big impact with supporters and could enjoy a big future in the game.

Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper, had this to say about the youngster on BBC earlier this year:

“Luke James got another deserved man of the match last weekend.”  “He’s 17 and looks 14, and his man of the match award was a bag of sweets and a pint of milk.”

“His first goal is a great effort, the second goal is fantastic, but it’s his work-rate. He never seems to tire.”

Newcastle are on the look-out for top young talent throughout Europe, but especially in the north-east,  and it seems this lad fits the bill, and the fact he’s a local lad makes it even better.

Here’s some of the skills he showed off in his living toom at home when he was just 13 years old.

And here is his first goal – although they never actually show it – just talk about how great his first goal was for Hartlepool  – and the guys in the studio go a little crazy.

And this is what Luke said, after he signed for Hartlepool United on his 17th birthday last November:

“I’m absolutely over the moon,”  “It still feels mad and it hasn’t sunk in yet.”  “It was the same day as my 17th and it was the best present I could wish for.”

“I have always wanted it but never knew if I was good enough.”

It will be a huge step-up for the youngster, if Newcastle United are successful in signing him, and he will have achance to prove he is good enough for Newcatsle.

We hope the lads signs for Newcastle, and we hope he makes it to the very top.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • nufc786

    May 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #1

    lets get him

  • steve

    May 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Correct me if im wrong but isn’t that James Brown who scores in that last vid ???

  • level7wonder

    May 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Lad from up in amble

  • Nick 69

    May 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Yep, it is deffo James Brown in that video, hence Jeff Stelling getting his James Brown singing doll out!!

  • MrToon

    May 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #5

    The boy has two first names.

  • Marty-Toon

    May 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    What ya all think of a cheeky bid for want away Dos santos?
    Spuds don’t want him and he hasn’t had much a chance there and the lad has bags of skills.

  • level7wonder

    May 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Never trust a man with two first names. Jeremy Kyle, Craig David, Dennis Dennis etc.

  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    I can beat that. All my names can be first or second names.

    I have three first names.

  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #9

    And I wouldn’t show any interest in a spurs player right now. Not giving floppy chops the chance to negotiate a swap deal for ba.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Who would name their poor child ‘fatman’….

  • nico

    May 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I teach Luke James and know him quite well. He says he knows nothing about this. Still, you never know.
    Seen him play for Hartlepool Youths and 1st team. He’s shaping up well.

  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Lol gonufc

    You should have heard the alternatives

  • Graeme

    May 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #13

    If he’s from Amble, and he’s as good as they say he is, wtf is he doing at Hartlepool in the first place??

    Another one slips through the net!!!

  • veto

    May 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #14


    always rated dos santos , supprised he hasnt got more playing time since his move to the prem , lad has bags of talent and would be well worth a punt like we did with hatem .

  • lee1892

    May 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah Ed that video is referring to a goal JAMES BROWN scored – Pools 25 year old Striker…..

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Man this kid excites me, so much hype and already Profesional at just 17 and already scoring, with us looking at him he must be good. I hope we sign him.

    On Dos Santos he’s extremely over-rated and is crap in all honesty. Has a few nice touches but is not productive at all and very lightweight. All show with no end product No Thanks I’d rather stick with Obertan who could still make it and is a better player.

  • Charlietoon

    May 24, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Sign him up and loan him back to them for half a season

  • johnp

    May 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #18

    @7. Gary Neville

  • johnp

    May 24, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Steve Bruce did a canny job tho

  • jfairley_96

    May 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #20

    He used to go to my school, he only left last year 🙂

  • Owldman

    May 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #21

    @17 Clubs can only go after so much of the young talent in the area .I,ve no doubt Toon have scouts all over the place looking for the next super star.My Grandson played for a local under 15 team last year & any Sunday morning there would be half a dozen scouts watching & its like this all over the north east wherever there is a kids match you can be sure the scouts will be there.

  • Owldman

    May 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Academys can only handle so many youngsters so some must surely slip through the net.

  • upandcoming

    May 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    we could of had him anyways he was a trialist in the age group below me when i was at the academy in 2007 but they said he was too small just like his mate nathan buddle hu is also at hartlepool n is about 6ft3 now

  • Owldman

    May 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #24

    The great Toon legend Jackie Milburn brought his nephew to Newcastle for a trial the then Toon manager Stan Seymour took one look at him & told him to come back when he had grown a bit more the lad went back to his home in Ashington & reps from Man Utd were waiting to sign him the lads name was Bobby Charlton & the reat they say is history


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