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.