We had reported on Friday morning that Newcastle are one of at least ten Premier League clubs who are interested in 18 year-old Will Hughes of Derby County.
Will Hughes – Newcastle in the lead for top England U21 International
And there’s news in the Daily Mirror on Saturday as a follow on to the news, that Newcastle may be in the lead to sign the England U21 International, and are willing to pay out £10M for the youngster, and then loan him back to Derby County for next season, so he continues to get first team appearances.
That seems a good deal for Newcastle, because the club has learned that good youngsters need first team games to develop, and they don’t necessarily get that playing in the Newcastle U21 side.
And it seems a good deal for Derby County and manager Nigel Cough too, as the Midlands club get the cash up front, and yet will have him still playing for the club next season.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City are also said to be keen on the top England youngster, but it seems that Newcastle are about to make the first move for the midfielder.
Will Hughes’ contract at Derby now extends through 2016, but Newcastle must have faith in this lad to put down big money for an 18 year-old, but of course in a couple of years he could worth twice the £10M fee.
We have to hope this news is accurate, and it would be a coup for Newcastle if we can sign the youngster – but we wonder if he would spend the whole of next season at Derby, or there will be some provision in the deal, for Newcastle to bring him back to Newcastle, say in January.
This would seem like a good long term signing for Newcastle United.
What do you think?
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