It looks like Derby County have beaten Newcastle to Tom Ince, but it’s not clear to us if he was even a target, although the Magpies have been linked with him in a number of reports this summer.
There is news today of another Championship player we may be interested in, and that’s Reading’s young central midfielder Aaron Tshibola, who we assume Steve McClaren may know about after his last two seasons in the Championship with Derby County.
Aaron Tshibola – Reading’s 20 year-old central midfielder
Aaron is only 20 years old and is one for the future, and he spent the second half of the season at Hartlepool last season where he played 23 times, and on his Twitter account it looks like he has just signed a new deal at Reading.
His old deal ran through June of next year – so we’re not sure how long the extension is, but that will be to protect Reading’s interests in case he is sold.
The Mirror is reporting that both Newcastle and Aston Villa are interested in the youngster, who has made just one senior appearance for Reading.
That came at the start of last season, when he came on against Nottingham Forest as a late substitute in the 4-0 thrashing.
Newcastle are reported to have been scouting the 6’3″midfielder this season, and these young players will generally go straight into the development squad under Peter Beardsley.
If we have a good transfer window we should be bringing in about six first team players and maybe two or three development players like Tshibola.
Aaron has played once for the England U18 side.