The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle are trying to sign central midfielder Alex Mowatt from Leeds United.
Alex is 20, and has played for the England U20 side and he has played 74 times for the Leeds first team over the last two seasons with 10 goals and 6 asists.
Alex Moyatt – Leeds Central midfielder
This is the first time we have been linked with the left-footed youngster, who has two years left on his contract at Leeds.
However, the Mirror is reporting that Leeds controversial owner Massimo Cellino is unwilling to sell the Doncaster-born youngster – who is rated at a high £8M.
That seems a lot for a 20 year-old, and we wonder if Newcastle would be willing to pay that much?
Mowatt made his debut for Leeds in August two years ago, when he started in the Leeds 3–1 victory against his home town club Doncaster Rovers, in the League Cup.
He was Leeds United Young Player of the Year for the 2013–2014 season, and was the Leeds United Player of the Year for last season.
As well as playing in central midfield, Alex can also play on either wing.
Newcastle haven’t brought in too many younger players this summer, with 19 year-old former Northampton striker Ivan Toney being the only one – so far.
With Leeds unwilling to sell, it may be difficult for Newcastle to sign Mowatt, and if Leeds are challenging for promotion in January, it would seem unlikely we can get the youngster in at that time either.
Mowatt is one of the highly regarded youngsters playing in the Championship, and he is a player Newcastle will be interested in signing in one of the next two transfer windows.