The Mail is reporting that Newcastle are interested in bringing 19 year-old West Ham defender Reece Burke to Tyneside this summer.
The defender is out of contract with West Ham in the summer and there appears to be a number of clubs interested in him other than Newcastle – and they include Southampton, Leicester and Manchester City.
The Mail report is that it is Newcastle who are the keenest club to sign him, although West Ham are said to rate the England U19 International highly.
Reece Burke – 19 year-old England U20 International
West Ham seem to be hesitating on giving the 6’3″ tall youngster a new deal – and he will have a difficult task of breaking into the West Ham first team.
Newcastle are looking for some good young center-backs with Steven Taylor having just been released today and Fabricio Coloccini almost certain to leave the club this summer too.
So the 19 year-old may see Newcastle as a good club to join where he will get first team opportunities, especially with Rafa Benitez as the new manager.
While center-back is Reece’s main position he can also play at right back.
Rafa is building a new team at Newcastle in the hope that we get straight back up to the Premier League this season, after our disastrous campaign last term that saw us go down after spending a cool £80M in the transfer market.
Burke played 36 times with two goals during a loan spell at Bradford City this past season and he was voted the club’s Player of the Year, so outstanding was he during the season.
He has played for England at the U18, U19 and U20 levels and turns 20 in September.
The 19 year-old has made 10 appearances for the West Ham first team and he looks like an excellent signing for Newcastle – if we can get the lad to Tyneside.
What do you think?