The Scottish Daily Record is reporting that Newcastle have joined the race to sign £1M rated Scottish International defender Callum Paterson.
The London-born Hearts defender has been capped once by Scotland last May in the 1-0 defeat against Italy, but he is included in the Scottish squad announced yesterday to play Malta in the World Cup qualifying games next month.
Hearts right-back Callum Paterson in Wonga shirt
Newcastle have Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie in that squad.
Callum joined Hearts in 2010 and has come through the Youth ranks and the right back made his debut for the Tynecastle club back in August of 2012 in the Scottish Premier League 2–0 win over St Johnstone, when he was just 17 years old.
And in five full seasons, the 21 year-old has already played 145 times for Hearts with 31 goals.
The report is that Newcastle want the 6ft tall defender for the development squad, but he could become part of the first team squad since he seems an up and coming player who could improve under Rafa Benitez.
Maybe he’s being checked out as a potential replacement for Daryl Janmaat, in case he 27 times capped Dutch International leaves before September rolls around?
And Newcastle seem to be on the lookout for young players who can be brought to Tyneside and improve under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.
At £1M we cannot go too far wrong, but we doubt if Callum would want to move to Newcastle to play for the Development side under Peter Beardsley.
He would surely be part of the first team squad this season in the English Championship.
What do you think?