It’s no secret that Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley have been planning for the upcoming January transfer window and also for the summer transfer market when we are hoping Newcastle have been promoted back to the Premier League.
News today that Newcastle are targeting 19 year-old 6ft 5ins Partizan Belgrade center-back Nikola Milenkovic, but as might be expected there are other clubs also scouting the top young defender.
Nikola Milenkovic – 19 year-old Partizan Belgrade center-back
He looks good in black and white
Newcastle scouts have already watched the youngster a number of times this season and he has come through the youth ranks at Partizan and was out on loan to Teleoptik for a while last season in the second division in Serbia, where he played 13 times.
Newcastle could well be thinking of making a move for the player, who only turned 19 last Wednesday.
Nikola made his debut for Partizan in the SuperLiga match against Mladost Lucani last April and clubs like Ajax and Anderlecht have also shown an interest in the defender.
Nikola already has one cap for Serbia playing in the 3-0 loss to Qatar in a friendly on 29th September, when he was still only 18, during the last International break, so he is very highly regarded in Serbia.
If Newcastle are serious about signing this player in January we’re sure Rafa will have Aleksandar Mitrovic have a word with his fellow countryman – we think Mitro will give both Newcastle and Rafa Benitez a good reference.
If we do manage to sign the player then his fellow countryman Mitro would also be able to help the youngster quickly settle on Tyneside.
These are the type of top young players we should be signing, as we try to build up a top squad which can eventually start winning trophies for Newcastle.
What do you think?