It’s likely that as well as signing some first team players in January Rafa Benitez will also try to bring some top young players to Newcastle who would be for the future.
One of the players we have been linked with over the last four months is 19 year-old Partizan Belgrade center-back Nikola Milenkovic, who has come through the Youth Academy at his home town club.
The youngster already stands 6ft 5ins tall and is good on the ground and also in the air and he looks like a top player of the future.
Nikola Milenkovic – 19 year-old Serbian center-back
There are other clubs also scouting the top young defender but Newcastle scouts have watched the youngster a number of times this season.
Nikola came 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.
He made his debut for Partizan last season in the SuperLiga match against Mladost Lucani in April so he hasn’t been in the first team for very long.
He has so far made 14 appearances for Partizan this season with one goal and has 18 total first team appearances with 2 goals.
Clubs like Ajax and Anderlecht have also shown an interest in the defender.
Nikola already has one cap for Serbia when has made his debut in the 3-0 loss to Qatar on 29th September in a friendly, when he was only 18.
The big center-back is highly regarded in Serbia.
If Newcastle are serious about signing the player in January we’re sure Aleksandar Mitrovic could give the teenager a glowing reference on Newcastle United.
We’re sure Mitro could be very convincing and tell his compatriot what it’s like playing for Newcastle United – one of the best supported football clubs in the world.