In an exclusive today, TEAMtalk are reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing Irish defender Sean McLoughlin.
The 21-year-old has a contract with Cork City that runs out at the end of the year, and he would probably be a cheap signing for the Magpies.
But Everton and Liverpool also interested in the player who has been outstanding for Cork City so far this season.
Newcastle scouts have been watching the youngster, and Rafa is always on the lookout for impressive young talent he can bring into the club and coach them to become first team players eventually.
Newcastle scouting 21-year-old Cork defender Sean McLoughlin
Sean McLoughlin is left footed and can play at either center-back or left-back, and he’s played 19 times for Cork City with three goals so far this season.
But TEAMtalk are reporting that Everton and Liverpool are well ahead of Newcastle in their efforts to sign the 21-year-old defender.
Rafa wants to improve the Newcastle squads at all levels of the club, and he is keen to have the U23 squad, in particular, have a lot more players who can push for a first-team squad position.
This is part of Rafa’s ambitious blueprint for Newcastle – if he’s allowed to implement it by our stubborn owner Mike Ashley.