The Star is reporting today in a Newcastle exclusive that Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil.
The 19-year-old usually plays on the left wing, and Rafa is after somebody who can play in the left wing back position for next season.
That will allow him to move Matt Ritchie in a more forward position.
Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City are also reported to have become interested in a player who has 22 total appearances for Burnley with 3 goals and 5 assists this season.
The Rochdale-born youngster joined the Burnley Youth Academy from Manchester United in 2014, and this has been his breakthrough season in the Premier League: he made his first Premier League start only last August.
Rafa will want to have the right balance in his team of youth coupled with age and experience.
19-year-old Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil
One of the ways forward for Newcastle is to sign top-class teenagers like McNeil who can become first team players in the future at Newcastle.
However, the impressive 19-year-old will cost more than peanuts, and it will be interesting to see what price Burnley put on their rising young star.
The chances of Burnley wanting to sell to Newcastle in the summer have to be minimal.
McNeil’s contract still has four years to run in June.
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