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Report – Newcastle Scouting Top Scottish Youngster

There is news surfacing that Newcastle are interested in Hearts 17-year-old left-back Aaron Hickey. The Chronicle have a report saying Newcastle scouts may have been in attendance to watch the youngster this past Sunday when Hearts drew 1-1 against Rangers.

Hickey made his debut for Hearts last May and has since become a regular for the Scottish club. This season he has started all 12 games in both the league and league cup for Hearts.

While mainly deployed at left-back, Hickey has also played at center-back, right-back, and as a right-sided midfielder this season.

The £1.5m-rated youngster is reportedly in high demand with rumored interest from Arsenal, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City, Norwich City, and Southampton in the Premier League. He is also linked to Leeds and QPR in the Championship as well as Rangers in Scotland.

The Scottish Sun has a report linking the youngster to QPR. This is intriguing since Newcastle are said to be monitoring their left-back Ryan Manning for a possible winter move. Could Hickey be seen as Manning’s replacement?

Hickey came through the Hearts Academy but had a brief spell with Celtic. He decided to move back to Hearts two summers ago after he turned 16. Celtic reportedly have a 30% stake in any transfer fee that Hearts receive for him.

Aaron Hickey– top Scottish prospect

However, Hearts are trying their best to hold on to the youngster. They are currently in talks to extend his contract which runs out in 2021.

This is what Hearts manager Craig Levein said last month about Hickey’s contract situation:

“I’m still working on it. I want to just try and get it done with his dad, and then I’ll talk about it.”

The Edinburgh News also report that it is expected that any Premier League club with interest in Hickey will make their move this winter. That is so the player can be classified as homegrown by his 21st birthday.

Premier League clubs must have at least 8 players in their 25 man squad who have been with an English club for at least three years before they turn 21.

We think a move for Hickey makes lots of sense for Newcastle. He would only cost around £1.5-2m if he doesn’t extend his deal and has only just turned 17 in June. Hopefully, Newcastle will make a move for Hickey, and he can swap Tynecastle for Tyneside.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Bill’s Son is Back,
    All of those clubs you mention have built or are building state of the art training complexes, improving their stadiums and infrastructures investing in a solid youth policy and most importantly showing genuine interest in getting better and achieving success. We’re not and that is where the problem lies.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Re the phone hacking: Was it about the tabloids’ morbid interest in Robson’s impending death?

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Nufc knew that they were going to put Rafa between a rock n hard place. When he had the temerity to ask for a pay rise for swallowing such a deficient offer, they attempted to turn it against him.

  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Why would any young ambitious player come to this club !! Ashley has ruined our once proud club the man is toxic

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    When comparing Van Bronchurst with Stam there is only one obvious candidate and Charnley was to blind to see it. Plus they needed a patsy not a coach / manager with ambition.

  • one fine day

    Oct 22, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Well put jail
    If we had sold Gareth bale there is no way we would have spent the funds back into the team and used it to push for the title and get it to the champions league .
    Same with Liverpool the money from Suarez and coutinio was invested back into the team .
    Why Ashley wants to destroy a once proud club is beyond me .
    Maybe some Geordie kid used to make him hand over his dinner money ?

  • geordie157

    Oct 22, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Personally sign him up and loan him back for a couple of seasons.

    I just wish we’d signed Brooks a few seasons ago. Think it was 11 mill at the time but he’s the type of player we are missing, well along with a proper striker.


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