It was reported last week that as part of Elias Sorensen’s loan deal with Carlisle United that Newcastle held the right of first refusal for promising youngster Jarrad Branthwaite.
However, according to Carlisle’s director of football David Holdsworth that may not be the case. Speaking to the official Carlisle homepage, this is what Holdsworth had to say about his prized 17-year-old:
“We’re fully aware of the rumors that are out there regarding Jarrad and all we can do is reassure fans that everybody at this club is delighted that we have this young man with us on a long-term contract.
“It’s no surprise that other clubs are aware of his emergence, that’s the nature of the business we’re in, and there will be scouts taking note of his abilities on a weekly basis. That interest will remain as Jarrad continues to establish himself in the first-team environment.
“We can’t avoid that, but what I can tell you is that no bids have been received and there are definitely no deals or agreements in place with any club at any level about Jarrad’s future.”
From these comments, it would appear that Newcastle do not hold a right of first refusal in any possible bid for the center-back.
With clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton, Rangers, and Celtic having scouted Branthwaite last weekend, this lastest news would throw into doubt Newcastle’s chance at bringing the youngster on board in January or next summer.
The Carlisle born defender is reportedly rated at £1m, which seems like a bargain for such a promising player. He’s started the last seven league matches and is also the youngest player to ever score a goal for his hometown club.
We hope that Newcastle still bring in some prospects to the Academy this winter in an effort to start strengthening the club from top to bottom.
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