Last week, there were some comments from Carlisle’s director of football David Holdsworth about Newcastle target Jarrad Branthwaite.
With reports that Newcastle held the right of first refusal for the 17-year-old, Holdsworth stated the following:
“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.”
The concerning part of these comments is the claim that “there are definitely no deals or agreements in place with any club at any level about Jarrad’s future.” That would seem to refute claims that Newcastle have the right of first refusal as part of the loan agreement with Carlisle for Newcastle striker Elias Sorensen.
However, we may be reading too much into that as the Shields Gazette still claim that Newcastle are in pole position to sign the promising center-back if they wish to.
Jarrad Branthwaite– has been outstanding at Carlisle this season
The Shields Gazette’s report was in response to a report in Football Insider that claims Leicester City are confident of landing the defender next month.
However, it is their belief that Newcastle will be contacted if Carlisle receive any bids for the youngster with an option to match it.
Football Insider also reported yesterday that Newcastle would recall Elias Sorensen next month. We’re not sure if that would affect the reported right for Newcastle to match any bid for the £1m defender.
Whatever the case, Branthwaite could be in high demand with quite a few clubs watching the youngster over the past few weeks. We think he would be an outstanding addition next month for a bargain fee of £1m.
With the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal watching Branthwaite as well as Leicester City, it could be quite the coup if we manage to bring the youngster in.
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) December 9, 2019
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