It seems that if Newcastle had an interest in Carlisle defender Jarrad Branthwaite, it might not have been a strong enough one to shell out a decent fee for the lad.
Carlisle United have announced that the 17-year-old central defender has joined Everton for a fee believed to be in the £800k plus add-ons range.
— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) January 13, 2020
Newcastle had been linked with the Carlisle born defender and reportedly negotiated a right of first refusal for him in the Elias Sorensen loan deal.
However, Everton have landed the youngster who had been scouted by some elite Premier League clubs this season.
Carlisle director of football David Holdsworth said the following about losing his prized player to Everton:
“We did what we could, but we have to respect the wishes of the player, his family and those who advise him.
“Once it becomes apparent that a player does want to move, all you can then do is work hard to get the best possible deal for the club.
“It is an excellent deal for Carlisle United in terms of the financial aspects, both now and in the future, and Everton are getting a young man who we think will make a big impact.
“I’m sure we all wish Jarrad the very best as he makes this move to Everton and the Premier League.”
Newcastle may not have been willing to pay what could end up being over £1m for a youngster who has recently turned 17. Though, Branthwaite really looks the part.
Just last week, former Carlisle manager Steven Pressley proclaimed that clubs would regret not signing the English starlet.
“Whatever they pay for him just now, they will make 20 times that down the line. He’s that good.
“He’s got everything you need to be a top defender. He’s six foot four, he’s quick, and he can absolutely play.
“You wouldn’t know what foot is his preferred one, really, because he’s so comfortable on the ball.
“For me, he is a future England international. No question about it. That’s how highly I rate him. He’ll go to the very top of the game.”
Newcastle have signed Reagan Thomson from Queens Park for only around £50k. So we’re still looking for bargains where we can find them.
Incidentally, Newcastle have been linked with a pair of Everton center-backs in Mason Holgate and former Magpie Lewis Gibson. The 19-year-old Gibson as of yet has not signed an extension with the Toffees.
His contract expires this summer, so maybe Newcastle can bring him back home on a free. However, Lewis is desperate for a chance in the first-team, and he likely would not get that at Newcastle next season.