Newcastle have been in the running for some outstanding teenage talent over the past few months. Unfortunately, some of the young targets have been snapped up for high fees by other Premier League clubs.
Brazilian playmaker Andrey Santos landed at Stamford Bridge earlier this month while Argentine midfielder Maximo Perrone was confirmed as a new Manchester City player yesterday.
The Magpies have also dropped out of the running for Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda. The race to land the promising 18-year-old is between Arsenal and Dortmund. Newcastle’s need for first-team additions may have negated the move for Fresneda.
Newcastle did land a budding star at the start of the window with Garang Kuol’s arrival. The Australian international is currently on loan with Hearts where he gets to play with three of his fellow Aussies.
Newcastle continue to be linked with some outstanding youngsters including Sunderland’s Chris Rigg. The 15-year-old has already made his Black Cats debut and won’t turn 16 until June. He’s one to watch this summer.
The club are taking recruitment very seriously and are planning additional positions. The Mail’s Craig Hope posted the following on his Twitter account earlier this morning:
Newcastle will strengthen recruitment department with roles created for head of emerging talent, head of UK & southern scouting (13-18), operations manager & two more analyst roles at senior level. Hierarchy very impressed by Steve Nickson, who continues as scouting chief.
Newcastle are punching above their weight on the pitch with Eddie Howe extracting every bit of talent from his squad. Behind the scenes, the club continue to evolve and make the right moves for the future.