According to The Chronicle, Newcastle gave Dion McGhee and Scott Wara an opportunity yesterday when handing each of them an appearance in the Under-23’s clash with Reading, where the pair were on trial.
Wara is a 21-year-old from Fiji, who was released by Stoke and had a trial at Wrexham over the summer, as The Chronicle report.
In McGhee’s case, The Chronicle add that he was let go by German outfit Greuther Furth recently. A separate report from Vavel reveals that the former Manchester United man was recently on trial at Tottenham, although nothing seems to have come of it.
After signing his first professional contract, McGhee described himself to Manchester United’s official website as a ‘creative’ player who has ‘an eye for goal’ – the teenager also said he’s a ‘versatile’ player.
The duo couldn’t prevent Chris Hogg’s side from losing 3-2 to Reading’s Under-23 side on Friday, and it remains to be seen if they’ll join recent signings Bradley Cross and Rodrigo Vilca in the development squad.
What is clear, however, is that Newcastle seem to be placing a focus on bringing fresh faces into Hogg’s ranks.
As aforesaid, the Magpies have already moved to bring Peruvian playmaker Vilca to St James’ Park, costing them a fee of £200,000 according to The Chronicle.
Also, the aforementioned Cross was signed from South African outfit Bidvest Wits – he recently spent two years on loan at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, as Newcastle’s announcement of his arrival stated.
The centre-back has already been made captain by Hogg, just days after arriving in Tyneside as we covered earlier.