Wigan Athletic’s Kyle Joseph is under consideration by Newcastle United, according to the Chronicle.
The Scottish under-19 international striker is being eyed by a number of Premier League clubs – but it is Newcastle who are thought to be the likiest to nab the 19-year-old, whose contract is up at the end of the season.
Currently playing for the Latics, Joseph has netted five times in League One this season and is widely considered one of the biggest potential talents in the Football League.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle’s interest is genuine and an offer for the youngster would likely see the Scotsman presented with first-team opportunities in the northeast, but they will have to contend with Celtic, who are also after the attacker.
The sum mooted for the player’s services will surmount to at least over £500,000, according to the report.
Joseph is only 19 and is just starting his career. Although the Scottish teenager is rated very highly, he has to be considered as one for the future and cannot be expected to bang in the goals for fun straightaway.
Dwight Gayle’s reported new three-year deal is set to confirmed, and so United may be left with having to contend with a huge change upfront if local lad Andy Carroll leaves.
Steve Bruce said about transfers on Friday night that Newcastle are ‘nibbling away at a few things‘ under the presumption that no takeover is imminent.
The major target is loanee Joe Willock but given his brilliant displays it’s possible that Arsenal will drive a hard bargin,
Indeed Willock’s form for United has given Mikel Arteta a tough decision to make with regard to the England midfielder’s future. We’re just hopeful that Newcastle can offer Willock a deal that will appease him.