Newcastle are believed to have first refusal on Carlisle’s in demand centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, as a condition of Elias Sorensen’s loan move to the Cumbrian club, according to the Shields Gazette.
The 17-year-old prospect is claimed by the Scottish Sun to be on the wish-list of both Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers, as well as a number of other clubs, as he catches the eye of club scouts.
If the report of Newcastle having ‘first dibs’ on the young talent, inserting the quid pro quo into Sorensen’s loan deal could prove to be a masterstroke.
It also sheds more light on why Newcastle may be reluctant to recall the Danish striker from his spell at the club, despite him only making a handful of appearances so far.
If some of the interested clubs make a move for the youngster in January, it could force Newcastle into a decision sooner rather than later, and once the player is signed – if they opt to move forward with a potential deal – presumably they could then bring Sorensen back.
Branthwaite has cemented a place in the Carlisle side
Branthwaite has featured in all of Carlisle’s last six league games, having sat on the bench as an unused substitute for the first 13 matches.
With Sorensen also figuring as a rarely used substitute on most occasions during those games too, he will hopefully have been in the teenagers ear about Newcastle, and a possible move here.
Newcastle have been identifying a lot of teenage and young potential stars of the future over the past few months, and many of the names mentioned have been centre-backs.
Branthwaite is the latest name to be bandied about, and with all the clubs monitoring him – despite having first refusal – Newcastle may need to make another shrewd move, by putting in a swift bid to fend off any rival interest.