Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Coventry’s 19-year-old left-back Sam McCallum, with a view to a possible bid in January, according to the Mail Online, but Newcastle should try to hijack any potential move.
McCallum has been in great form for the Coventry senior side this season, and has even managed to grab himself a goal, scoring in the FA Cup win at Colchester – his first at senior level.
Newcastle have put an emphasis on strengthening youth in the set-up, at both first-team level and by increasing competition at younger levels, and McCallum would be an ideal addition.
McCallum could be an asset for Newcastle at senior and reserve level
He would likely slot somewhere in between the senior side and the under-23 team, and could be a great player to use on the bench as cover for the latter half of the Premier League season.
With Matt Ritchie out for so long, Steve Bruce is short of cover on the left-flank, and bringing in a young player like McCallum would help out in the short-term, while ensuring that the future at left-back remains healthy.
As well as Liverpool, Midlands pair Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion are also said to be keeping tabs on the youngster, and it seems likely that McCallum could be on the move sooner, rather than later.
Newcastle must be involved in the conversation for the player, and having brought in some young talent over the past few months, it would be a mistake if Bruce does not try to persuade the Coventry prospect to become the latest to join the youth revolution.