Burnley’s teenage winger Dwight McNeil was reportedly a top target for Newcastle in the summer, and the player could be on the move in January, according to TEAMtalk.

The report claims Leicester are leading the chase for the winger, who does not turn 20 until later this month, with Everton and Wolves also thought to be interested.

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Newcastle were said to be keen on a deal in the summer, but in typical Lee Charnley style, were claimed to be only willing to pay £15 million for the player who is valued at double that.

Of course, Newcastle went on to sign Allan Saint-Maximin, who has become an instant hit with fans, following his electrifying, dynamic performances, after shaking off a troublesome muscle injury in the early weeks of the season.

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McNeil is a vary talented prospect, and in an ideal world, fans would hope Newcastle could see the benefit in signing a player of his ability to accompany Saint-Maximin, but that is unlikely to happen, and particularly not at Burnley’s current asking price.


Jarrod Bowen looks a more likely signing for Newcastle

Newcastle have also been heavily linked with Championship winger Jarrod Bowen of Hull, but they are even baulking at their valuation, thought to be around £20m.

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Newcastle do need another winger – preferably on the right – and although McNeil is a left-sided player, Saint-Maximin is equally comfortable on either wing.

But with a deal for McNeil no longer seemingly an option, it is Bowen who is the more likely January signing for Steve Bruce.

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