Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are among several Premier League clubs said to be chasing Bristol City youngster Alex Scott, but may have to pay a hefty sum to land him.
Newcastle face competition for Alex Scott
Newcastle are one of a few clubs keeping tabs on Championship side, Bristol City’s teenage sensation, Alex Scott according to The Sun. The 19-year-old has been in sensational form for Nigel Pearson’s men this season and has caught the eye of several top flight clubs.
It’s believed that Wolves made an approach in January but were put off when the Robins slapped a £25m asking price on the midfielder.
The England Under-21 international is being monitored by Newcastle, Spurs, Crystal Palace and West Ham, so will not be short of options in the summer. However, Scott, whose running and dribbling has him likened to Jack Grealish, has not ruled out a move abroad to develop his career, seeing Jude Bellingham as an example to follow.
Scott may want to emulate Jude Bellingham
“Jude has almost set the bar for any young lad in England to go abroad,” Scott told Bristol Live.
“I think another lad who was in our Euros squad, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, is at Borussia Dortmund too. He moved over there as a young lad at 16.
“Seeing what they’re doing, I think it motivates a lot of young lads who maybe are on a similar path.
“I think it’s becoming a lot more normal for lads from England to go abroad and get their chance because, obviously, it’s hard to get your chance in the Premier League at a young age over here.”
However, with all the attention from Premier League clubs already, Scott may not have to move abroad to get the kickstart he’s looking for, it just depends on how strong an interest Eddie Howe and his Premier League counterparts have and if they believe that £25m is a fair price for a 19-year-old.
These days Newcastle have a strong focus on bringing in young talent and developing them since the arrival of Dan Ashworth, and Alex Scott would certainly fit that mould. Signing for Bristol City from Guernsey FC in 2020 as a 16-year-old, the ‘Guernsey Grealish’ would be seen as an excellent addition to the youthful side of the squad alongside the likes of Garang Kuol, Harrison Ashby and the ‘Geordie Maradona’, Elliot Anderson.