By Will Butcher
Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s name has been discussed by the Newcastle hierarchy as a transfer target, according to a report.
The 19-year-old left-back has been told that he is not in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for the 2016/17 season, and he could be available for a season-long loan switch.
The Daily Mail claim that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign a winger, striker centre-back and a full-back and Borthwick-Jackson could be the man to fill the latter void.
The England Under-19 international has four years remaining on his Old Trafford contract after making a strong impression under Louis van Gaal last season.
Borthwick-Jackson was one of many United academy graduates given an opportunity by the Dutchman and looked comfortable at the highest level.
He made 14 first-team appearances, 10 of which were in the Premier League, under Van Gaal and had established himself in the team before injury disrupted his progress in the final months of the campaign.
Newcastle currently have Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett at left-back, and the signing of Borthwick-Jackson could spell the end of either of their careers at St. James’ Park.
Benitez is keen to add Premier League experience to his squad as he looks to return the Magpies at the first attempt. He has signed top-flight stars Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, and is closing in on the signings of Ciaran Clark and Mohamed Diame.
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