By Derek Smithson
Newcastle have made a move for Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Magpies have made contact with a £10million offer for the 20-year-old winger.
It is understood that Rafael Benitez’s side have already have a loan approach rejected by Liverpool and that Middlesbrough are in pole position to secure his signature on a short-term basis.
However, the report details that Newcastle’s offer could dramatically change that and Liverpool would be tempted to sell him at that price.
Benitez is believed to be a long-term admirer of Ojo and is trying to bring him to St James’ Park following their return to the Premier League.
The England Under-20 international recently helped his nation’s youth side to World Cup success and is a highly rated talent.
Ojo was involved in Liverpool Under-23s side last season and made just two senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He has impressed during loan spells at Wolves and Wigan in the Championship, but is still awaiting a first-team role in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle could do with an additional option in the wide area ahead of next season to provide completion to the likes of Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu and Rolando Aarons. Liverpool youngster Ojo is someone that has big potential and would provide a fresh dimension, but they would be hugely overpaying for his signature at £10m. He has just eight Premier League appearances under his belt and the reported fee is far too high. Liverpool should accept the deal without hesitation if the bid is placed as Ojo is yet to show his best form in a red shirt. Benitez is keen to show his intent following Newcastle’s return to the Premier League and splashing out £10million on Ojo would be an incredible risk.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they have submitted an offer for a 22-year-old attacker.