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8th Jul, 2016 | 10:09pm

Report: Benitez undecided on young striker, Midlands club to pounce for loan deal

By Dominic Toner

Coventry manager Tony Mowbray hopes his side can take Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong on loan, after his successful stint at the club last season.

The forward made quite the impression during his loan spell in League One during the 2015/16 season and Mowbray revealed to the Coventry Telegraph that he hopes they can secure his services once again.

“If they send him to League One I hope we would have a very good chance of having him back, but there are at least a dozen other clubs interested in Adam Armstrong,” Mowbray said.

The 19-year-old fired 20 goals and added five assists in his 40 appearances last year and current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still to decide whether Armstrong could replicate that form in the Championship.

Mowbray believes that the players next logical progression would be to compete at the next level, but has warned loaning him to a fellow Championship team could work against their own title aspirations.

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Last month former Newcastle great Alan Shearer urged Benitez to give Armstrong a chance in the first-team, saying that he could add some much-needed goals to a team that struggled in front of the net last year, as they were relegated from the Premier League.

The forward has already established himself as a member of the England under-19 side and is certainly a player who will look to carry on his development wherever he is next season.

He has been with Newcastle since he was only nine and has risen up through the ranks in recent years, a chance in the first-team could be his next step.

In the latest Newcastle news, they have confirmed the signing of a defender after a two-year contract was agreed.