EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Newcastle United want to sign prolific Spanish striker Alhagi Touray as he heads to Premier League rivals Burnley for a trial, Football Insider understands.
Burnley scouts have been monitoring the powerful forward for some time and a club source has told Football Insider they have now invited him for a trial at Turf Moor as they look to steal a march on their rivals for his signature.
Touray is set to play in a specially arranged behind-closed doors friendly on Monday so that Burnley’s coaching staff have a look at him in action at close quarters and if he impresses during his time in Lancashire he could be offered a move to the Premier League club.
Newcastle, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace are also keeping close tabs on the 19-year-old spearhead.
Touray has been earning rave reviews for Catalan third-tier Group 4 side Santvicenti this season and is currently top scorer in the Catalan third tier.
The teenager has scored 30 goals in 24 games so for Santvicenti this season and his red-hot form in front of goal has brought him on the radar of a number of clubs across Europe, including Newcastle, Palace, Cardiff and Burnley.
Touray enjoyed a week training with Scottish Premiership side Hearts in January during their winter break in Spain and he is understood to have impressed Craig Levein and his coaching staff.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club have made a move to sign a Sheffield Wednesday ace as talks over a deal have begun.