By Matt Farr
Newcastle defender Gideon Adu-Peprah is set to depart the club this summer, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that Championship winnersNewcastle are ready to part company with the youngster, as Rafa Benitez’s summer overhaul gets underway.
Adu-Peprah, 18, is out of contract at the end of the season, but it is understood that Newcastle are prepared to let him leave the club having failed to make the step-up to the first-team squad.
The Magpies had signed the Ghanaian defender on a two-year deal from Premier League giants Manchester City in 2015, but Abu-Peprah struggled to progress through the ranks at St. James’ Park.
Former chief Steve McClaren had hoped to fast-track the youngster into the senior side through the Under 23 setup, but he has been restricted to just seven Under 18 appearances this season, and not progressed further.
Current Newcastle boss Benitez is looking to make significant changes to his squad this summer ahead of their return to the Premier League, whilst also ensuring he has sufficient backup options at his disposal.
Therefore, he is likely to consider reinforcements that can improve both his senior squad, and provide cover in the club’s reserve side, with a vacancy soon to be opened up following the departure to Adu-Peprah.
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It’s not a case of Benitez turning a blind eye to the progress of the club’s young stars, having handed several academy prospects opportunities in the first-team squad over the course of the season. Sadly, Adu-Peprah simply hasn’t fulfilled his potential, and Newcastle no longer see him as a viable, future first-team option. The defender appeared an exciting prospect when he arrived from Manchester City’s academy, but having failed to follow in the footsteps of several of his team-mates and earn first-team recognition under Benitez, the club have opted against extending his stay at the club; which is probably the right move.
In other Newcastle transfer news, these two senior players are reportedly set to be offloaded this summer.