By Danny Wright
Newcastle are one of a number of clubs that are keeping tabs on young Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo, according to a report.
The Times claims that Sheffield Wednesday, Preston and Fulham are eager to snap up the 19-year-old, who has come close to bursting into the City first team in recent seasons.
It is understood that the Premier League title contenders are willing to green light a loan exit for Adarabioyo, as long as it is to a club in the top-flight or a Championship team that is expected to finish in the top half of the table in order for him to earn some valuable experience.
The report adds that Adarabioyo has recently signed a new contract at the Etihad which sees him earn a stunning £40,000-a-week despite never playing in the Premier League.
Adarabioyo has only ever earned four appearances for the Man City, with one of his three from last season coming when he featured in all 90 minutes of the 1-1 Champions League group stage draw with Celtic.
Rafa Benitez has already added one defender to his squad ahead of next season in the shape of Frenchman Florian Lejeune, who left Man City last summer for Eibar.
SkyBet currently has Pep Guardiola’s side priced at 15/8 favourites to win the 2017/18 Premier League title.
Football Insider Verdict
Adarabioyo would not be the greatest of signings for Newcastle, simply because he is way too inexperienced for what Benitez needs in his squad next season. The Magpies do need to bolster their defence a bit more, but Adarabioyo can only really be expected to play as back-up to Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles in the centre of the back four. He has good potential but a move to the Championship would be better for him to find his feet and assess whether he is good enough to feature regularly in the top-flight. It’s too much of a risk for the Magpies, even on a loan deal, so they are are better off looking elsewhere.
In other Newcastle news, the Tynesiders are one of three clubs eyeing up this £9million-rated international ace.