Report: Newcastle plot striker raid, could be snapped up at bargain price
By Will Butcher
Newcastle are keen on a cut-price deal to bring Scottish teenager Connor McBride to St. James’ Park, according to a report.
The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon claimed in Sunday’s paper (Page 63) that the young striker had been identified as one for the future by Toon chiefs.
McBride burst onto the scene last month, when the Falkirk youngster came off the bench to score the winner in a 1-0 win against Croatia for Scotland’s Under-16 side.
Continuing to impress in the reserves for Scottish Championship outfit Falkirk, McBride’s stock is beginning to grow and that has seen Newcastle come calling.
It is believed that a deal for McBride would be easy to complete as his father is an agent working in the game.
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If signed, the youngster could join Peter Beardsley’s impressive reserve side on Tyneside, which has seen three players join the first team this season in Stuart Findlay, Daniel Barlaser and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
The Toon currently have three first-team strikers on their books in Dwight Gayle, Aleksander Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy available to them, and McBride will be hoping to work his way alongside them if he does move south to Tyneside.
Football Insider verdict:
If available at a reported bargain price, McBride should be snapped up immediately by the Toon the striker still young enough to shape his future. The youngster has already shown that he has the raw talent to make it in professional football, and joining Beardsley’s development side will only help. The former Magpies midfielder is known for his passion and ability to work with Newcastle’s youngsters and combining that with a better standard of football in the north east, McBride could find that he will reach the extent of his potential if a move to Rafa Benitez’s side does actually materialise.
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