By Dominic Toner

Newcastle striker Ivan Toney is set to join Scunthorpe on loan until the end of the season, according to a report.

Football website HITC claim that League One club Scunthorpe are set to win the race to sign the 20-year-old and he will spend the second half of the season on loan with them.

It is understood that the Magpies are keen to loan Toney out for a second time this season, with the forward enjoying a six-month spell with Shrewsbury in the first half of the campaign.

The report details that a number of League One clubs have expressed an interest in the youngster, but promotion chasing Scunthorpe are poised to sign him.

Toney was in good form for Shrewsbury during his time there as he made 26 appearances for them.

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The forward scored seven goals and supplied assists, but returned to St James’ Park at the end of his spell.

Newcastle are currently vying for promotion in the Championship and are unlikely to give their youngster the chance to impress.

Football Insider verdict: 

Newcastle youngster Toney should seek a loan move away from St James’ Park as he is unlikely to force his way into Rafael Benitez’s first-team plans this season. He has enjoyed a successful spell at Shrewsbury already this campaign and his development will be helped by another loan move. Scunthorpe appear to be good suitors as they challenge for promotion and he has a better chance of breaking into their set-up. The Magpies currently have several senior options in attack with the likes of Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez all competing for a spot. Toney is still regarded as an exciting prospect for the future and the 20-year-old will hope to return to Newcastle as an improved player.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to confirm a 20-year-old midfielder deal.

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