By Russell Edge

22nd Apr, 2017 | 12:46pm

Newcastle close to signing Everton defender after major development - report

By Russell Edge

Newcastle have taken Everton’s 19-year-old centre back Josef Yarney on trial with a view to a permanent contract, according to a report.

Newcastle-based publication The Chronicle claim that the club have offered defender Yarney the chance to impress coaches as they look towards improving their youth and development squad recruitment.

The centre-back appeared as a substitute for Newcastle’s U-23 squad in their 2-0 victory over North East rivals Middlesbrough in a Premier League 2 Division Two fixture, as the cub run the rule over the Everton youngster, whose two-year contract runs out in the summer.

Everton appear happy to let Yarney depart without appearing for the senior side, having come through the youth ranks at Goodison Park.

However, Yarney earned vital experience playing for Everton U-21s in the EFL Trophy, making appearances against Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town and Blackpool.

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Born in Liverpool, the centre-back signed his first professional contract back in 2015, and is described as a defender who is comfortable on the ball.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcastle will be hoping that Josef Yarney can be the next man to break through from their youth and development squads, after a disappointing couple of seasons. The last man to make the step up was Ayoze Perez, who was originally signed for their U-23 squad before impressing enough to break into the first team amidst an injury crisis. Former Newcastle star Peter Beardsley is in charge of the development squad at St James’ Park, and he will be hoping for one or two of his players to make the step up next season. If Yarney can convince the Magpies’ coaches to take him on, he very well could be the man to do so.

In other Newcastle transfer news, fans have reacted to the news that the ‘Irish Maldini’ has returned to training after injury.

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