Newcastle United sent head of recruitment Steve Nickson on a scouting mission to watch Nigeria take on Serbia on Tuesday in a game at which West Ham manager David Moyes was also in attendance, according to a report.
Nigerian football news website allnigeriasoccer.com claim that the Magpies’ senior man was watching on as the European side beat the African’s 2-0 at Barnet’s Hive Stadium, Newcastle outcast Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring both goals.
It is said while the Serbian powerhouse could be the centre of Nickson’s attentions, Nigeria midfielder Eddy Onazi is a potential transfer target, the 25-year-old playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey.
Meanwhile Moyes was also reported to be at the London-based stadium on a transfer mission, scouting international games during the two week break.
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The fact this particular international clash was held in London will have attracted a whole host of scouts, who can avoid jet setting across the globe to have a look at some potential captures for their clubs. The fact Nickson, the head honcho when it comes to Newcastle’s scouting team, was in attendance suggests that there was serious business at play, and it could be Mitrovic’s development or another target. Either way, the Serbian stole the show and he will be feeding what he saw back to manager Rafael Benitez. Moyes meanwhile will have been keeping a close eye on all the players, and it could be he has one specific man in mind ahead of the summer window.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are eyeing up an 11-goal midfielder to fill a problem position.