Newcastle United midfielder Kyle Scott is in advanced talks to join FC Cincinnati on a permanent deal, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at the north-east giants at the end of the season.

Newcastle have the option to extend that deal for a further 12 months but that is not likely to now happen as he closes in on a move to the United States.

Newcastle United manager

A United source has told Football Insider that FC Cincinnati have offered a contract to Scott and an agreement is close.

The MLS club’s manager Jaap Stam is a big fan of the Chelsea academy product and has been tracking him since he was in charge of Reading.

Scott has been unable to make an impact at Newcastle since joining in the summer of 2019 on a free transfer from Stamford Bridge.

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He was highly rated at Chelsea having won 3 FA Youth Cups and hopes were high he fulfill the potential shown in west London.

But he has yet to make his Newcastle first-team debut and has been playing exclusively for their Under-23s in the last two seasons.

He has made 17 appearances at that level, mainly in central midfield roles.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle had pulled out all the stops to sign Scott, beating the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City to his signature.

He even had headed to Barcelona for a trial but was won over by the sales pitch from Lee Charnley and Steve Nickson.

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