Newcastle United are keen on pouncing for Manchester United’s teenage contract rebel Mipo Odubeko after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed in a bid to tie him down, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim on their website’s transfer blog (10/07, 13:07) that the 16-year-old striker, who is a Republic of Ireland under-17 international, has turned down the Red Devils’ offer of a new contract and as such is set to leave Old Trafford this summer.
It is stated that Newcastle are among a number of clubs looking at pouncing for the promising talent’s signature, with fellow Premier League side Burnley joined by the likes of Feyenoord, Utrecht and Genoa in chasing his capture.
Newcastle do desperately need some attacking reinforcements after the exit of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon but the youngster is not going to be the sort of signing the Toon Army are looking for. He could prove to be a savvy capture for the future if he were to arrive at St James’ Park but with all the turmoil on Tyneside, you have to question why any player, young or experienced, would want to join the Magpies right now. The fact Manchester United were willing to table a contract offer to try and keep him on board suggests he is seen as a bright young talent with a potential future in the Premier League and so Newcastle could profit from their inability to tie him down to a new deal. The Magpies have not seen too many youngsters break through their academy system and while he might not be a born-and-bred Geordie, the Newcastle fans would love to have another young striker make a name for themselves on Tyneside.