The newspaper claims that O’Connor, 22, has agreed a short-term deal to complete a return to St James’ Park as the Magpies try to nurse the versatile defender back to full fitness due to an injury he has.
It is understood that the former Arsenal player has spent time watching Newcastle’s Under-23s in action this season and it seems as though once he has recovered from his injury, he will be playing in the side once again.
Newcastle are yet to officially confirm O’Connor’s return.
It is unlikely that Newcastle have signed O’Connor with the view to him playing any role in the first-team squad. The London-born centre-back, who can also play right-back and in the midfield, played 15 times in total for Newcastle’s Under-23s last season and could have been snapped up again to help bolster the development side’s current defence. Neil Redfearn quit his job as Under-23s boss on Tuesday with his side conceding 23 goals in 10 Premier League 2 fixtures. After the first 10 Premier League 2 games last season – with O’Connor starting in all but one game – the young Magpies conceded 18 goals. It’s not as though they were defensively solid with O’Connor playing, but at least they were not conceding as many. O’Connor’s fitness is a concern for now but the club must be confident that he will fully recover soon to hand him a short-term contract, which is presumably until the end of the season.