Newcastle United are one of a handful of clubs keen to sign young Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo, according to The Times.
What’s the story?
The 19-year-old, who has made four appearances in City’s first team, is believed to be attracting interest due to his impressive performances at development level.
The Times report that Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End are all keeping track of the teenage defender.
It is believed that the two-time Premier League champions are open to letting Adarabioyo leave the club on loan, but only to a club that have a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the main division or the Championship.
Newcastle have already brought in defender Florian Lejeune, but it seems as though he wants to strengthen the back with a young prospect.
Is this the right move?
From the Magpies’ point of view, it doesn’t make sense to bring in an inexperienced player when the team’s main ambition is to retain their top-flight status.
It is not desirable to put a young player in a pressurised situation, which could become the case if Newcastle are scrapping for survival come April.
From Adarabioyo’s point of view, getting Premier League experience is important, but he is unlikely to gain regular game time at St James’ Park.
Jamaal Lascelles is likely to keep his place in defence, while Lejeune is expected to be thrown in, suggesting that Adarabioyo would be down the pecking order if he were to join Newcastle.
The best thing for the club is too seek out more experienced reinforcements.