Newcastle United are reportedly interested in forward John McAtee from League Two side Scunthorpe United.
According to the Grimsby Telegraph, the Magpies have had him on their radar since November when he featured against the club’s Under-23s side in the EFL Trophy.
It is understood that Steve Bruce’s team have been monitoring the 20-year-old and representatives have been in the stands to watch him.
The report explains that his current deal with Scunthorpe expires in the summer, but it’s likely they have the option to extend it at the end of the season and it may take an offer to secure a transfer.
Championship teams are also reportedly in the race for the young Englishman.
McAtee is a versatile attacker that can lead the line or play in a number 10 role behind the striker, something he’s done recently.
He’s made 16 senior appearances since his summer arrival at Scunthorpe and scored his first ever first-team goal in a 1-0 victory over Cheltenham on 8 February.
McAtee is surely a target for Newcastle’s youth side ahead of the summer and he is a long way off Premier League standard at the moment, but there have been some quality youngster to come out of the academy at St James’ Park in recent times.
Newcastle fans will have be left pleased by the club’s January transfer business, as they recruited Danny Rose, Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb all on loan deals to bolster the first-team squad.
It will be interesting to see if Bruce receives financial backing going into next season.