Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Queen’s Park wonderkid Reagan Thomson after months of interest in the starlet, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 16-year-old first attracted talent spotters on Tyneside to pay attention to his development north of the border while starring for Scotland’s Under 17s side as they beat Iceland in October.
Thomson assisted both of Scotland’s goals from the left-wing while at home to David Snorri Jonasson young Iceland side, having made his debut on the junior international stage three days earlier from the bench against Armenia.
Head coach Brian McLaughlin handed Thomson his second U17s start a following three days later against Croatia in a UEFA U17 Championship qualifying tie, though the youngster could not influence the game in a positive manner from a holding midfield role.
Queen’s Park have rarely utilised Thomson in their first-team this season, with the teenager last fielded in a Scottish League Two fixture in November and omitted from the Hampden Park native’s last six league matchday squads.
It is now expected that Thomson will move to Newcastle in the January window for a base £50,000, though the five-figure sum could increase through add-ons.
Will Thomson reach the Toon first-team?
United securing the soon-to-be Under 23s international’s signature should be seen as a sizable coup for the club, as the deal meant we beat off interest from Rangers and a late bid from Celtic.
Reports of Thomson closing in on a move to St. James’ Park in October also suggested other top English sides were interested in his emerging talent, after joining our scouts as Scotland U17s beat Iceland.
This deal has been a long-time coming, and United chiefs will surely be glad to have got the move over the line pending official confirmation.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have reportedly made contact with a £7.2m-rated defender.