NEWCASTLE are reportedly closing in on a deal for Kilmarnock wonderkid Charlie McArthur.
The 17-year-old, out of contract next year, is one of Scottish football’s top young prospects.
The centre-back, who captained Scotland at this year’s U17s Euros, made four senior appearances for Kilmarnock – including a league debut in May and impressed so much he has attracted attention from across the UK.
Manchester City and Liverpool were both linked with swoops in the January transfer window that never materialised however Newcastle seem more keen especially with the PIF brief to make our academy a state of the art facility.
Newcastle will need to strike quickly if they want to secure this hot prospect, he isn’t likely to stay available for long.
Despite being bankrolled by Saudi billions, Eddie Howe is keen on building a strong team in a sensible manner.
And McArthur, although still in his teens, has already been hailed for his leadership skills.
The player himself appears ready to take the next step, admitting at last month’s Euros that he will sort out his future imminently.
McArthur said: “At this moment in time I am just focusing on the Euros with Scotland and then I’ll need to see what happens.
“I’ll speak to the manager when I get back and see what the plans are and go from there.
“I’m still under contract for another year so I’m still a Kilmarnock player.
“Derek McInnes has been good to work for. I’ll just need to see what happens when I go back and it’ll all work out.
“It’s not difficult to focus despite the speculation because at this moment in time I’m not playing in England.”