The agent of new NUFC new boy Kyle Scott has revealed that the club beat both Manchester City and Spurs to the signing of the ex-Chelsea midfielder.
Neil Bartholomew – the players agent – claims that he actually turned down a ‘four-year extension’ to stay at Stamford Bridge, with the Chronicle also stating that he was eager to sign up at St James’ Park after seeing how well Sean Longstaff had progressed over the past six months.
Here’s what Bartholomew has had to say following the 21-year-old midfielder’s move to Newcastle, suggesting his arrival is a real coup for the club:
“Chelsea offered him a four-year extension, so he wasn’t going to be on a free – United have got themselves a real bargain.
“When I spoke to people within the game, they couldn’t believe he was available – so it’s a credit to Lee Charnley, he’s been excellent.
“He listened to me and trusted my judgment.
“He and Steve Nickson got on this deal straight away, there was interest from Manchester City and Tottenham but they got the deal done.
“From day one Newcastle have been brilliant. They just took it from there [my call] and Kyle is raring to go, and really loving the prospect of what is to come.”
Scott’s agent then claimed that a move to Newcastle was held up due to the delay involving Rafa Benitez’s future, stating that he resisted offers from Serie A giants Lazio during that time:
“It’s been set up since March but nothing could be finalised due to Rafa Benitez’s contract but he did endorse it.
“We had to wait. We had an offer from Lazio, and Rapid Vienna but we were just waiting for it [Newcastle deal] to be done.”
Interestingly, Bartholomew also reveals how Scott was inundated with messages from Newcastle fans after the midfielder shone in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup win at St James’ Park in 2015:
“He came up here and he won the game for Chelsea with a pass for Tammy Abraham.
“He really did stand out.
“Afterwards, on social media, he had so many comments from Geordie fans – 400 comments, telling him to come and play for Newcastle. That was fantastic for Kyle and stuck with him.”
He sounds like a real ‘one to watch’ for us over the coming season, with it interesting to see if he makes a quick step up from U-23 level to senior level over the coming months.
As you can see by the clips of him in action below, he has a real eye for a pass – particularly for former NUFC target Tammy Abaraham!