According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United have completed the signing of Liverpool U-23 Niall Brookwell.
They report that the 19-year-old midfielder, who was first picked up by Steven Gerrard during his stint at the Liverpool Academy, was a top target of Sunderland’s – however it seems he’s opted to sign on Tyneside instead.
The Gazette claim he’s signed a two-year deal with the club and will go into our U-23 side ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Elsewhere, The Chronicle also claim that we are one of several clubs eyeing a summer move for Sunderland talent Dan Neil.
The 17-year-old is believed to be one of the club’s top prospects at the Academy of Light, with the goalscoring midfielder’s impressive performances at U-18 level seeing him play 13 times for their U-23’s.
The Chronicle report that, like Matty Longstaff, a ‘six-figure’ compensation fee will be needed to lure him away from Wearside, with ourselves, Wolves, Celic and Leeds all said to be in the running for Neil.
Losing the highly-rated midfielder would be another blow for the Mackems Academy, with them recently losing Sam Greenwood to Arsenal, Luca Stephenson to Liverpool and both Logan Pye and Joe Hugill to Manchester United.
Neil made his debut in the 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Morecambe in 2018 and the Sunderland Echo claim he was even called up to train with Sunderland’s first-team as a 16-year-old under Jack Ross.
It’s not the signing everyone will be craving this summer, but it sounds like he could be a very good addition to our U-23 squad if we do make a move in the coming weeks.