Newcastle United have reportedly now agreed a transfer fee and personal terms to sign Charlie McArthur.
The Lowdown: McArthur profiled
McArthur is a 17-year-old central defender who plays for Scottish side Kilmarnock.
He made four senior appearances for them last season, and has been a player in-demand, with Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham United, Wolves and Brighton and Hove Albion all reportedly thought to be interested in his signature at one point.
The Latest: Magpies bound
Taking to Twitter, The Athletic’s George Caulkin revealed that the St. James’ Park outfit have now agreed a fee and personal terms for McArthur:
“One for the future but Newcastle United agree fee and personal terms for Kilmarnock’s Charlie McArthur.”
Expanding in his piece for The Athletic, Caulkin added that McArthur ‘will join’ for a fee of £350,000, and can sign a maximum three-year contract.
The Verdict: For the future
As Caulkin says, McArthur will be a player for the future, as the North East club look to build a talented core of youngsters for PIF’s long-term project.
Should Newcastle sign McArthur?
Given the profile of clubs that were interested in him, notably Man City and Liverpool, for them to fend off that kind of competition is a real high point and shows the progress that the Magpies are making behind the scenes.
Nonetheless, if McArthur impresses enough, the Scotland U17 captain will hope to break into Eddie Howe’s senior squad at some point next season, perhaps furthering his development with some domestic cup outings.
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