Newcastle United midfielder Kyle Scott has rejected a contract offer from MLS side FC Cincinnati, according to Chronicle Live.
After a trial with the Ohio outfit, Scott was offered a two-year deal, but it apparently fell short of his demands.
The report states that the 23-year-old is determined to play top-flight football in Europe and understands that regular first team football is essential at his age. Newcastle are said to have the option to trigger a 12-month extension to his contract in June, but that’s thought to be ‘unlikely’ given that he isn’t in the first team picture at the moment.
Scott’s Newcastle career fails to ignite
The American came through the Chelsea youth ranks and joined Newcastle in July 2019 (Transfermarkt). He made 41 Premier League 2 appearances for the Blues and has notched a further 17 games for Newcastle’s under-23s.
Scott admitted last year that his first season on Tyneside had proven to be ‘very frustrating’, with football suspended shortly after his return from a groin injury (via Chronicle Live).
Transfer Tavern verdict
Scott is clearly backing himself to make it at St James’ Park. He recognises that moving back to the United States at this stage would probably just stall his career.
Whilst he might not have many attractive options in Europe’s top five leagues, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to move to a level slightly lower than that. After all, he is available on a free transfer as it stands.
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