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Newcastle United: Lee Ryder reveals Alfie Hughes signing

Newcastle United: Lee Ryder reveals Alfie Hughes signing -Newcastle United News

Lee Ryder has revealed that Newcastle United have now signed youngster Alfie Hughes from Leeds United as they wrap up some out-of-summer business before Thursday’s clash with Everton.

The Lowdown: One to watch

At 19 years of age, Hughes is certainly one to watch, having recently starred in the U23’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City while on trial.

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Before that, he had made 23 appearances in total for Leeds’ youth set-up, scoring one goal and making two assists (Transfermarkt), and could now be drafted into the Academy at St. James’ Park.

The Latest: Signed

Writing in his latest piece for The Chronicle, Ryder has revealed that the North East club have now signed Hughes after his trial, with Academy sources confirming that the winger is currently being considered for a permanent spot.

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His contract at Elland Road doesn’t technically expire until the summer, but the Tyneside outfit have now made their move.

It has not officially been announced yet heading into the game away at Everton in the Premier League, so perhaps we could see something on official club channels in the next few hours.

The Verdict: Smart business

With his contract expiring, it is smart business from the Magpies to snap Hughes up now, so that he can continue his development in their Academy.

Describing himself as a ‘creative‘ player, Eddie Howe will certainly have one eye on him, with the view of potentially promoting him to the first team when he is ready.

Nonetheless, it is good to see the Toon bolstering their Academy in light of their long-term project.

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