Newcastle United fans have been reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
The North East giants went into that clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men off the back of a disappointing defeat to Brighton the week before, yet they picked up their tenth point of the season as Joselu’s 36th minute strike cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.
And there may be more good news to come for our resident Magpies supporters if a recent report from Austrian outlet Kleine Zeitung (via Football Insider) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Newcastle scouts will be in attendance when Austria face Serbia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday night.
Serbia currently top Group D, a group that also consists of Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and are guaranteed at least second place and thus possibly a spot in the play-offs, yet victory over the Austrians in Vienna would seal top spot and thus their place at the World Cup next year.
However, Austria still harbour faint hopes of reaching Russia but have to win both of their matches and overturn quite a goal difference to stand a chance of sealing second place in the group, and all will be seen under the watchful eye of Newcastle scouts in the Austrian capital on Friday.
The report doesn’t disclose who in particular the Magpies will be keeping tabs on, but with scouts from Everton, Manchester United, and Southampton also thought to making the trip to Vienna, it’s clear that someone or a few players are indeed catching the eye of Premier League suitors.
Landlord’s verdict: Newcastle United endured a testing and ultimately frustrating transfer window over the summer, with several reported targets falling by the wayside.
Their start doesn’t reflect those troubles though, with three wins and a draw from their opening seven games seeing them ninth in the Premier League, but it’s clear that they feel further reinforcements are needed in January, given that scouts will be in Vienna this evening watching Austria take on Serbia.
Who they are going to have a look at very much remains unclear, but with the vast amount of talent in both teams, Newcastle fans can certainly be intrigued by the potential developments from the trip.
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