Sunderland are reportedly in danger of losing Academy of Light prospect Chris Rigg to Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Newcastle interest
Interest from the St. James’ Park outfit was reported last week, with Premier League rivals Everton also thought to be battling it out with them for his signature.
The 15-year-old is unable to sign a professional deal at the Stadium of Light until he is 17, meaning that until then he can be more easily snapped up by other clubs.
The Latest: Newcastle edge ahead
Writing in his latest piece for The Chronicle, reliable journalist Lee Ryder has revealed that the Magpies have now edged ahead in the chase for Rigg, and are hoping to complete a deal for the central midfielder ahead of a host of top clubs.
The Black Cats could be helpless in their hopes of keeping him as he is yet to sign a professional deal, while their rivals have already been given the go ahead from sporting director Dan Ashworth to push ahead with a £2.5m move.
The Verdict: Big blow
It would certainly be a big blow for the Wearside club to lose a player with the potential that Rigg has so early on in his career, especially to their bitter rivals.
Should Newcastle sign Rigg?
Hailed for a ‘frightening ability’ to turn defenders inside out and score wonder goals by football insiders, and regarded by local scouts as one of the best players around the whole of the UK at his age group (The Chronicle), Rigg is clearly a player with a very bright future, and so Tony Mowbray’s side will no doubt be reluctant to let him go.
Nonetheless, having already captained England at youth level with the U16s as well, they will want to keep hold of their best English prospects and eventually give them a pathway into the first team.
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