Saturday, December 29, 2007

Look to the future

The present may be very far from rosy, but unless I'm much mistaken it looks as though the club really IS beginning to look beyond the end of next week. Following the signing of Ben Tozer from Swindon, we're now being closely linked to a move for another teenage prospect from the lower leagues, 15-year-old striker Luke Freeman of League One outfit Gillingham.

Freeman has already been invited for a trial, and according to Gills boss and ex-Newcastle full-back Mark Stimson "had a fantastic day". However, he's also been to Arsenal and is due to pay a visit to West Ham too, and will only be allowed to leave on his current club's terms, so it's far from a done deal - indeed, I doubt any young player with the opportunity to go to Arsenal would turn it down, knowing the way they continually nurture raw talent.

As for two of the young prospects already at the club but currently out on loan, both Andy Carroll and Tim Krul are due back at St James's at the beginning of January. While Krul continues to enhance his reputation with Falkirk and is likely to stay for the remainder of the season, Andy Carroll has had limited opportunities to impress in a struggling Preston side and may well join Krul north of the border in January, pitching up at Mark McGhee's Motherwell.

In other news, after talks between club officials it looks as though lanky South Korean striker Jae-Jin Cho won't be leaving Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse for Tyneside, while old boy Gary Speed, frozen out following Gary Megson's arrival at the Reebok, has agreed to join Sheffield Utd when the transfer window opens.


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