Hibernian secure deal for reported Newcastle United, Celtic and Rangers target

A former Sunderland manager is said to have played a lead role in the deal.

Reported Newcastle United target Reuben McAllister is set to join Scottish Premier League club Hibernian over the coming days.

The Bristol City youngster was said to be on the radar of a number of clubs on both sides of the border with Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic also believed to be keen on securing his services.

The likes of Aston Villa, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion were also named as suitors for the highly-rated 16-year-old.

There had been speculation McAllister had been invited to Tyneside but NewcastleWorld understands this was not true and the Magpies interest never went beyond the tentative stage.

McAllister was viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the Robins academy after making his Under-23s debut as a 15-year-old last season when he appeared in a 2-0 defeat against their Queens Park Rangers counterparts.

McAllister’s stock rose further when he recently joined the renowned CAA Base agency, who counts the likes of Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min, Newcastle United and England full-back Kieran Trippier and Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison.

However, it is Lee Johnson’s Hibernian that have won the race for his signature and the former Sunderland manager is said to have played an integral role in persuading the youngster to move to Easter Road.

Hibs have agreed a fee worth around £130k with Bristol City and that fee could raise if criteria to activate a number of add-on fees is met.

McAllister has agreed a three-year professional deal with the SPL club and will join their ‘B Team’ for the new season.

Newcastle are believed to be looking to further strengthen their academy ranks after completing the signings of former Spurs youngster Jordan Hackett, Galway United defender Alex Murphy and Kilmarnock centre-back Charlie McArthur.