Liverpool & Man United target bids emotional farewell ahead of Newcastle United youth move

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The Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster is expected to join Newcastle United after penning a farewell message.

Newcastle United are set to complete a move for England under-16s international Leo Shahar after he bid an emotional farewell to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Shahar spent 10 years at Wolves and was very highly-rated having featured regularly at under-18s level last season, scoring twice in 15 league appearances.

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“Every time I watch [Sahar] playing for England he looks comfortable within the environment,” said Wolves head of player development Darren Ryan.

(Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)(Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
(Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) | Liverpool FC via Getty Images

“We know how good he is technically and yes there are things he needs to improve on, but the more camps he’s on and the more call-ups he’s getting, the more comfortable he’s looking.

“His performances are really consistent with the under-18s and he’s getting opportunities now to train with the 21s on the school release days. It’s great to go and see him in that environment with some of the best players in the country.

“He’s been picked on a lot of recent camps because he’s very consistent. He’s performing for us and that’s being seen by the staff and coaches.”

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Ahead of his expected move to St James’ Park, Shahar posted on Instagram: “I want to thank all the staff and players at @wolves that have helped support my development over the last 10 years.

“It’s been a great journey but now has come the time for me to move on . I want to wish the club all the best for the future ❤️”

In response to Shahar’s post, Trevan Sanusi, another young player targeted by Newcastle, replied: “Linkup soon...”

Shahar responded with an eyes emoji, suggesting a ‘link-up’ on Tyneside is close. Sanusi has attracted interest from both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal after starring in Birmingham City’s academy.

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Newcastle have made a number of academy additions this summer, including under-21s pair Cathal Heffernan and Reece Byrne.

Heffernan joined from Serie A giants AC Milan earlier this week, while his countryman Byrne arrived in June. Both players have represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

Meanwhile, Michael Mills of League One side Port Vale and Oldham Athletic prospect Sam Alabi have joined the Magpies’ academy ranks at under-15s and under-16s level.

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