Newcastle United ‘heading the race’ for record-breaking young star

Could the Magpies make another addition from North of the border?

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Newcastle United are reportedly ‘heading the race’ for Motherwell youngster Lennon Miller.

The striker became The Well’s youngster ever player when he came off the bench in a Scottish League Cup tie against Inverness Caledonian Thistle just six days after his 16th birthday.

Miller is the son of former Aberdeen and Carlisle United striker Lee Miller, who was on hand to witness the historic moment.

Speaking after the game, Miller Senior told Lanarkshire Live Sport: “It’s absolutely amazing that he’s the youngest ever to play for Motherwell. It’s some feat.

“Lennon’s grandad, my dad, has been a fan for his life and when Lennon made his debut, that was actually my dad’s birthday, so it was meant to be.

“Everything just fell into place and it was a lovely moment for the family.”

His development also earned the praise of Well manager Steven Hammell, who said: “If the rule wasn’t in place, Lennon would have played when he was 15.

“It’s not just a token gesture to give him a game, it’s because he’s a good footballer. He’s super talented and he works very hard.”

Scotland have sat up and took notice of Miller’s progression over the last 12 months and he earned the first of 11 Under-17 caps in a 1-1 draw against Wales last September.

The Sun have now reported Newcastle have ‘been camped’ at his games and have taken an interest in making Miller the next new addition to their academy ranks.

The Magpies have already added two Scottish youngsters to their Under-23s setup this summer after signing East Fife goalkeeper Jude Smith and Kilmarnock defender Charlie McArthur.