Newcastle United ‘invite’ teenage star on trial amid Rangers and Leeds United interest

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The Magpies are keen to take a look at one youngster finding the net with regularity north of the border.

Newcastle United are one of three clubs to be linked with a move for free-scoring teenage striker Filip Skorb.

The youngster is currently part of the Edinburgh-based Portobello Community Football Academy and has captured the attention of several clubs with his goalscoring exploits at Under-15s level. The Daily Record have claimed Scottish Premier League giants Rangers are keen to secure Skorb and will hand the striker an opportunity to impress when he plays for a Light Blues side in a youth tournament this weekend.

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St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The report also reveals Skorb has already spent time on trial at Leeds United and suggests his time with the Whites was ‘successful’. Newcastle are also said to have ‘invited’ the young frontman to a trial ‘over the coming weeks’ as the Magpies look to continue strengthening their academy ranks. It would not be the first time United have looked north of the border after they signed Kilmarnock defender Charlie McArthur and East Fife goalkeeper Jude Smith over the last 12 months.

A move to bring in Skorb would also be another signal the Magpies are expanding their recruitment at youth level and would come just weeks after they took Jamaican youngster Dujuan Richards on trial. The 17-year-old spent time on trial at United’s academy but has now signed a pre-contract agreement to join Premier League rivals Chelsea during the summer.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph are reporting Newcastle, Everton and West Ham United are all ‘tracking’ Irish wonderkid Sean Moore after he impressed with NIFL Premiership club Cliftonville. The 17-year-old winger has scored six goals and provided three assists in 33 senior appearances and is at the centre of an international tug-of-war after being named in the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Under-19 squads for upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

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