Newcastle United may have identified midfield 'signing'- player due at training ground for talks

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will take a look at the midfielder with a view to including him in his first-team plans.
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Newcastle United will cast their eye over Joe White this week after he impressed during his half-season loan spell at League Two side Crewe Alexandra.

The 21-year-old made 25 appearances for The Railwaymen - his last being Saturday's 2-1 win over Swindon Town - where he scored three goals and provided the same number of assists.

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With Joelinton, Joe Willock, Elliot Anderson and Sandro Tonali currently unavailable, and Bruno Guimaraes one booking away from a two-match ban, United are facing a midfield shortage.

Newcastle United midfielder Joe White. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Joe White. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Joe White. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Eddie Howe admitted this a window of opportunity for White, who is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Magpies.

"We’ve decided to bring Joe back and we’ll see where he’s at in terms of his development," confirmed Howe. "He’s done very well latterly in his loan.

"I’m really pleased with Joe because he’s a highly talented player. He’s had certain things to work on in his game. He’s gone away on loan and played regularly and started to contribute goals and assists.

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"We’ll bring him back and see where his game is at and then make a decision based on that."

Crewe are keen to sign White for the remainder of the season, as are several clubs - including League Two leaders Stockport County - if United are willing to loan him back out.

"Joe’s been excellent, a real positive for us this season," said Crewe manager Lee Bell. "He’s a really good honest lad who wants to do well.

"He’ll go back to Newcastle now and hopefully in a couple of days we’ll hear something. He might have a conversation with Eddie Howe when he gets there. Unfortunately, they’ve picked up another injury in that area so we’ve got our fingers crossed.

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"Joe wants to be here, we want him here. Newcastle obviously have to do what they need to do but we’ll have a conversation over the next week."

White swapped Carlisle United's academy for Newcastle's in 2016. He was on the radar of CelticRangersChelsea and Leeds United before signing a new three-year contract in March 2022.

The former Hartlepool United and Exeter City loanee is yet to make a senior first-team appearance for the Magpies but has appeared in several pre-season friendlies.