Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Scunthorpe’s John McAtee as reported by Scunthorpe Live.
The Iron are struggling in the lower reaches of League Two this season, but 20-year-old Mcatee has been one of their shining lights, registering several exciting performances in January and February.
It is reported that Steve Bruce’s side first saw the youngster during their under-23 game with Scunthorpe back in November and have been monitoring his progress ever since.
They were watching on this weekend as Cheltenham were beaten 1-0, courtesy of a goal from the attacking midfielder. He only made his full debut on New Year’s Day and has since scored two goals, snatched two assists and earned three Man of the Match awards in his 10 appearances.
McAtee was a youth at Shrewsbury and went on loan spells with Telford, Curzon Ashton and Ashton before being snapped up by former manager Paul Hurst in the summer.
McAtee has certainly got pulses racing with his exciting introduction to league football at Glanford Park, but with those outings comes interest.
Having only signed in the summer, Newcastle could swoop in and offer him a pre-contract as his current deal only runs for one year. There would be minimal compensation due to the Iron as they haven’t overseen much of his development, so a few people might be a little worried in North Lincolnshire right now.