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Newcastle United open talks with Kilmarnock for 17-year-old Charlie McArthur but face competition

Newcastle open talks with Kilmarnock for 17-year-old Charlie McArthur…

  • Newcastle have opened talks with Kilmarnock over Charlie McArthur
  • The 17-year-old defender made four appearances for the Scottish team last season
  • Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham, Wolves and Brighton are linked
  • The newly promoted Premiership side and club want a six-figure fee for him

Newcastle United have increased their interest in Kilmarnock youngster Charlie McArthur but face competition from rivals from the English Premier League.

It is clear that the Magpies have opened talks with the Rugby Park side for the 17-year-old in the hopes that they can strike a deal to bring the defender to St James’ Park.

However, other unnamed clubs have also announced their interest in the Scotland Under-17 international on the side of Derek McInnes.

Newcastle have ramped up their interest in Kilmarnock youngster Charlie McArthur (left)

Newcastle have ramped up their interest in Kilmarnock youngster Charlie McArthur (left)

Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham, Wolves and Brighton are among those previously associated with McArthur.

The teenager, who made four appearances last season, has another year to sign his contract with the newly promoted Premiership side and the club are seeking six-figure compensation for the player.

The centre-back captained Scotland in this year’s Under-17 European Championship and made four senior matches for Kilmarnock, including a league debut in May.

He has now admitted that he is ready to take the next step, revealing that he will settle his future shortly after last month’s euros.

Eddie Howe's side faces competition from top tier rivals including ManCity and Liverpool

Eddie Howe’s side faces competition from top tier rivals including ManCity and Liverpool

McArthur said, via The sun: ‘At the moment I only focus on the European Championship with Scotland and then I have to see what happens.

“I will speak to the manager when I get back and see what the plans are and go from there.

“I’m under contract for another year, so I’m still a Kilmarnock player.

“Derek McInnes is good to work for. I just have to see what happens when I go back and then everything will be fine.

“Despite the speculation, it’s not hard to concentrate as I’m not playing in England at the moment.”

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