Mag­pies al­ways on the look­out for new tal­ent

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

NEW­CAS­TLE United’s re­cruit­ment team con­tinue to scour Europe for tal­ent - but they are also look­ing a lit­tle closer to home.

While Rafa Ben­itez and his Mag­pies first-team squad ar­rived at Car­ton House in the Repub­lic of Ire­land ahead of their pre-sea­son train­ing camp on Wed­nes­day, United scouts were tak­ing in a Europa League qual­i­fier just across the bor­der.

Along­side the New­cas­tle scout, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Arse­nal, Liver­pool, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Hull City, Birmingham City, Celtic and Hearts were in at­ten­dance in North­ern Ire­land for Gle­navon’s 2-1 first-round qual­i­fy­ing vic­tory over Nor­we­gian out­fit Molde.

The Mag­pies’ re­cruit­ment team reg­u­larly take in matches across the Con­ti­nent and in the United King­dom, some­times in or­der to scout spe­cific play­ers, and on other oc­ca­sions in or­der to see whether there is any tal­ent worth keep­ing track of.

It is un­clear why the New­cas­tle scout was tak­ing in the match at Mourneview Park, but it is com­mon­place for mem­bers of the Mag­pies re­cruit­ment team to watch Euro­pean games - even those as low pro­file as this Europa League firstround qual­i­fier.

Molde are man­aged by ex-Manch­ester United for­ward Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer, while their star striker Er­ling Braut Haa­land – the son of for­mer Manch­ester City de­fender Alf-Inge – is re­port­edly at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Ju­ven­tus af­ter scor­ing 10 goals in 28 league games.

United boss Rafa Ben­itez

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