Magpies keep tabs on Everton starlet
NEWCASTLE United are taking a look at Everton teenager Dylan Thompson.
The 18-year-old played in the Magpies’ 4-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Aggborough on Monday afternoon.
Thompson, a centre-back, has previously played for Blackpool and Manchester United but has been on Everton’s books since the age of 12.
Everton describe him as an “assured, ball-playing” defender but the teenager is looking for a new club.
This season he has played six times for the under-18s and once for the under-23s with the Toffees.
United are looking for new blood for their Academy and under-23 sides for next season with several players expected to leave at the end of the current campaign.
Newcastle have already signed Matty Bondswell from RB Leipzig, the full-back making his debut at Wolves.
■ NEWCASTLE United have confirmed the departure of Joe Joyce from the club’s Academy. The longserving youth supremo will be replaced by coach Steve Harper until the end of the season.
A United statement read: “Joe Joyce has left his position as Newcastle United’s Academy Manager.
“Joe joined the club in 2006 and played a key role in the Academy achieving Category One status as part of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan in 2014.
“The club would like to thank Joe for his service. Steve Harper will fulfil the Academy Manager role on an interim basis until the end of the 2020/21 Academy season.”