Norwich City transfer rumours: Newcastle keen to sign U23 keeper

PUBLISHED: 11:36 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:37 19 June 2019

U23 goalkeeper Jon McCracken warming up with Norwich City's goalkeepers ahead of an EFL Cup tie at Wycombe last season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

U23 goalkeeper Jon McCracken warming up with Norwich City's goalkeepers ahead of an EFL Cup tie at Wycombe last season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Premier League rivals Newcastle United are reportedly keen to sign young goalkeeper Jon McCracken from Norwich City.

Football transfer expert Pete O'Rourke, reporting for Football Insider, broke news of City's imminent signing of Rochdale starlet Daniel Adshead earlier this week and has also written the McCracken report.

The 19-year-old is a Scotland Under-19 international who was brought down from Hamilton Academical in 2016 by former Canaries boss Alex Neil.

The keeper made 18 appearances for City's under-23s last season and trained regularly with the first team, travelling to Tampa as part of the club's warm weather break in the USA in November, while fellow U23 keeper Aston Oxborough was injured.

He was in and out of the U23 team during the second half of the season though and the Scot's contract situation hasn't been made public, so his future looks unclear.

The report claims Newcastle are keen to bolster their goalkeeper options and that McCracken is keen for regular football.

VERDICT: One of those reports that screams of agent involvement during contract talks, with a report that is full of holes.

Firstly it incorrectly claims McCracken is third choice at Norwich, yet Aston Oxborough was clearly ahead of him in the pecking order last season behind front-line options Tim Krul and Michael McGovern, who have both signed new contracts and with another first-team addition still likely.

If he is searching for regular first team football then he's not going to get it at Newcastle next season either, who have four strong options in Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

The suggestion that he would be available on a free also doesn't tally, as even if his contract is expiring, Norwich would be highly unlikely to let a young player join a rival for free - and compensation would be due.

McCracken is a Scotland youth colleague of former Norwich winger Glenn Middleton so may well have seen his former team-mate's progress at Rangers and been tempted to press his claims.

Yet having only just turned 19, he is still very young for a keeper and despite his obvious kicking abilities and agility, he is yet to establish himself as first choice for City's U23s.

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