Report: Newcastle one of five Premier League sides tracking Aaron Collins of Newport County

Newcastle United are said to be tracking Aaron Collins of Newport.

According to a report in the Chronicle, Newcastle United are one of five Premier League sides tracking young Newport County striker Aaron Collins.

Having agreed a deal for Ivan Toney in the summer, Newcastle are keen to continue searching the lower leagues of English football, and have earmarked Collins as their next potential star of the future.

The report claims that Burnley have already made an approach for the forward, 18, whilst Manchester United are another team stated as being interested in acquiring his services.

Quoted in the report, Collins’ club manager Terry Butcher said: “The offer came in from Burnley but it didn’t match our valuation. He came to see me and I think his head was a bit fuzzy because of all the interest but we told him that we value him very highly and the offers from Burnley didn’t match the valuation that we’ve put on him.”

Newcastle will continue scouting Collins, with plans to assess whether to make a bid for the striker in the January transfer window.

Who is Aaron Collins?

Collins, 19, is a striker who has progressed from Newport’s academy into their first-team set-up, and is now a key player for Butcher’s side. He has scored two goals in 12 games this season, in what is his first campaign in consistent senior football.

He has impressed enough to earn an Under-19 call up for Wales, making his debut in April of this year, whilst the report claims that Chris Coleman may fast-track him to the senior set-up after hearing positive reviews.

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