According to a report in the Chronicle, Newcastle United have been scouting Kemar Roofe of Oxford United, ahead of a potential move for the midfielder in January.
Newcastle have changed their transfer policy in recent months, hoping to raid the lower echelons of the Football League for potential stars. With the success of Jamie Vardy at Leicester, the Magpies are hoping to uncover their own Football League star, with Roofe a key target.
Chief scout Graham Carr was at the Kassam Stadium last Saturday to watch Oxford defeat Cambridge United by a 1-0 scoreline, and it is stated that Roofe was the player he was looking at.
Newcastle want to make signings in January to bolster their first-team squad, and clearly Carr believes Roofe can play a role in the Premier League already.
Roofe linked up with Oxford over the summer, having transferred from West Brom after progressing through their academy. He failed to play a single game for the Baggies, but the 22-year-old has been in exceptional form for Oxford this term.
He has scored 10 goals in 19 games across all competitions, as well as registering five assists, all from a midfield position. He has shown talent and a desire to improve, and would be a budget signing for Newcastle, if they are convinced by his suitability for the top flight.