Otto Huuhtanen to have trial at Newcastle

General view outside St James' Park

Ilves Tampere goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen will have a trial at Newcastle United for a week.

General view outside St James' Park

Newcastle United have taken Ilves Tampere goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen on trial, as announced on the Finnish club’s official website.

It has been announced on Ilves’ official website that the 16-year-old goalkeeper has been given permission to travel to Tyneside to undergo a trial with Newcastle.

The one-week trial will begin on July 10, with the 16-year-old Finish goalkeeper under contract at Ilves until June 2018, as claimed by The Chronicle.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle have been quite busy in the summer transfer window so far and have signed a number of players.

The Championship club have recruited goalkeeper Matz Sels, striker Dwight Gayle, midfielder Matt Ritchie and defender Jesus Gamez.

Huuhtanen is only 16 years of age, which means that if he is signed, he will be a long-term prospect and will not feature in the Magpies’ first team anytime soon.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 season and will feature in the Championship during the 2016-17 campaign.

Rafael Benitez’s side will be aiming to finish in the top two of the Championship next season and gain automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

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