Report: Newcastle United scout Salzburg's Valon Berisha after deadline-day approach

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Berisha had trials with Chelsea, Manchester City and Aston Villa as a youngster but could he finally move to England with Newcastle United?

Valon Berisha of Salzburg looks on during the UEFA Champions League Play-offs First leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Salzburg at Stadion Maksimir on August 16, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Valon Berisha remained a Red Bull Salzburg player after the close of the transfer window despite late interest from the Premier League. According to The Sun (Live blog, 31st August, 4.06pm) both Newcastle United and Leicester City were chasing the Kosovan international, who was reportedly valued at around £12 million.

Though, according to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle are continuing to keep tabs on Berisha and even sent scouts to watch him in Salzburg’s Europa League clash with Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes a fortnight ago.

Kosovo's Valon Berisha (L) is tackled by Turkey's Ozan Tufan (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Kosovo and Turkey at Loro Borici stadium in Shkoder on...

The 24-year-old, who switched his international allegiance from Norway to Kosovo in 2016, was once viewed as one of the most exciting prospects in Scandinavian football and was a target for Premier League clubs even before he was out of his teens.

"Valon Berisha could have moved to almost every league club in England, but he would have gone straight to their academy, where nine out of ten players do not even reach the first team,” influential agent Rune Hauge told Stavanger Aftenblad after Berisha enjoyed trials with Chelsea, Manchester City and Aston Villa between the ages of 14 and 15.

Ten years on, however, you wonder whether the time is right for Berisha, who has been likened to Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to finally make the move to England. Salzburg is seen as a launchpad for talented, under-the-radar youngsters like Naby Keita to kick-start their careers but Berisha is now in his sixth season with the perennial Austrian champions.

Leipzig's Guinean midfielder Naby Deco Keita plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leipzig, eastern Germany on...

A creative left winger, Berisha scored eight goals in all competitions last season and would provide Rafael Benitez with further attacking intent on the flanks.

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