Newcastle United have already been linked with a number of players this summer but they may have finally found their first signing in Northampton Town's Ivan Toney, according to SkySports.
It looks like the 19-year-old striker will be Steve McClaren's first acquisition as manager of Newcastle. Many fans will probably have no idea who he is; a young, inexperienced striker playing in the lower leagues is the most accurate description.
He made his debut for Northampton back in 2012 in a 3-3 draw with Bradford at Valley Parade and is the Cobblers youngest ever player. He was very close to signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers back in January, but the move fell through due to a failed medical.
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The highly-rated starlet scored a reasonable 13 goals in 29 starts last season for Northampton. Since making his debut as a 16-year-old, he has 11 league goals for the Cobblers.
Steve McClaren revealed last week that he had written to all of the Newcastle fans asking them for patience, saying that he wanted to make sure the quality of the players who come through the doors at St James' Park were the best they could possibly be.
The former FC Twente manager replaced John Carver as the manager of Newcastle last month and promised to keep all of the fans updated on goings on throughout the season at St James' Park, he has kept that promise in his tenure thus far.
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Here is a snippet from the email he sent Newcastle fans, asking them for patience:
"I know the anticipation is already out there and that you want to see new players coming through the door immediately. That is natural. For me as head coach, however, it is so important that the right players come through the door."
"However long that takes, I want to make sure that we have just the type of people who can come in and force us forward."
It seems as though McClaren has the situation under control and he is right, Newcastle fans do need to be patient, they will get what they want. You just need to remember, we are only technically six days into the transfer window, that means there are still two month left before it ends.
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