Promising Newcastle United and England U18's striker Adam Armstrong is set to go out on loan to League 1 side Coventry City.
The local media outlet, the Coventry Telegraph is reporting that the deal could be finalised as early as Tuesday, with the Sky Blues lining up against Cambridge United for their penultimate pre-season friendly.
Whether or not Armstrong makes his debut in this game, it certainly looks like he will be a part of the Coventry squad by their first game of the League 1 campaign against Wigan at the Ricoh Arena on 8th August.
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This deal comes after previous NUFC manager (if you could call him a manager) John Carver insisted Armstrong wasn't ready to ply his trade with the Newcastle first team calling for a "season away" from St. James Park.
It certainly seems as though Steve McClaren, a manager with prior accolades of developing young players, agrees with that statement, with the Chronicle reporting it to be a 6 month deal.
'The New Rooney'
So what will Coventry City be getting in the shape of 5ft 7 Newcastle United forward?
Armstrong can only be described as an exciting prospect and has been branded as "the next Wayne Rooney" due to his similar stature and playing style. Despite that being such a positive accolade however, that kind of tag alone won't earn him his place in the starting 11 each week.
It will of course be down to his goal scoring pedigree, and although Armstrong's still hasn't found the net for the NUFC first team after 15 appearances, he is well adept to finding the back of the net.
This is shown in his achievements at youth level so far, building an impressive scoring record with both Newcastle U21's and Engand U18's, scoring 9 times in 9 appearances for the latter.
This will be Newcastle United's second summer outing in the form of a loan deal, with winger Sammy Ameobi joining Cardiff earlier on in the transfer window.
However, Newcastle United fans have seen players loaned out with no reward in the past, as seen in last seasons dealing with Rangers where five players were shipped out the the Glasgow club with only Haris Vuckic making an impact.
If Steve McClaren is going to reap the rewards of Newcastle United's new batch of rising stars, he must hope that the loan deal handed out to Ameobi and Armstrong this summer will fare better than those of the past.
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