Steve Bruce must not stand in Kyle Scott’s way of securing a move to Major League Soccer franchise FC Cincinnati after freezing the midfielder out at Newcastle United.
According to Chronicle Live, Scott is in talks with FC Cincinnati and is close to joining the Eastern Conference side just 19-months after moving to St. James’ Park following his release by Chelsea.
The 23-year-old had hoped to forge a first-team career on Tyneside, but is yet to make a single appearance under Bruce and has not featured for the Toon’s Under 23s since November.
Scott is now desperate to quit the Magpies in order to kick on in his career, and has changed agent in the hopes of finding the best side after a deal to join Swansea City fell through.
The Championship outfit had explored signing the former United States U20 international during the January transfer window, as they sought to get ahead of the queue with Scott due to be a free agent at the end of the season.
Newcastle have the option to extend the Bath-born midfielder’s two-year deal by a further 12-months, though the clause being taken up would appear extremely unlikely at this stage.
Scott arrived on Tyneside with a lot of promise and backing from his many years in Chelsea’s academy, where he scored two times and assisted eight goals in 41 U23 appearances.
Belgian star Eden Hazard and former Blues teammate David Luiz were both said to have been impressed by Scott during their time at Stamford Bridge, and even encouraged the then-21-year-old to explore FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as potential destinations.
Scott was ultimately invited for a trial with Barcelona and to train with the La Liga giants following his Chelsea exit, though rejected the offer and joined Newcastle feeling that his efforts in south west London and the impressions made deserved a contract not a test day.
The ex-England U16 prospect made his senior debut in the FA Cup against Hull City in 2018, but has never moved close to featuring in the Newcastle first-team with the Chronicle adding that Bruce has never once offered Scott an opportunity to train outside of the Toon’s youth ranks.
It is no wonder, then, that Scott is keen to quit the Magpies in the summer and is exploring his options, not only in clubs but what agency he uses to broker a transfer.
And with first-team life a distant dream for the midfielder at Newcastle, Bruce cannot stand in Scott’s way by looking to activate United’s one-year extension clause before the season is over.
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