Newcastle United are among a number of clubs considering a move for Manchester United’s out-of-favour left-back Luke Shaw, according to the Daily Star.
Shaw’s long-term career at Old Trafford has been called into question this season due to his failure to cement a regular starting spot under manager Jose Mourinho.
In fact, the 21-year-old has made just 14 appearances in all competitions, and only seven of them have been starts in the Premier League.
The Daily Star reports that Shaw is open to quitting United at the end of the season, which has sparked the attention of Crystal Palace, Stoke City and Newcastle.
It is believed that the two Premier League clubs are pondering a £15m offer – half the price of what United paid Southampton for Shaw in 2014 – while Newcastle are planning to enter the race if they achieve promotion to the top flight.
Despite his lack of game time this season, the left-back is still a young player and has potentially has years ahead of him at the top level.
His progress was halted when he suffered a double leg fracture in September 2015, but with a run of matches under his belt, he could become a crucial member of any team.
Most of Newcastle’s current crop of players have Premier League experience, so to add to that would be a bonus, plus they would have an opportunity to shape one of England’s talents.
The fact that Gareth Southgate included the youngster in his latest England squad, despite his lack of minutes, proves that he is still regarded valuable on the international stage.
From Shaw’s point of view, moving to St James’ Park from Old Trafford could be seen as a step down by some, but he needs games under his belt, and at his age he has the opportunity to rise back to the elite.