Three Completed – Two Remaining – Highly-rated young striker in talks to secure loan switch before deadline day
TEAMtalk has learned that Manchester United striker Charlie McNeil is in negotiations with Newport about a loan move before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
United is willing to let McNeill go on loan in January in order for him to gain vital first-team experience.
Several EFL clubs have indicated an interest in McNeil. Newport, on the other hand, is aiming to bring the prolific forward to Rodney Parade.
McNeill, 19, is one of United’s most promising young players. He earned his senior debut earlier this season, in a Europa League loss at home to Real Sociedad.
United is allowing McNeil to go on loan because Erik ten Hag is satisfied with the club’s current attacking options.
Wout Weghorst was signed on loan from Burnley earlier this month, and the in-form Marcus Rashford can also play as a No.9.
However, there are questions about Anthony Martial’s fitness. The Frenchman has had four separate setbacks this season and is currently sidelined with what is classified as a ‘knock’.
That has given Weghorst the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities, with the Dutch international scoring his first goal for the club in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest last week.
Weghorst demonstrates his caliber
“I know it’s what he’s capable of,” Ten Hag remarked of the striker after the game. He has a strong goal-scoring record. We created some more fantastic opportunities. It was a goal fit for a striker.”
Weghorst is expected to start the second leg against Forest at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in Martial’s absence.
The Red Devils enter the game with a 3-0 advantage, but Ten Hag is not taking anything for granted.
“We just have one game,” he stated. We must do the same, prepare, and devise a sound game plan. The players must concentrate.”