Newcastle United confirm the signing of Leeds United and West Ham target Matthew Bondswell

Newcastle United have confirmed the arrival of former RB Leipzig left-back Matthew Bondswell after receiving international clearance.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 9:36 am

The 18-year-old, who has represented England at under 15s to 18s level, was released by the Bundesliga club in January so he could find a club in his homeland.

West Ham United and Leeds United were said to be chasing the player, however it is the Magpies who won the race for his signature.

A product of the Nottingham Forest academy, Bondswell moved to Germany in the summer of 2018, though his only piece of first-team experience came on loan at Dutch side FC Dordrecht in the first half of this season.

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Newcastle United have signed Matthew Bondswell following his release from RB Leipzig (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

His spell in the Netherlands was then cut after his exit from Leipzig was negotiated. The teenager now joins up with United’s under-23s squad, managed by Chris Hogg and Peter Ramage.

Bondswell could theoretically be involved in Newcastle’s Premier League relegation run-in, if he impresses, though likely falls behind Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis and Matt Ritchie in the pecking order.

On signing, Bondswell said: "It's an amazing feeling to be at such a big club.

"I'm really looking forward to getting started with the boys and hopefully doing some successful things in the future."

Indeed, Bondswell is said to be highly-rated by coaches in the England set-up and has been scouted by Chelsea in the past.

The Nottingham-born youngster, picked by scouts for his speed and athleticism from being a schoolboy sprinter at county level and a triple-jumper, is viewed as a typical modern-day full-back.

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