Newcastle United set to snap up free transfer of former RB Leipzig defender – report
Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on the signing of released former RB Leipzig and England youth international defender Matthew Bondswell.
The pacey 18-year-old, according to the Telegraph, has agreed a deal with the Magpies and is set to start training with the club’s under-23 squad. Although, due to the fact he is a free transfer following his January release by the Bundesliga outfit, Bondswell could theoretically be involved in United’s Premier League run-in, if he impresses.
Former Nottingham Forest left-back Bondswell has four caps for England under-18s and is said to be highly rated by coaches in the international youth setup.
The Magpies are said to have beaten competition from Leeds United and West Ham United for the player’s signature. Bondswell has also been scouted by Chelsea recently.
The player, picked out by scouts for his speed and athleticism, has spent the first half of the season on loan with FC Dordrecht in Netherlands' Eerste Divisie, a move which was cut short due to the player’s want to return to England. Nottingham-born Bondswell, a product of Forest’s academy, signed for Leipzig two and a half years ago.
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