Newcastle tracking 17 year-old Hartlepool United midfielder

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Luke James of Hartlepool appeals for a decision during a match

James - Newcastle United building for the future and looking towards English

While Newcastle United’s transfer focus revolves around a certain Romain Amalfitano and his imminent move to St.James’ Park, SkySports are reporting that Luke James, of Hartlepool is subject to an approach from the North East’s biggest club. James, at just 17 years old has burst on to the scene in League 1 - or apparently so - and NUFC alongside relegated Bolton, and Scottish champions Celtic chase his signature. First off, it’s great to see we are looking at young English talent and our youth-system work is well and truly moving through the gears - it is very encouraging to see us eyeing up potential stars of the game that’s for sure.

The most interesting about it all, and you can read the article on SkySports here, is the fact we have supposedly already submitted a bid for the midfielder. So, that says to me that the Newcastle scouting team were watching him all last season in League 1 and with the summer approaching, are now ready to offer cash and sign the youngster up.

It’s the first time we’ve been linked to James - who scored three goals last season - and this potential transfer could be a sign of things to come. It is often the case at St.James’ Park where we end up signing players that haven’t been linked with us at all. Amafitano of course has been heavily linked, but the likes of Santon and even as far back as Jonas Gutierrez arrived to the surprise of Newcastle fans. (Although TyneTime did break the news before most that we had a bid accepted for Santon.)

If there’s any Hartlepool fans reading this, it would be great to hear what you’ve to say. Does James have the potential, with the right coaching, to take Premier League in his stride?

Comments welcome 🙂

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Northumberland Poolie: ⏱ 23/05/2012

Hartlepool season ticket holder here. Luke James has been played more in an out and out striker role (similar to Michael Owen but before he lost his pace). Very young and raw but scored a couple of cracking goals inc our goal of the season. As our youngest ever goal scorer he has bags of potential but I would say a couple of years away from a regular in the premiership. He's from Amble so wouldn't mind moving back up from the deep south!

Doocey: ⏱ 24/05/2012

Thanks for clearing that up. I heard he's a Sunderland fan which might cause some problems though :-D