Newcastle Utd ‘leading’ race to sign £25m Bristol City star amid Wolves, Spurs, West Ham interest

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Could Scott be set for a move to St James Park in the summer?

Carabao Cup runners-up Newcastle United are leading the race to sign Bristol City starlet Alex Scott according to multiple reports.

The 19-year-old is gearing up for arguably the biggest game of his career against Manchester City against the FA Cup, but there has been more speculation made about his future with the Robins. Transfer website Football Insider claim that the Magpies are ‘well-placed to complete’ the signing of Scott this summer according to sources. They add that Crystal Palace, Wolves and West Ham are also ready to make a move for the talented teenager.

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Football Insider say that should Newcastle consider loaning Scott back to City for the 2023/24 season, then they would have the upper hand on the other potential suitors. Newcastle are seemingly willing to do that to allow him to continue his development in the Championship.

In January, Leicester City and Wolves joined the running to sign the ‘Guernsey Grealish’ but were put off by the reported £25m value placed on him by the club. Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are said to be long-term suitors of him, with interest going back before the start of the current season.

Scott has played in every Championship game he has been available for this season, missing just one match against Coventry City through suspension. He has six assists, all in the league as well as a goal against West Brom in the FA Cup, and has already matched his goal contributions from his breakout season last year.

He has a contract with the club until the summer of 2025, but owner Steve Lansdown admitted he wanted to extend his contract. Four or five offers came in for players during January and it was indicated that Scott was one of them. The player himself however is focused on completing the remainder of the season before discussing his long-term future with the club in the summer.

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“I think at the minute, I don’t really want to worry about that,” said Scott in mid-February about the new contract offer.

"Like I said, the focus is completely on football and that’s the main thing for me. That’s all I really think about. When I go home it’s about thinking ahead of the next game, the only thing on my mind right now is performing for this club.

“All of the contract talk and all of that, I’ll put that to the side in the summer and then go from there."

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