Newcastle United swoop to sign Leeds United and West Ham target
Newcastle United have confirmed the arrival of former RB Leipzig left-back Matthew Bondswell after receiving international clearance.
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.
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.