Newcastle United agree deal to sign Trevan Sanusi

Newcastle United have reportedly won a hotly-contested race to sign Birmingham City youngster Trevan Sanusi on a permanent transfer.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle United have beaten a host of Premier League clubs to the signing of Birmingham City youngster Trevan Sanusi.

The Magpies enjoyed a terrific season in 2022/23, finishing fourth in the standings and earning a well-deserved return to the Champions League, with the excitement of hosting European giants such as PSG, Borussia Dortmund, and AC Milan at St. James’ Park brimming on Tyneside.

However, the key was for them to go all-in during the summer transfer window, bolster the squad, and ensure it was primed for an assault across four different competitions. Newcastle have done a good job in that respect, making several important signings, including Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes, among others.

While it is essential that the Magpies bolster their present team, it is equally important that they continue to prepare for the future, establishing a dynasty that will bring sustained success down the line without spending a fortune.

For that to happen, top young talent needs to be recruited for the underbelly, youngsters who they can nurture into stars over time. And the Magpies have been investing in the future throughout the summer window, bringing in extremely talented youngsters from all across the world.

Gambian wonderkid Yankubah Minteh was signed from Danish side Odense before being loaned out to Feyenoord earlier in the summer. Newcastle have also recruited the likes of Sam Pinnington from Luton Town, Sam Alabi from Oldham Athletic, Kacey Wooster from Southend United, and Michael Mills from Port Vale.

On deadline day, United announced the arrival of Norwegian youth international Travis Hernes from League One side Shrewsbury Town, as well as recently completing the signing of Cathal Heffernan from AC Milan, and England Under-16 international Leo Shahar from Wolves.

And now set to join Newcastle United’s highly-rated youth academy, Sanusi has opted for St. James’ Park as his next destination after the Toon beat the likes of Liverpool, Spurs, and both Manchester clubs to the teenager’s signature in what can only be described as a coup.

As was the case with most of the aforementioned transfers, the club’s sporting director, Dan Ashworth, played an instrumental role in ensuring that the prodigy would be wearing the black and white stripes at St. James’ Park.

An extremely gifted winger, Sanusi is unique talent. He became one of the most sought-after youngsters in English football after turning down a contract extension with Birmingham City earlier this summer.

After all, he has been a regular for Birmingham’s under-21s despite only turning 16 last April and even made the bench for the first team in the Blues’ final game of last season against Sheffield United. Had he come off the bench on that day, the 16-year-old would have broken Jude Bellingham’s record and become the youngest ever player to represent Birmingham’s senior side.

The hope is that Sanusi will gradually nurture himself as a dynamic winger as the years pass, excelling in Newcastle’s youth system before eventually making the step-up to the first team, where there’s a lot of competition waiting for him, but he is certainly one to watch.

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