Newcastle United are leading the race for Scotland U19s star Kyle Joseph ahead of the likes of Premier League rivals Arsenal (Daily Mail).

The talented Scotland youth international has attracted plenty of interest in recent months, north and south of the border. Arsenal were one of the first teams linked but now Newcastle United are in the mix.

Linked with Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Linked with Arsenal and the Toon. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Out-of-contract at Wigan Athletic come the end of the season, Newcastle United have jumped in with strong offer that puts them in pole position to land the striker linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal.

Celtic were also said to be having talks with Joseph’s representatives in February but their offer has been trumped by the Newcastle United bid. Joseph has scored five goals in 16 games for Wigan Athletic this season.

He has also appeared six times for Scotland at U19s level with goal, bound to step up to Scott Gemmill’s U21s squad once the new rotation begins for the team later this year.

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