Newcastle United are not in the running to sign Hartlepool United rising star Connor Simpson.
Reports in the national press suggested the Magpies were leading the race to land the 17-year-old, who made his Pools debut last season.
But the Mail has learned that this is wide of the mark.
While looking to recruit for their Under-23 ranks, ahead of a busy campaign which now includes the Checkatrade Trophy, Newcastle are not thought to be looking at Simpson.
Although, interest from Premier League giants Liverpool, also credited with keeping tabs on the teenager the Sunday People last weekend, has not been ruled out.
A tall, rangy frontman, Simpson has been getting rave reviews for his performances for the club’s youth sides.
He rose to prominence at the back end of last season when he was called into action for Pools first-team as the club battled, ultimately unsuccessfully, to save their Football League status.
Simpson played the final 10 minutes of the 1-0 loss at Cheltenham Town, replacing Lewis Hawkins in the penultimate game of the League Two campaign. And his impact was almost immediate, coming close to levelling things up with his first touch of the game.
The youth prospect was also called upon on the final day.
He replaced Rhys Oates with 18 left against Doncaster, as fellow sub Devante Rodney stole the show, netting twice to ensure Pools ended the campaign with victory despite suffering the drop.
While Simpson has been a star for Pools youth sides in recent times, he is yet to feature for Craig Harrison’s men yet this season in the National League.