DANNY Lennon has admitted his interest in taking Adam Campbell to St Mirren.
Lennon this week re-signed Newcastle United midfielder Conor Newton on a six-month loan.
And he would love to add highly-rated Campbell to his playing staff.
United manager Alan Pardew will farm out the 18-year-old for first-team experience if he signs another senior striker in this summer’s transfer window.
In the meantime, Lennon - who took Newcastle defender Paul Dummett on loan last season - can only wait on events at St James’s Park.
“Adam is a player that Alan thinks very highly of,” said Lennon. “I hear that he is getting mentioned for other places too.
“The lad will want to put his stamp down and remain a Newcastle player, but with the quality competition that he will come up against in that squad, it will be difficult for him.
“The only that gives us that wee edge is the development that we have had a part in for the two other players (Newton and Dummett) we have had here on loan.
“Until it becomes very clear what Alan wants to do with him, it becomes very disrespectful to speak about Adam going out on loan.”
There are now strong links between United and St Mirren, but Lennon is taking nothing for granted.
“Just because we have a good relationship with Newcastle, it does not guarantee us that he will come,” he added.
“Adam is a very good player, and like all managers at this stage, we are actively looking to improve our squad.
“When Adam’s name comes up then, yes, we will get linked with him because of the relationship we have with his club, but there are many other good clubs out there that will be linked with him.”