Newcastle United beat Man United and Aston Villa to midfield star of real promise

Newcastle United may not make a formal announcement for a number of weeks but all expectation is Lloyd Kelly will be their first arrival for the new season. The fact Kelly, who will be a free agent, is still under contract at Bournemouth until the end of the month means we may not see an announcement anytime soon, but the deal is done.

Kelly will almost certainly be the first high-profile signing confirmed by the club, but he may not be the first to officially sign on after it emerged the Mags have finally struck a deal with Portsmouth for their highly-rated teenage midfielder CJ Afumuzor. As reported by nufcblog.co.uk Pompey have agreed to sell the 14-year-old schoolboy to Newcastle, with the youngster due to join Newcastle's academy set-up next season.

Newcastle will pay a nominal fee for the player under the terms of the Premier League-driven Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), but The News in Portsmouth report the clubs have agreed a number of financial incentives which will be paid depending on Afumuzor's progress through the ranks.

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The teenager will be given time to adapt to life in the north east and away from the spotlight, but that may not last for long if his potential is reached with many on the south coast who have watched the young player progress hailing him as one of the best players of his age in the country and a talent of real note.

Which would explain why Newcastle had to reportedly hold off competition from Manchester United and Aston Villa to secure the midfielder. Such is Afumuzor's strength and attributes, he was playing for Portsmouth's under-16s two years above his age, but is expected to feature in the Newcastle under-15s next season as he acclimatises to life in a Premier League academy.