According to the Express, Newcastle United are to be handed a £100 million transfer kitty and will use this to beat off Liverpool interest in Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney.
Quoting a report in the Daily Star, the Express say that Rafa Benitez has approached the hierarchy at Newcastle and asked that the provide him with the £100 million war fund to allow him to bring in players that will help the Magpies stay in the Premier League.
The Star say that one player high up on Rafa Benitez’s wishlist for next season is Celtic’s 21-year-old left back Kieran Tierney. Tierney has been at Celtic since 2005, signing on as a seven-year-old and coming through the Glasgow giant’s youth system.
The much regarded left-back, who can also operate as a left-sided midfielder, has made 36 appearances with Celtic over the course of this season. This includes 21 Scottish Premiership appearances, as well as nine Champions League appearances – six of these in the qualifying stages.
What will have caught the eye of Benitez is that the youngster likes to get forward and join the attack, creating 12 assists over the course of this season – eight of these coming in league competition.
However, Newcastle will not have it all their own way according to the Express, with two other Premier League sides said to be maintaining a degree of interest in the Celtic youngster.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, according to the Express, “is said to be eyeing the teenager as a solution to the Reds’ ongoing problems at left-back,” where James Milner has been deployed as a makeshift defender this season.
Arsenal are also said to be interested and have “also [been] said to have been tracking Tierney’s progress at Parkhead.”