Newcastle United have offered a contract to talented Arsenal forward Alfie Matthews, Football Insider has claimed.
The north-east giants are interested in prising the highly regarded 18-year-old from the Gunners this month ahead of his deal expiring in the summer.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the Magpies have made an offer to Matthews and are hopeful it will be accepted as the club look to get a deal agreed imminently.
This comes after Football Insider broke the news last week that United had opened talks with the Gunners over a potential deal for the rising star.
Matthews is on a two-year scholarship contract at the London giants that runs until the end of the season.
With his future at the Emirates shrouded in doubt, Newcastle United have made a move to try and take advantage of his possible availability.
Matthews has been a regular for their U18s this season and is considered as one of the best players at the club in his age group.
The versatile attacker, who can spearhead the final third or play in any of the three main roles behind the front man, has netted twice in seven starts among 10 appearances for Under-18s this campaign.
The youngster was also named on the bench for the U23s in a Premier League 2 match earlier in the season.
Newcastle’s pursuit of Alfie comes at a time when they are pursuing multiple potential acquisitions in the final two weeks of the window.