A Manchester City cast-off has made rapid progress and has regularly trained with the Newcastle first team recently.
Gideon Adu-Peprah was released by Manchester City in summer 2015 but was signed up by Newcastle on a two year scholarship.
The now 17 year old left-back is reported to have impressed and as well as playing 16 matches for the Academy (Under 21s), is now a regular for the reserves (Under 21s), having now made eight appearances including last (Wednesday) night in the 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Whilst it would be a massive surprise if Adu-Peprah was involved in the first team this season, Newcastle are said to see him as potentially filling this problem position in the future.
Neither Massadio Haidara or Paul Dummett look Premier League standard and Moussa Sissoko became the latest emergency left-back, when replacing another emergency one, Jack Colback, against Sunderland.
The Chronicle report that Leicester City and Swansea have both shown interest in Gideon Adu-Peprah as he has progressed this season, with the possibility of firmer interest in the summer.
The Ghana born left-back is not the only young player Newcastle have picked up after being released by another club.
The 18 year old midfielder Stefan Broccoli was brought in after Arsenal let him go in 2014.
Whilst Rolando Aarons was released by Bristol City in 2012 at the age of 16, before Newcastle stepped in and signed him up.