Sunday saw Newcastle confirm the 27 man squad who had travelled to Ireland for the pre-season training camp.
A few notable exceptions weren’t included, with Achraf Lazaar, Tim Krul and Emmanuel Riviere left behind, the trio clearly not in Rafa Benitez’ plans.
A fourth player was also left behind but the official club statement explained why Adam Armstrong wasn’t included:
‘And Adam Armstrong has also stayed in Newcastle, with a number of clubs interested in taking the England under-20 international on loan.’
Monday morning has now seen reports that the 20 year old striker is set to link up with Sammy Ameobi at Bolton Wanderers.
Released by Newcastle, Sammy signed a one year deal on Friday and now the Bolton News claims that Adam Armstrong is set to join him.
They say that a deal looked unlikely with Newcastle wanting a substantial part of Armstrong’s wages covered but that talks between the two clubs last week have produced a compromise.
Going to Coventry City as an 18 year old, the teenager had a dramatic first season in senior football, scoring 20 League One goals in 38 starts (and two off the bench).
Making a step up to Championship level with promoted Barnsley, the then 19 year old found it a bit tougher, scoring six league goals in 21 starts (13 off the bench).
Bolton are another side promoted to the Championship and this is a massive season coming up for Adam Armstrong, as he looks to show signs of further progress.
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson confirmed he was targeting Premier League strikers on loan, telling the Bolton News:
“We need four or five players, like every deal you have to be patient but we’re working hard to get those deals done.
“As I’ve said before, you really do face competition for the attacking players.
“We’ve looked at one or two Premier League players but their clubs want them back in for the first couple of weeks of pre-season, which is normal.
“There are a couple of other players who were out of our reach earlier in the summer who are now starting to fall within our remit.
“It was a good week for us, especially getting the Sammy Ameobi deal (signed on Friday) over the line.”