Newcastle United are once again watching winger Daryl Horgan on Thursday night according to reports from Ireland today.

The winger has been scouted by Newcastle United after catching Rafa Benitez’ eye with his Europa League exploits this season and Dundalk face a crucial home match against AZ Alkmaar, in this penultimate group match (Maccabi Tel Aviv away on Thursday 8 December is the final group game).

Zenit top Group D with 12 points but it is tight between the other three, AZ having two points and both Dundalk & Maccabi Tel Aviv with four.

The Irish League finished in October, so interesting to see whether Daryl Horgan and his teammates will be helped or hindered by the absence of domestic commitments in recent weeks.

The owners of Manchester City have also previously sent representatives to watch Horgan, with the player seen as a possible good fit for Melbourne City who they also own.

A number of other English clubs are expected to be represented on Thursday night, West Ham named as one of them, to watch the Irish League’s player of the year.

It would be some story if Daryl Horgan does end up making it in England, now 24 years old it is rare for a player to reach that age and still be playing in the Republic of Ireland and yet still hope to make it in the Premier League/Championship.

It would be a low risk signing for Newcastle though, with the player out of contract after 8 December 2016 and so wouldn’t come with a transfer fee attached.

Daryl Horgan & Dundalk have just won the league for a third year in a row, so little more for the winger to achieve in domestic football in Ireland.

He was also recently called up for the World Cup qualifier against Austria and if he wants to progress his international career, the 24 year old winger needs to be playing at a higher level of football.